Kids’ Book Corner: Bright Books for Spring

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Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: BabYiddish by Laurel Snyder with joyful watercolor illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke is an introduction to Yiddish for kinder up to four years old. The colorful, chunky rhyming book explains what it means to kibitz, to schmooze, to nosh, to schlep, to kvetch, and to schluff (sleep); and shows what it means to be a klutz or what a tuches is. This is a book for bubbes to share with the grandkids they love.

Big Bunny by Betseygail and Colleen Rand, illustrated by C.S. W. Rand is a fresh Easter story about a bunny that grows bigger than the rest of her bunny friends and feels clumsy, sad and different, Luckily the bunny’s friends devise a way to make her feel important again. This is a nice book for Easter, or for children who feel self-conscious about being tall or different from their peers. Unfortunately, the stiff illustrations never come alive—an opportunity missed. 3-5 years old.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet is everything a children’s book should and can be: simple enough for a baby, clever enough for an adult–interactive, fun, fresh and brilliantly elegant: Children press the yellow dot on the cover and enter an amazing visual world in which each page asks them to do something—touch a dot on a page, shake or tilt the book—with surprising and very satisfying results. Press Here reminds us why real ink-and-paper books will never die. All ages.

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 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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