Kid’s Book Corner Books to Give, Books to Love

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BY JO PERRY

Books to the ceiling,

Books to the sky,

My pile of books is a mile high.

How I love them! How I need them!

I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.

~Arnold Lobel

If you want your children to love reading, show them that you value books. Let them see you read, give them books as gifts, surprises, and rewards––books to treasure, books for fun, books for information. Read together. Listen to audio books on the way to school. Use books instead of a place cards this Thanksgiving or at your holiday table––it will be fun seeing who sits where and why. Here are some books to share, to give and to love:

Classic tale of friendship and color

Leo Leoni’s classic tale of friendship and color, little blue and little yellow, has been reissued as a chunky board book for toddlers and babies. But readers of every age will delight in the transformation friendship brings to yellow and blue and their families.

A take-off of the “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”

2-5 year olds will fall under the spell of Phillis Gershator’s and Giselle Potter’s lovely and serene Moo, Moo Brown Cow! Have You Any Milk?, a take-off of the “Baa, Baa Black Sheep” rhyme with the inclusion of a goose, a red hen, a bee, (“Buzz, buzz, yellow bee, have you any honey? ‘Yes, sir, yes sir, sweet and sunny.’), and a brown cow who take a young boy to dreamland with them.

Little hands can open doors, spin wheels, and become part of each exciting rescue

Matthew Reinhart’s colorful Rescue Pop-Up Emergency Vehicles introduces young readers old to emergency responders and their vehicles: “Emergency! Two hikers are stranded high in the mountains. Let’s lower a ladder and fly them to safety!” Crisp, double-page pop-up collages show police officers and dog and their police car; a lifeguard with a jet ski; a female helicopter pilot; a paramedic and an ambulance; and a firefighter. Little hands can open doors, spin wheels, and become part of each exciting rescue. 4-8.

A hilarious and satisfying story of personal redemption for readers 4 and up.

Nicholas Oldland’s The Busy Beaver is a hilarious and satisfying story of personal redemption for readers 4 and up. Beaver means well but “ . . . was so busy that he didn’t always think things through.” He hurts his friends, damages the forest, and lands in the hospital where he finally has some time to think about his negligent ways and resolves to change. Oldland’s illustrations are smart, elegant and fun.

Elizabeth knows who she is and she likes herself

Girls will love Annika Dunklee’s and Matthew Forsythe’s Elizabeth in My Name Is Elizabeth! Elizabeth knows who she is and she likes herself. With satisfyingly detailed and sharp, almost retro black, white, blue and orange illustrations, we applaud Elizabeth as she insists that the world acknowledge her long, beautiful name—not Liz, not Betsy––but Elizabeth in all its 9-lettered glory. (4 and up).

Kids 4 and up will love the comical, rewarding illustrations and the many lessons

School for Bandits by Hannah Shaw is the story of Ralph, a raccoon whose kindness and good manners are a worry and disappointment to his parents: “’We didn’t bring you up to be like this,’ sighed his dad. ‘How will you ever become a great raccoon bandit like Grandpa Cutlass or Uncle Whiskers? It’s time you learned some bad manners. . . We’re sending you to Bandit School.’” Kids 4 and up will love the comical, rewarding illustrations and the many lessons Ralph and his fellow students learn in bandit school and out.

Next month: Holiday books.

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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  • Lisa

    Jo always does such a good job. Thanks Jo!

  • Karyn

    I want to read them all! Jo Perry’s reviews are so engaging! Thank you!

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