Hoot & Honk Just Can’t Sleep by Leslie Helakoski
If you’re looking to refresh the bedtime book pile, this precious story about a gosling and an owlet is perfect for wee little ones and grade school children – making this the ideal story to read aloud as a family. The whimsical illustrations and poetic verse are calming for younger readers and older children will be able to draw comparisons between the sleep patterns of the owlet and the gosling. Leslie Helakoski is an accomplished writer and her website offers activities from art and crafts to music and math.
Caring For Your Lion by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Troy Cummings
I have said no to a pet for many years, reason being that no one will help with the responsibility of a dog. Caring For Your Lion by one of our favourite authors, Tammi Sauer, is a fun take on caring for a lion, detailing all of the intricacies of pet care with humour and innuendo. Troy Cummings’s illustrations garnered lots of laughs, and when the story was finished, I was asked to start it over again. Be sure to visit Tammi’s website for fun stuff.
The Case Of The Stinky Stench by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney
From the author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, is another rollicking fun read that scored just as high praise from the adults as from the kids. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this excited to read a book from a children’s author. In my opinion, Josh Funk will be hailed as one of this generation’s greatest children’s book authors. Visit his website for activities and fun.
Lizzie and Lou Seal by Patricia Keeler
If you’re heading to the beach this summer, this is the perfect book to pack along. Patricia Keeler’s story about a young girl and her favourite blow-up beach toy, Lou Seal, is surely relatable. From lost flip-flops to deflating friends, Lizzie must come up with creative solutions to solve her ocean-side problems. The perfect companion to the surf and sand when your young reader is looking for a break from the sun.
Rock Away Granny by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Mike DeSantis
Calling all rock-a-billies, sock-hoppers and Elvis-wannabes, this is the storybook for you. After reading all about this dance party night at Granny’s you’ll be downloading a playlist fit for a Sadie Hawkins complete with the Bunny Hop, Monster Mash, Twist and all the other classic rock and roll dances that swept across America in during the juke box age.
Open In Case Of Emergency by Richard Fairgray and Jim Kraft
There are storybooks that you just know will be a hit with your kids, and as soon as the kids saw the cover illustration of this one, they unanimously agreed “this one is going to be a good one!” This is a case of where cover did not fool! A humorous tale yes, but also one with a moral and so that makes this story tops in both the kids books and mine.
Ella Who? by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Sara Sanchez
A delightful read about a little girl who finds a missing elephant and whose family mistakes the elephant for a non-existent neighbor. Sara Sanchez’s illustrations are whimsical and fun while encompassing the entire page. Naturally, many giggles erupted as we read all about the miscommunications and mix-ups that ensued.
Dance Is for Everyone by Andrea Zuill
I enjoyed this book so much! An alligator arrives at dance class and wants to participate but the dance class is not set up for alligators. There are the logistical problems: her tail swats everyone while they dance, the space isn’t set up to accommodate her size, and the sequencing isn’t just so for her body. Then there are the preconceived notions: People are frightened, they do not know what to expect. But together they make physical adjustments to the space so she can join in too and soon they realize their fears are unfounded and before they know it, they are all dancing together as one. It’s a simple story but the moral is mighty . . .perhaps this is a story that many adults should read.