The Thank You Letter

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The Thank You Letter by author/illustrator Jane Cabrera

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Holiday House

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

A child named Grace has a costume birthday party. Afterwards, as people often do, Grace writes thank yous to those who thoughtfully gave her gifts. She realizes that she has many reasons to be thankful to people and things in her life and wants to show her gratitude. Illustrated costumes in this picture book are adorable.  Often people have  warm feelings when writing and receiving thank you letters. They are a nice way of cheering up someone’s day. Getting children to write thank you letters not only shows gratitude but is also a great way to practice penmanship.

Happy Halloween Pirates!

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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.

Zip! Zoom! On a Broom

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Zip! Zoom! On a Broom by author Teri Sloat and illustrator Rosalinde Bonnet

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: LB Kids

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

This  rhyming board book begins with one witch flying on her broom when she encounters witches two and three. Their numbers increase to ten while they continue to  do witchy deeds like haunt and chant for just two examples. Eventually all ten decide to ride one room which is catastrophic. One by one they leave the broom in different ways until only one witch is left. A Halloween way to reinforce counting skills for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Illustrations are appropriate and give children more to count than witches on some pages i.e. skeletons and spiders.

 

 

 

Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories

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Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories by author Max Brallier and illustrator Letizia Ruegni

Age Range: 5 – 7 years

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Five eerie stories are in this early chapter book. These short tales are bone chilling enough to appeal to older reluctant or struggling readers in addition to the age range mentioned above. Illustrations frequently support the ghastliness. Good stories for those looking for a startle anytime.

There is a Bird on Your Head!

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There is a Bird on Your Head! by author / illustrator Mo Willems

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Publication Date: July 31, 2007

In this easy reader, a mommy bird, daddy bird and eventually three baby chicks use Gerald’s head as their home. While he is irate about this matter, it isn’t until his friend Piggie offers him a suggestion that Gerald asserts himself and gets his problem solved. Illustrations and text are hilarious and show a variety of moods for both characters.

Mo Willems plans to be at Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 21, 2019. Click on EVENTS above for information about Brooklyn Book Festival.

Pick a Pumpkin

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Pick a Pumpkin by author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Candlewick

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.

Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party

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Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by author James Dean and illustrator Kimberly Dean

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Pete is throwing a pizza party however many of his friends prefer different toppings than Pete’s pepperoni. With everyone’s input, they put together a combination pizza that is pleasing to all. My Book Eyes liked seeing other activities that characters do during the party i.e. bouncy house. The art is vibrant and follows the Pete the Cat style.

Thank You, Omu!

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Thank You, Omu! by author/ illustrator Oge Mora

Age Range: 4 – 7 years

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

A woman named Omu cooks up a fragrant stew. The aroma alerts the olfactory senses of many townspeople. Each person follows the scent to Omu’s house. She graciously gives visitors portions of her stew which eventually leaves her without any for herself. The townspeople show Omu similar kindness. The collage illustrations show varieties in occupations and ethnicities. My Book Eyes marveled at discussions that this book could generate including collaboration, helping others, occupations to name a few.

Oge Mora plans to be at Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Click on EVENTS above for information about Brooklyn Book Festival.

Thank You, Omu! was selected by Jumpstart Read for the Record 2019 to be read nationally on November 7, 2019. https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/