I have started recording the reading of these books (or I should say “Blossom” is recording them (with permission of the authors of course). In case you don’t remember my project for work, you can check it out here. It has been a long time coming and has taken more than I anticipated to make this happen but it is coming together finally and the recordings should be up on YouTube in the next couple of weeks.
Here are my reviews of these books that I have recorded so far – please support these authors. Children’s books are more than just the verse and text, the illustrations are what keep the kiddos engaged and these books all do that. These are all five star out of five star books.
My Doctor and Me ABC by Dr. Stephanie Cox and illustrated by Emily Burger. I think this book should be in every pediatrician’s office. What a great way to teach children about different things in the doctor’s office and their own body. It would help alleviate nervousness about visiting the doctor. Even some of the more difficult letters were educational – Uvula was a harder one to read, but these were spot on.
Sidney by G. Gilman Wheeler is charming. Sidney has lots of friends and when he encounters a problem, they are there to help him solve it. The illustrations are crisp, clean and colorful and the text is great. The children I read this book to loved it and it had lots of places we could talk about what Sidney was doing or what his friends were doing and how that made him feel.
Adventures at Walnut Grove (A Lesson about Teasing) by Dana Lehman, illustrated by Judy Lehman. This is the first book in a series of books about the animals at Walnut Grove. In this book, we are introduced to many of the characters. But a new face in their lives has shown up and is teasing Sammy the Squirrel for his funny eyes (they look like raccoon eyes). The message is definitely there, yet subtle. The illustrations are very pretty and show all the different animals as they play ball. I love these books with a message.
The Magical World of Twigshire (Vol. 1) written and illustrated by Judi Light. This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. The artwork is absolutely incredible and creative. I fell in love with the pictures, but the verses were enchanting as well. The artwork is available for purchase as well as the books. Each page is a separate story from Twigshire, some in rhyme and some in prose – but all in a verse that is easy to read and understand.
Clyde and Friends, 3 Books in 1 by Russ Towne, illustrated by Josh McGill. Clyde is a Green Giraffe – he has adventures, solves problems and introduces us to his friends (like Hoozy Whatzadingle!). The illustrations are wonderful – colorful and simple. The stories in this collection are great – all with a message. But the text is what really shines – the rhyme has a cadence and rhythm to it that makes it easy to read and easy to listen to.