Books for Kids (and the Adults who Love Them) a Family Story, a Sweet Tale and Black Magic for October

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BY JO PERRY

Yaccarino begins his story in Sorrento, Italy as his great-grandfather Michele leaves for America.

Each family has its own important story. All The Way To America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and A Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino introduces readers 5 to 9 years old the author/illustrator’s own history. Yaccarino begins his story in Sorrento, Italy as his great-grandfather Michele leaves for America with his parents’ love, some family photographs, his mother’s tomato sauce recipe, and a small shovel, his father’s admonition to “work hard’ and his mother’s reminder to “never forget your family.” Yaccarino shows how each succeeding generation works hard, remembers the family, and uses the shovel in a different way. Children will enjoy seeing that the author’s son now uses the shovel for tending his terrace garden. The bright and stylish illustrations illuminate a story that is sure to inspire wonderful family conversations and reminiscences.

The thrilling story of a Brooklyn beekeeper and his beloved, hard-working bees.

Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi with illustrations by Krysten Brooker is the thrilling story of a Brooklyn beekeeper and his beloved, hard-working bees. Full of sensual detail and interesting facts, readers 4 – 8 years will be amazed at the way honey is produced and find the story’s conclusion, fat jars of rich “Brooklyn Honey, Made By Tireless Brooklyn Bees” to be deliciously satisfying: “It is sweet, like linden flowers. / It is sharp, like rosemary. / It is ever-so-slightly sour. ‘Ah,’ says Fred, absorbing these happy flavors, ‘Blueberries!’”

Every toddler should have this touch and feel, scratch and sniff, lift the flap Little Black Book.

Now that the days are shorter, every toddler should have this touch and feel, scratch and sniff, lift the flap Little Black Book by Renee Khatami. This small, comfortingly chunky book is a celebration of the color black: “…soft, bold, mysterious, sparkling, [and] sweet…” Toddlers will love the feel of the black bunny’s fur, the stiff whiskers on a black cat mask, the smoothness of black velvet, the scent of black licorice, the black bat inside a magician’s top hat, and the stars that glitter in the black night sky.

Jo Perry has a Ph.D. in English, taught literature and writing, and worked as a college administrator and as a television writer and producer. She is a reviewer for BookBrowse.com and is an ongoing contributor to kidsLA Magazine for which she writes about the city, children’s books, and conducts interviews. For two years she wrote the Kids’ Book Club column for the L.A. Times’ Kids’ Reading Room page.

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