This Week’s Children’s Books: The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett – Moon River by Johnny Mercer – Little Otter Learns to Swim by Artie Knapp – Blue Rider by Geraldo Valério #ChildrensBooks #BookReview

Here are some of the children’s books we enjoyed this week…


The Snowy Nap

by Jan Brett


We are huge fans of Jan Brett and couldn’t wait to cuddle up to this new wintry story The Snowy Nap.

The time has come for Hedgie to hibernate, but he’s not willing to miss out on all the fun this winter with his friends. Hedgie strives to stay awake for the winter and won’t let himself fall asleep. When Lisa finds him cold and stiff outside, she puts him indoors by a window where he can witness all the joys of winter.

This book is so absorbing and beautiful. The detailed illustrations are stunning with so much to see on each page. Everything about this book feels real. My daughter was so excited that Hedgie would finally get to see winter. This is a favorite and one we’ll keep for our collection. If you’re a fan of Jan Brett, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.


Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; 1st Edition edition (October 16, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399170731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399170737

Moon River

by Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini, Tim Hopgood (Illustrator)


We were elated to find this one at our local library. The cover is what grabbed my daughter’s attention, but for me it was the title. The book is based on the song “Moon River” by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini. In the book, a young girl dreams about seeing the world and begins traveling with her rocking horse and teddy bear. The illustrations by Tim Hopgood are imaginative and beautiful.


“Moon River” is a song my grandfather used to sing and that’s what made this book so nostalgic for me. We listened to Andy William’s singing along with the book which made it even more delightful. The illustrations pull you in and I enjoyed seeing my daughter’s eyes light up with each new page. I think I enjoyed it as much as my daughter did. This is a sweet book that would also be perfect for a bedtime story.


Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 16, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250159008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250159007

Little Otter Learns to Swim

by Artnie Knapp & Guy Hobbs (Illustrator)


Little Otter started to quiver.
She was scared of the mighty river.
It was the first time away from her den,
But Mother Otter told her to jump in!

Little Otter is playing and having fun in her habitat while mother teaches her how to swim and watch out for predators. As she begins to spend more time away from Mother Otter, danger is lurking and there is much for her to learn. Mother Otter teaches her that the safest place to be is in the river when predators come near.

We enjoyed the rhyming text of the story paired with all the beautiful wildlife habitats. Guy Hobbs is a wildlife artist and his illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning. Each one is so vivid and lifelike–nearly 3D and popping right off the pages. Not only do readers get a glimpse of the otter families, but many other wildlife animals like birds, butterflies, and reptiles too.

This is one of my five-year-old’s favorite books right now. She didn’t have a huge interest in river otters until we read this book. What makes this children’s book even more of a gem to me are the additional pages in the back which educate children about the importance of river otters with a list of river otter facts. There’s so much to learn and discuss here. Also included is a page on how children can get involved with helping river otters. This book will help keep children in touch with nature and it’s perfect for home, schools, and libraries.


Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Age Range: 6 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: 2 – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press (September 12, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780821423400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821423400

Blue Rider

by Geraldo Valério


Blue Rider is a wordless picture book with very vivid and charming illustrations made with mixed media, including pieces of cut and ripped paper. In the book, a young girl walking through the city finds a book on a sidewalk. Discovering the colorful blue book puts an instant smile on her face. She takes it home and when she opens it…

She’s transported to a whole new landscape as the blue horse takes her out and away from her everyday life in the city. This book reminds me of the quote from Dr. Seuss: “Reading can take you places you’ve never been.” It’s a favorite quote and so true. This wordless picture book transports children to a dreamland. It’s such a wonderful adventure and truly magical!


Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Age Range: 4 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (March 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554989817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554989812

Thanks for reading this week’s children’s book reviews. Do you have any favorite children’s books to share? You can leave comments below.

♥️ Mischenko

36 thoughts on “This Week’s Children’s Books: The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett – Moon River by Johnny Mercer – Little Otter Learns to Swim by Artie Knapp – Blue Rider by Geraldo Valério #ChildrensBooks #BookReview

    1. They’re all great, Teri. I definitely agree with you! Many of the book covers I had as a child were fairly drab, but we all know it’s what’s inside that counts. Although, covers do matter and always pull me in. I’ll forever be a freak for covers. Lol ❤

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  1. I love that happy little hedgehog!

    It is winter here and the lizards are all in hibernation, but I have a little guy living in my house. He showed up about two or three weeks ago. He is living off of tiny spiders in the corner cobwebs. Somehow, he has managed to elude my cat and two dogs. I hope he makes it!

    These books are all adorable, but Hedgie got me. So did the otter.

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    1. Oh, there are so many wonderful books by Jan Brett! The illustrations always captivate me. The borders of the pages often have their own little story going on. Just amazing and definitely worth checking out. Thank you. 😉💗

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    1. Thanks, Jennie! Yes, we do sing the song. This book is basically the song and we listened to Andy Williams along with it. 😁 There are handful of others illustrated by this author. We’re reading a Christmas one now.

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  2. These all look like wonderful books. I love Jan Brett books, but am not familiar with this one. I will have to head to the library when I get home to see if they have it and Moon River. I love the illustrations in these ones. Great share Jenn.

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    1. I think you’ll love The Snowy Nap! Your grandkids would probably like it too. My daughter loved it so much. 🌝 Moon River is going down as a favorite for 2019 and I discovered there are other songs he put into books as well. We just finished a Christmas book of the song “Walking In A Winter Wonderland.” So neat! Hope you get to read these. Thanks, Carla. 💜

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