Every week I volunteer at the Center for Children’s Books and the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. As such, I see a lot of great books for kids and young adults. The Center for Children’s Books has a great non-circulating collection, and the Bulletin gets boxes upon boxes of books every week filled with the latest books before they are published. I am going to try to be better about posting reviews of some of my favorites that come through. Here are just a few quality picture books that are beautifully illustrated, have fun stories, and teach kids in an entertaining way. These are of course viewpoints endorsed by Librarians are Weird, but are not to be confused with reviews of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. For those reviews please consider subscribing! As of this posting it is only $15 for students!
Pepi Sings a New Song by Laura Ljungkvist is the story of a parrot who goes on a little adventure to different places around the city to learn new things so he can make up a new song to sing for the little boy that owns him. He goes to the bakery, the dog park, to an artist, to a musician, etc. The illustrations are fantastic and I thought the selection of words was a nice mix of the ordinary and less ordinary.
Dark Night by Dorothee De Monfreid is another really cute one that came in awhile ago, but is out now. I love the color and the style. It is about a little boy that goes into the woods and there are all kinds of scary animals, but with a help of a woodland friend he overcomes his fears. It is a beautifully styled book. I just love the look of it. It is a great picture book for kids that are afraid of the dark.
With a lot of hidden creature books it is easier to find all the creatures. Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed Revealed by David M. Schwartz really made me look hard to see them, and it was very cool to learn about these amazing creatures. The book has poems, shows the picture, and you try to find the creatures. Then you lift the flap and it highlights just the creature. Adults will have fun with this one, too.
Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russell does not feature a rabbit from the moon. While this could be disappointing, it really wasn’t. I loved that the little rabbit loves living in the city, but longs for a friend. She ventures out to find a little brown rabbit that plays guitar. They form a fast friendship, and while the new friend wants her to stay she goes home. It is a sweet tale of friendship, independence, and of knowing what makes you happy.
The Octonauts & the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi is the first I’ve read in the Octonauts series, but I am absolutely hooked. Not only are the team of creatures beyond adorable, but they have a mystery to solve! The team is on the case to find out why a large and bustling reef city has become a ghost town. Not only is the book engaging as a mystery and kids will learn the names of all kinds of creatures, but kids will learn something when the mystery is solved! Scooby fans will love The Octonauts, which is good news since The Octonauts will soon be an animated television series. For more information check out the official website: The Octonauts!
Find these items at a library near you!
- Pepi Sings a New Song by Laura Ljungkvist
- Dark Night by Dorothee De Monfreid
- Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed Revealed by David M. Schwartz
- Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russell
- The Octonauts & the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi