What the Kids are Reading (in June 2015)

Lots of new library books this month, and there should be lots again next month (summer reading program at the library – extra motivation to check out books from there!)

The Brave CowboyThe Brave CowboyThe Brave Cowboy by Joan Walsh Anglund by Joan Walsh Anglund

Loved this one. LOVED it. I recognized the author’s style from a book I read as a child (A Friend Is Someone Who Likes YouA Friend Is Someone Who Likes You by Joan Walsh Anglund) so that certainly helped me be predisposed to enjoy it. But the storyline was delightful, and the illustrations are charming. I loved how she story is presented – the illustrations are quite clever. My son enjoyed it quite a bit, although my daughter didn’t seem to care about it. Even with that, it’s still highly recommended.

The Seven Silly EatersThe Seven Silly EatersThe Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marla Frazee by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marla Frazee

I found this on a list of picture books you should read to your children. And then on another list of recommended titles. And I finally requested it from the library, and why oh why did I wait so long? It really is silly, but in such a fun way. My kids both really enjoyed it too. Great illustrations, great language that’s enjoyable to read – it’s a winner. Highly recommended as well.

SmokeySmokeySmokey by Bill Peet by Bill Peet

I’m casually working my way through Bill Peet’s books, and this is what the library had available next. It’s ok, but there is a section that is so obnoxiously dated that it’s going back after only two readings. If my son hadn’t found it where I’d stashed it, it’d have only had one reading. 😉

Mrs Harkness and the PandaMrs. Harkness and the PandaMrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

I mentioned this in my post on the adult nonfiction title The Lady and the Panda, and I was pleasantly surprised at this kids’ version of her story. Obviously as it’s targeted at children it doesn’t have the depth (or the not-so-savory elements) as the other book, but it’s a cute book. Recommended if your library has a copy of it, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to buy it.

My Name is Not IsabellaMy Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin and Isabella: Star of the StoryIsabella: Star of the Story by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin

My daughter’s picks, and I was underwhelmed. I like the idea behind these books, but the execution didn’t fully work for me. I thought Isabella was fairly obnoxious, and the concept are a bit beyond the age range that the illustrations and limited, repetitive text seems to target. These are hugely popular, so obviously they work for some people, but they were misses for me. They didn’t even keep my kids attention, and my daughter never asked to reread either one. Not recommended.

Hello Night Hola NocheHello Night/Hola NocheHello Night/Hola Noche Bilingual (Multilingual Edition) by Amy Costales, illustrated by Mercedes McDonald by Amy Costales, illustrated by Mercedes McDonald

My son is really interested in learning Spanish right now, so I grabbed this as it’s a bilingual text. He wasn’t interested in it at all though, and I’m not sure if it was the overall idea of it, or just this specific book. I’ll try again with another book later.

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