Daddy’s Girl is a new picture book from author Helen Foster James and illustrator Estelle Corke great for children ages 2-5. Jame’s rhymes make the story of a little girl preparing her tea party approachable for young ears. Corke’s illustrations make use of pink and yellow as the primary colors, ensuring that each page is bright and colorful.
As the little girl, whose accessorizing includes a crown, pearls, and a boa, has tea with her teddy bear and Daddy, she realizes she has more than enough to share with others. She invites other stuffed animals to the tea party. The story concludes with a father and daughter hug, as the daughter expresses, “I love that you are here.”
Russel Hoban has written some of the best classics in children’s literature. Bread and Jam for Frances and Bedtime for Frances are two of the most loved.
In 1966, Hoban wrote Charlie the Tramp, illustrated by his wife Lillian Hoban. Charlie is a young beaver who wants to grow up to be a tramp. His parents, much to the dismay of Charlie’s grandfather, allow him to experience the life of a homeless beaver. During this experience, Charlie hears, like young Samuel in the night, the call to his life’s work.
Miss You Like Crazy, Pamela Hall, Tanglewood Press, 2014.
Walnut is a little squirrel who is going to miss his mom when she goes to work. They agree that it would be a lot of fun if he could go to work with her. They imagine the adventures they could share. Even though they cannot have these adventures all the time, Walnut’s mother assures him that he is always on her mind. Together they find ways to have a presence for each other when at work or school.
The story is light-hearted and fun. The illustrations are cheerful and eye catching. Toddler J enjoyed hearing the story, but I think she might have enjoyed the pictures of the squirrel family more.
Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education, Raphaele Frier, Charlesbridge, 2017.
In October of 2012, Malala Yousafzai was tossed into the mainstream media after the Taliban attempted to take her life. Malala was targeted because he was a girl receiving an education. Her father was targeted because he not only allowed her to get an education, he ran the school for girls.
After recovering from her injuries, Malala became a force to be reckoned with. She used her young voice to advocate for girls’ education. At the age of eighteen, she became the youngest person awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
You Are Two, Sara O’Leary, Owlkids Books, 2016.
At our house, we are inching closer with each passing day to 2-year-old status. This stage of life is most often referred to as the “terrible twos.” The days are filled with the struggle of telling a toddler “No,” while the toddler continues to do it. Or, brief, random moments of fussy and kicking when the toddler does not get what they want. Then, there is the constant refrain, “Mine.”
The twos can be quite terrible.
Max at Night, Ed Vere, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016.
Max at Night will remind you of Good Night, Moon. No doubt, it will become apart of the nighttime ritual for little ones. In Ed Vere’s latest children’s book, Max, the brave little kitten, is ready for bed. The little kitten, however, cannot go to sleep until he says goodnight to the moon.
When he looks out the window, the moon is not there. His nighttime ritual is incomplete, and Max is unable to go to sleep.
Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball, Angel Krishna, Global Publishing Group, 2015.
This is a fun, little book for children about a group of monkeys who are playing baseball. It’s what they do every Sunday afternoon. But one Sunday there were no coconuts to be found. They couldn’t play baseball without a coconut to use as their ball.
The only solution to their dilemma is to go to the other side of the island to get more coconuts, which means crossing the river. But they cannot cross the river with help from the crocodiles. The crocodiles see the monkeys coming and know that they are going to ask for help to get across the river. Continue reading
I Can Roar!, Frank Asch, Kids Can Press, 2015.
In this combination of two previous Asch books from 1997 I Can Blink Like an Owl and I Can Roar Like a Lion, children have the opportunity to pretend to be many different animals by putting their faces up to the cut-out hole at the center of the board book.
This is a great little board book for children ages 2-4. It’s a great way for them to learn different animals and be creative. For example, one page says, “I can baa like a sheep,” and another, “I can puff my cheeks like a squirrel.”
Here’s a preview video so you can get the idea:
Stanley at School, Linda Bailey, Kids Can Press, 2015.
This is a fun little book about a dog named Stanley who is curious about what the kids do in school. He asks his dog friends at the park, but they do not anymore than he does. He convinces them to join him in breaching the school doors. And what could go wrong with four dogs in an elementary school?
Bill Slavin’s illustrations are perfect for the story. They are colorful, fun, and engaging. The illustrations, like all good illustrations, help tell the story. These are no different. The bright pictures reinforce how Stanley and his friends drive the story. In fact, you do not hear a human speak until the custodian, with his broom in hand, says, “Bad dogs.”