Winter Walk

by Virginia Snow

I love the unique illustrations in this beautiful winter book. Line drawings cover the pages with colored images highlighting parts of the woods that kids are learning about. “Grammy”  takes her grandkids on a winter adventure and as they explore the woods, they discover different birds, trees, animals and snowflakes. The book educates kids in a simple, illustrative way and even gives two crafts at the end (paper snowflake and pinecone bird feeder).

Beautiful Moon

by Tonya Bolden

This book has just hit the top of my list for bedtime stories to read with my girls. I LOVE it. It tells the story of a little boy who almost forgot to say his bedtime prayers and then goes through the people and things he prays for. It is a great reminder for both children and adults not only to pray, but the types of things that are important to pray for (like the homeless and the hungry). The boy prays for several “mature” things but also for his teacher to read a book every day at school. It is delightful and sweet and the illustrations are beyond beautiful. Although we are Christians, the book actually doesn’t even mention God or who exactly the boy is praying to so it would be appropriate for different religions.

The Great Katie Kate Tackles Questions About Cancer

by M. Maitand Deland

This book is geared toward a specific audience of children dealing with cancer either in their own lives or in the life of someone they know. The Great Katie Kate tackles the Worry Wombat and answers a lot of the basic questions about cancer, treatment and common things that come up until children feel less worried about it. Author M. Maitand Deland has a whole series of The Great Katie Kate books that covers topics like diabetes, epilepsy and asthma. The illustrations are great and the characters are relatable and approachable. This is a perfect book for a young child diagnosed with cancer.

“Can’t Wait Willow” and “Must Have Marvin”

by Christy Ziglar

These books by the niece of Zig Ziglar are fantastic! They have so many elements children love, including adorable illustrations. In both of these stories, the main characters Willow and Marvin are following their child desires for immediate gratification only to fall disappointed in the end because they didn’t hold out for what they really wanted. They teach a great lesson to children and make them think about the impulses the characters are making with a star that can be found on every page showing an emotion based on the character’s decisions. All families should add these books to their libraries!

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas

by DK Simoneau and David Radman

Our family loves Christmas books. We read them year round! When we read this book we all adored it. It is so funny and it’s different from other Santa stories. It takes you through a Christmas eve night where nothing went the way it was supposed to and it all began with Santa having to do his own laundry. It’s a very fun story and all young children who love Santa with enjoy this book.

The New Old Truck

by Jennifer Somervell, Illustrated by her sister, Margery Fern

 

the new old truckThis is a charming true story about an old farm truck (a 1921 Model 10 Republic) that the farmer’s children adore. When the truck starts to fail them, the farmer wants to replace it. The kids object and insist that they love the old truck and don’t want anything new. Still, the old truck gets tucked away and forgotten about for many years until the farmer’s son restores the truck, with the rest of the family helping and celebrating. It is a great story and I imagine boys in particular will love it. My four year old daughter enjoys it and laughs every time it talks about the truck “farting” and “grunting” when trying to start. I love that the story is unique and and true. Beautiful illustrations make it a perfect choice for a family library.

The New Old Truck RRP$12.95 is available from selected booksellers, www.talesfromthefarm.co.nz and www.alma.lib.mi.us

The Man With the Violin

by Kathy Stinson

I love this book, perhaps because I am a former violinist. While this is clearly a children’s book it is actually a great reminder for adults to slow down and pay attention to the small details that children don’t seem to miss. This story is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, who played his Stradivarius in a D.C. train station and was barely noticed. The boy in the story, Dylan noticed the violinist and was moved. The music stays with Dylan, coloring his drab day and he eventually hears him on the radio later on. It is a moving story and it has nice illustrations. Children probably won’t appreciate the moral of the story as much as adults, but it is still a great one for kids to hear.

50 Below Zero

by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)

This is a silly little story that is a nice short read for young children. Jason’s dad is a sleep walker and ends up in the most unlikely places and on one particular, snowy night, Jason’s father’s sleepwalking wakes Jason up. Jason finds himself chasing his father around the house where he ends up having to bring him inside from the snow. Kids find it funny to see what silly places (and poses) Jason’s father will be in next! It is a simple board book that is perfect for a short, humorous read.

Guess Who Series

guess who zoo Kids love interactive books! We found a series of books that are so fun and catchy for little ones. The Guess Who book series by Howard Eisenberg includes Guess Who Zoo, Guess Who Farm and Guess Who Neighborhood. guess who farmThey are full of clever little rhymes that are engaging and keep children interested in guessing the animal, person or place. Starting the books are rhyming stories that introduce a character who the kids are helping guess throughout the rest of the book. guess who neighborhoodThere are clues with each rhyme until the answer is revealed. Even after your child has them all memorized, they will still love to read them over and over again. Having the answers and being right thrills them!!

guesswhozooCDThe Guess Who Zoo is accompanied by a musical CD that my 4 year old was OBSESSED with from the second she heard it. We had to listen to it over and over and over and over again in the car. In fat, she loved it so much that she preferred listening to it over watching a movie (which is a big deal for her)! The CD made our summer travels more bearable and I can now sing you every single song at the drop of a hat! When we go the actual zoo, the catchy tunes come up when we see the animals we sing about. And, again, even when your child knows what animal you are guessing for each song before the words even begin, it doesn’t take away any fun for them. They love it!

These adorable books can be purchased at a discount at www.guesswhozoo.com

God Gave Us You

god-gave-us-youWe are a Christian family so we LOVE any book that talks about God and his love for us in a way that captivates children. If the story feels personal to your child then it really helps them to understand the message. God Gave Us You delivered all that and more. It is a book that captured our (almost) 4 year-old instantly, by seeing her name on the cover and on every page. It beautifully tells about God’s love for His children and how “God had a plan at the very beginning… He had you in mind, when He set the world spinning.” The book reads easily with catchy rhymes…my favorite!

Each beautiful illustration features the child’s name. They’ll love finding the letters of their name hiding in the leaves of a tree, strutting on the feathers of a peacock and shining brightly in the night sky. Even the front, back and spine of this 8.5″ x 8.5″ hardcover book are personalized. Parents can write a narration for their children as well, making it a great option for a gift or any special occasion. This is defintiely a book to add to your collection for a wonderful reminder of how perfectly created your little one is. $29.95, available at marblespark.com.