Happy Halloween Pirates! by author W. Harry Kim and illustrator Inna Chernyak
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Clever Publishing
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
In this rhyming board book, pirates are invited to a Halloween party. They think about costumes to wear. The reader can generate discussions about past costumes worn and/or costumes to be worn. There are flaps to lift which unveil surprises. This feature can encourage turn taking if read to a group of children. Illustrations are colorful and invite youngsters to read on. Good book to read as a precursor or during a Halloween party. The sturdiness of the book will ensure that it can be pulled off the shelf and read for years to come.
Pick a Pumpkin by author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
This rhyming picture book begins with a mom taking two children pumpkin picking. They return home to dad and youngest sibling. The family participates in Halloween hoopla including making treats, carving pumpkins and trick or treating. Friends also get involved in the experience. Detailed descriptions in the text make this a good book to read around pumpkin carving time. Vivid illustrations set the autumn and Halloween mood.
It’s Not the Puppy by author J. Patrick, author Leigh Lewis and illustrator Maddie Frost
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Publisher: Amicus Ink
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
In this rhyming board book, questions are presented that seem to have answers that identify a puppy as the guilty party but surprisingly other animals and people are also capable of doing actions that puppies do. Only one deed is done by the puppy. Readers can have fun naming the culprits or adults can help young children name the guilty i.e. rabbit, raccoon, baby etc. The collage illustrations are bold and adorable.
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Up, Up, Up, Down by author/illustrator Kimberly Gee
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
In this picture book, children will learn to associate words with actions in a day of the life of a young child and his dad. For example, the word up means awake, climbing up and being lifted by dad. The opposite word is also depicted when dad puts the child down. Thumbnail illustrations on white background clearly represent illustrator’s intentions.
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.
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.