I haven’t shared a children’s book post in quite some time and thought I’d share some of the books we’ve read this week. Here are five children’s reads for you to check out!
Little Owl Lost
Little Owl Lost is a cute children’s story about a young owl who’s fallen from its nest atop a tall, tall tree. Once Little Owl realizes what’s happened, he wonders where his mother is. Luckily, kind squirrel is there to help. Squirrel assists Little Owl by listening to the descriptions of his mother and then attempting to locate her. Will Little Owl find his mommy after all?
We all enjoyed the book so much. It’s bright and colorful and the story is so funny and just plain silly at times. It’s super simple for young readers with no more than a sentence or so per page. This is a favorite this year.
I read The Frightened Little Flower Bud last year by Renée Paule and G.R. Hewitt. It quickly became one of the best and most essential books in my children’s library. Here we are in 2018 and their newest book HAT is now one of my personal favorites and my #1 children’s read of the year. I’m amazed with how educational this book is and the many lessons it teaches.
The book opens with Bertie, an excellent gardener who loves his old brown, floppy hat. His intelligent dog named Oscar has one just like it. Bertie wouldn’t be caught without his favorite hat, until one day he discovers other people wearing hats that make them look distinguished and important. He wants to trade in his old, floppy hat so that he can feel just like they look: professional, honorable, and clever. What do you think Bertie will do? Oscar seems to know. Will Bertie finally find a hat that makes him feel better than his old, floppy one?
Some of the most important lessons to reiterate to children (I feel) are to be yourself, embrace what you’re good at and run with it, accept every part of yourself and love yourself for who you are, and don’t be afraid to try new things and make your own decisions, but do what feels right. This book teaches all of these lessons and more. Not only that, I think we can all use a reminder that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
This book is great for all ages and I think I enjoyed it just as much as my children did. The questions open up multiple windows for discussion and get them thinking. We also enjoyed the Hatology section in the back which educates you about different types of hats and what they’re called.
I think it’s much needed in classrooms, libraries, and every home. I can’t wait to get my own physical copy to add to our collection. 5***** for HAT!
Big Tree Down!
On the street corner stands Big Tree, a tree that’s been a huge part of the community for a very long time. Big tree offered shade and a meeting place for people from everywhere, until a big storm comes and blows the poor tree down. Big Tree is damaged and the community is without power.
This is a realistic story of what happens after a tree comes crashing down and teaches about the jobs of the emergency and clean up crews. One of our favorite aspects was the community and how they came together for one another. It was sad for everyone to lose Big Tree, especially after how long it was a part of them, but the story ends on a positive note and with a wonderful message. It’s educational too as children will learn how Big Tree-even though he has fallen- has been put to good use. Pretty illustrations and a simple read.
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness
I Walk with Vanessa is a wordless picture book that teaches the importance of kindness and empathy towards others. I picked up this one not knowing exactly what it was about, but it deals with bullying.
Vanessa is a young girl who’s been bullied on the street by another boy. Others in the neighborhood have witnessed it and it makes them all sad. A girl down the street decides that she wants to do something about it and she tells other students. She decides to meet Vanessa for school in the morning. They walk to school together and others join in.
I’ll admit that I LOVE the lessons this book teaches to young children. My only issue is that there isn’t any emphasis on the children telling any authorities- adults, teachers, or parents. This bugs me, mainly because we live in a day and age where adults need to know when children are angry and acting like this. I feel that it can prevent future, more serious outcomes. I did appreciate that a page is added in the back to help children understand what bullying is and how to help, but I really wish there would’ve been something in the story about turning in this boy who is causing problems. Of course, a random act of kindness is where we start, but everything isn’t ‘Kumbaya’ when you have groups of kids together and bullying needs to be stopped and never ignored.
Overall, we enjoyed the book and I believe it’s one that should be in every school and library.
Good Day, Good Night
We love Margaret Wise Brown’s children’s books and when I saw this one, I couldn’t wait to bring it home for my 4-year-old. I mean, just look at that cover!
The sun is coming up and little bunny is starting the day. Little bunny says hello to the sky, the birds, the bees in the hive, and even little kitty drinking her milk. The whole community is getting ready for a big, busy day. When the moon comes up, the night begins and now it’s time for sleep. Little bunny says goodnight to everyone and everything before bedtime.
This is such a cute bedtime book for little ones. The illustrations are so beautiful and the story very simple for new readers. I wasn’t sure how I felt about how the story flips to night so quickly, but I’m happy to have this one in our collection. I think it would be fun to read the book in the morning up until you get to the ‘go live your day’ page, and then come back to the night section and close the book out at bedtime. Kids will enjoy it!
Thanks for checking out this week’s children’s books. I hope you enjoyed the post. Have you read any of these or have some you’d like to share? Feel free to leave comments below if you’d like to.