Glo Goes Shopping by author Cheryl Willis Hudson and illustrator Cathy Johnson
Age Range: 3 and Up
Publisher: Just Us Books Inc
Publication Date: October 1, 1999
Glo needs to buy a gift for her friend Nandi. She goes to the mall with her mom and explores different items in a variety of stores. Remembering that the gift should be practical and fun allows Glo to buy the perfect gifts for her friend. This book could lead to a discussion about merchandise sold in different stores and buying things for other people. Vibrant illustrations against white backgrounds.
Giant Dance Party by author Betsy Bird and illustrator Brandon Dorman
Age Range: 4-8 years
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
A precocious youngster named Lexy decides to give up dancing and become a dance teacher in this picture book. While she loves to dance, her stage fright prevents her from showing her talent when on stage in recitals. Being a dance teacher would allow her to enjoy dance without dancing on stage. She advertises for clients but nobody enrolls. Just as she is about to ditch her dance teacher dream, five blue furry giants appear and ask for lessons. At first Lexy is apprehensive but they persuade her to take them on as dance students. Each one learns a different dance. The day comes when Lexy’s students are ready for a recital. Once they are on stage, a problem that Lexy is all too familiar with attacks the giants. Thank goodness Lexy knows exactly what to do! My Book Eyes likes Lexy’s problem solving. The illustrations of the giants are adorable.
L is for Love: A Heartfelt Alphabet by author/illustrator Greg Paprocki
Age Range: toddler and up
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
In this alphabet board book, words and illustrations represent deeds linked to care and connection throughout all 26 letters. Important lessons learned in few words. Illustrations are vibrant and diverse. Wonderful gift for any age.
Pizza at Sally’s by author/illustrator Monica Wellington
Age Range: 3 years – 7 years
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 1, 2006
In this picture book, the audience learns to make a scrumptious cheese pizza in Sally’s pizza store. Sally gathers tomatoes in a community garden, receives delivered bags of milled flour and purchases cheese at a neighboring store. This business owner shows readers that her ingredients come from a variety of places. Anticipation displayed on customers’ faces will have viewers also wanting to go to Sally’s for a slice. Many action verbs sprinkle this story as Sally creates her pizza pies. Illustrations are striking and easy to understand. At the end of this book there is a recipe for making pizza.
Flower Girl Butterflies by author Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard and illustrator Christiane Kromer
Age Range: Preschool – Grade 2
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: March 30, 2004
Aunt Robin bestows upon young Sarah, the flower girl position. Sarah is exhilarated as she picks out her dress yet is concerned about events that could ruin her opportunity in this picture book. My Book Eyes found it pleasing to read about a child character that is fretful about herself yet mature enough to give up her room to guests, console the ring bearer at rehearsal, help others get dressed on the wedding day, give herself a pep talk and have fun too. Illustrations of the whole wedding experience are well depicted and conjure up memories of what it is like to participate in or attend a wedding with its routines and family members.
Dough Knights and Dragons by author Dee Leone and illustrator George Ermos
Ave Range: 5 and up
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
When a knight stumbles upon a dragon’s cooking supplies, a friendship brews. Except, aren’t dragon’s suppose to devour knights and knights suppose to slay dragons? As a competition that expects them to destroy each other draws near, one deep fried disaster sparks a witty idea. What begins as an activity shared by two, changes policy in Magical Kingdom in this rhyming picture book. Appetizing story. Gourmet illustrations.
Astronaut Annie by author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Nicole Tadgell
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
With Career Day approaching, Annie keeps her career a secret from her family but gives each relative a clue about the profession she will represent. In return, each family member gives Annie something she can use on Career Day. In this picture book, readers also briefly learn about various careers that have occupied Annie’s family’s lives. My Book Eyes marveled at the clever way Annie discloses her career. The book adds information about four female astronauts called Women in Space at the end of the story. Following that are facts about the moon to further pique interest on a page called The Magnificent Moon. Illustrations and photographs match excellently with this story.
Christmas Cookie Day ! by author Tara Knudson and illustrator Pauline Stewert
Age Range: preschool – grade 2
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
In this rhyming board book, a bear and cub teach readers how to make holiday cookies. Great book to read to a children’s cooking group or to enjoy at home or school with youngsters. Illustrations show details associated with the text so children learn words related to baking cookies. This book comes with a Christmas Cookie Day recipe.
William’s Winter Nap by author Linda Ashman and illustrator Chuck Groenink
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
On a cold winter’s night, several animals seek shelter at William’s home as he tries to sleep. The last animal to arrive is larger than any of the other critters and they hesitate to accept him. This rhyming picture book grabs and maintains readers and listeners attentions as they wait to see which animal will arrive next. The illustrator accurately displays moods of the characters. A satisfying and heartwarming story.
Through the Forest in Fall by Anne Passchier
Ave Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
In this board book, children peek through the see-through opening and see the animal that will be read about next. The story begins with an owl asking a squirrel about food he will eat when the weather gets cold. Next, squirrel asks birds about their winter preparation. Readers briefly learn about three woodland animals’ winter routines. A good introduction to how animals survive in the winter for preschool children and for children learning to read. There are only eight pages to read. Including the front and back covers give this book a total of ten pages. The information isn’t overwhelming. Colors are bright. Great book to couple with an activity.