William’s Winter Nap

William's Winter Nap 2

William’s Winter Nap by author Linda Ashman and illustrator Chuck Groenink

Age Range: 2 – 5 years

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

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

Through the Forest in Fall 2

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.

 

Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend by Barbara DiLorenzo

Quincy The Chameleon

 

Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend by Barbara DiLorenzo

Age Range:  4 – 8 years

Publisher: little bee books

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

He can grab flies with his tongue, swing with his tail and move his eyes in different ways. Unfortunately, Quincy just can’t conceal himself in his surroundings like his chameleon mates at school. In this picture book, Quincy never learns to blend however he does learn to contribute his talent to his society. The artwork is attractive and sometimes offers comic relief. Readers and listeners are never too old to benefit from this story.

 

Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C

letters from new york 3

Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C by author/illustrator Maree Coote

Age Range:  5 – 7 years

Publisher: Melbournestyle Books

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

This is an interesting and fun way to learn about memorable people and places associated with New York City. In this picture book, each illustration is created with letters of the pictures’ names. Readers have the task of carefully visually scanning the illustrations to find all the letters that spell the pictures ‘ names. Illustrations are appealing. Additionally, an informative poem sits beside each picture. A counting activity is included as well as Clever Kids Teacher’s Notes which supplies extra trivia about New York City. My Book Eyes highly recommends this multipurpose picture book.

Sisters & Champions

Sisters and Champions 2

Sisters & Champions by author Howard Bryant and illustrator Floyd Cooper

Age Range:  4 – 8 years

Publisher:  Philomel Books

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

In this picture book, two sisters, determined, devoted paired with a supportive family defy society’s odds and become renowned tennis players. Encouragement to purse dreams despite obstacles that may seem insurmountable as Venus and Serena do echoes throughout the book. Well written. Illustrations are beautiful and show realistic details and ranges of emotions.

Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See?

scientist scientist who do you see 3

Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? By Chris Ferrie

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky 

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Information about 13 renowned scientists from a variety of countries is displayed in a rhyming picture book to satisfy young minds. The scientists are: Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Ahmed Zewail, Grace Hopper, James Maxwell, Ada Lovelace, George Washington Carver, Chien-Shiung Wu, Alan Turing, Anna Mani, Charles Darwin, and Katherine Johnson. In the illustrations, near each scientist is a picture of something that represents his or her accomplishment (s). In the back of the book is more in-depth information about each scientist. My Book Eyes marveled at this kid friendly approach to science.

 

 

A Lullaby of Summer Things

a lullaby of summer things 3

A Lullaby of Summer Things by author Natalie Ziarnik and illustrator Madeline Valentine

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

Publication Date: May 15, 2018

With summer still upon us, My Book Eyes couldn’t resist reading this rhyming picture book.  At dusk, a dad returns home from the beach with his four children who vary in ages. Mom beckons them with a wave as they approach the porch. Many spotlights are on one sibling’s recollections although all family members and their pet dog are depicted as they engage in their nightly routines that end in bedtime.  Words are carefully chosen and are enjoyable to read. Illustrations show loving and active folks with different skin tones, hair color and textures which are often seen amongst relatives.

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop by author Jennifer Lloyd and illustrator Jacqui Lee

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Simply Read Books

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

More mayhem in Mango Market. This time, Mandrill is missing a mop and enlists the services of bungling detective Murilla to crack the case. Youngsters tracing hints will be surprised to find out who is guilty in this innocent mystery. The neon colored illustrations are attractive and add hilarity to this easy reading chapter book.

The Doll Hospital

the doll hospital 2

The Doll Hospital by author Kallie George and illustrator Sara Gillingham

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

What does a doll doctor do when she is overwhelmed with too many toy patients? In this picture book, she gets assistance from her crew of course! This is a satisfying story which can lead to conversations about doctor’s visits, teamwork, occupations and imaginary play. The illustrations are large, textured and contrasting.  When listening and viewing this book in a group, children will not feel like they missed seeing something when the storyteller turns the page.

Mabel and Sam at Home

Mabel and Sam at Home 4

Mabel and Sam at Home by author Linda Urban and illustrator Hadley Hooper

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Chronicle Books  

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Through dialogue, the author brings readers into the relationship between an older and a younger sibling on moving day in this picture book. Mabel and Sam spend their time pretend playing from morning until night in three different escapades. My Book Eyes enjoys the witty dialogue, creativity and revealing illustrations.