Puppy Truck by author / illustrator Brian Pinkney
Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
In this clever picture book, the resilience of a child is seen when he is denied a puppy. Making the best of his situation, Carter envisions a gift toy truck as his pet. Readers see the vehicle with slight puppy features and behaviors of both i.e. Leaping, resisting, running, barking, and beeping to name a few. Illustrator captures the exuberance of this age group in his pictures. An enjoyable story that will be read by many.
Peg + Cat: The Puddle by author Jennifer Oxley and illustrator Billy Aronson
Age Range: 3 years – 7 years
Publisher: Candlewick Entertainment
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
Peg and Cat love playing in puddles but Cat needs to know how deep puddles are to prevent his tail from getting wet. This is a fun story that addresses measurement. Page numbers are depicted as addition equations i.e. 2+1=3 is page 3. Illustrations are appropriate for the text. Stickers are included for added enjoyment.
From Grapes to Jelly by author Bridget Heos and illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman
Age Range: 8 years – 12 years
Publication Date: July 1, 2017
Jelly is so regularly consumed that My Book Eyes decided to read this nonfiction picture book. From viewing grapes dangling from vines to preparing to eat a jelly stuffed sandwich, readers examine actions and employees involved in creating this sweet spread. Detailed information coupled with revealing and inviting illustrations enhance the learning experience. My Book Eyes gained knowledge about a harvester. A glossary, websites and information to investigate further are included.
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.
Pig the Stinker by author/illustrator Aaron Blabey
Age Range: 3-5 years
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
The pug with personality named Pig loves filth but hates taking a bath. His unsightly ways are irritating to those around him. After Pig causes a major catastrophe, will a bath for Pig be prevented? The characters’ facial expressions and Pig’s actions made My Book Eyes roar with laughter. This rhyming picture book is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss. Illustrations are appropriate for the text.
Everybody’s Welcome by author Patricia Hegarty and illustrator Greg Abbott
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
In this rhyming picture book, forest animals loose their homes for a variety of reasons. They agree to work together to build a home where all are safe. A good book to read to children in a host of settings. My Book Eyes savored the way some of the pages were shorter than others allowing the artwork from the previous page to add to the next scene.
Bizz and Buzz Make Honey Buns by Dee Leone
D is for Dress-Up by Maria Carluccio
Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
This ABC’s of what we wear picture book tackles items that children are familiar with like glasses and mittens. It also introduces children to unfamiliar words such as ensemble and x-stitch. Illustrations are large, textured, vibrant and diverse. This book could generate discussions about a variety of topics.
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.