Lucy’s Lab by Michelle Houts, illustrations by Elizabeth Zechel
I am currently loving these STEM-based chapter books. The series is about Lucy, an inquisitive second grader who discovers that science is everywhere you look. While the books are peppered with age appropriate science language, they are anything but dry and boring. Houts writes an engaging story full of entertaining characters and hi-jinx. Lucy’s Lab are worth adding to any to-be-read pile or holiday wish-list for that matter (oh, groan! see what I did there!?!)⠀
I Love a Book by Joe Rhatigan, illustrations by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov
I love this picture book! Possibly because it’s I love to read so much and Joe Rhatigan perfectly captured everything I love about reading in a storybook for kids. This is a must add to any preschoolers library, as it’s sure to spark a love for reading because of all the wonders and curiosities it reveals.
Box Loader: The Adventures of Cargo & R-Cycle by Carlton Franklin, illustrations by Debbie Hefke
I must confess: I have a son who is obsessed with all things garbage trucks. In fact, we have a fleet that would rival any big city’s lineup. His dream when he grows-up is to be a garbage collector, and pick-up the trash alongside his dog. His dream route would include my house so he can see me every single week. So, this story that is part adventure, part magic, and all valuable life lessons tied into one, is a winner in this house!
Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone, illustrations by George Ermos
A unique twist on a medieval tale about a young knight who befriends a dragon and together they forge a friendship over none other than donuts! The dynamic duo uses their love for baking instead of fighting to save the kingdom and spread the message of friendship and diversity. Oh, what a sweet tale it is!
Goodnight Little Bot by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrations by Kim Smith
The classic bedtime story and the future collide in this sweet book by beloved children’s author Karen Kaufman Orloff. Robots are oiled and power packs recharged all in preparation for another day. Good night, Little Bot!
Holiday Books Not To Be Missed!
The Bear Who Didn’t Want To Miss Christmas by Marie Tibi and Fabien Ockto Lambert
This is the story about Bear, who didn’t want to miss another Christmas because he’d be hibernating. His woodland friends, sensing their friend’s disappointment, work together to come up with a creative solution – an early Almost Christmas for Bear! This is a sweet tale about friends coming together to support each other and how-to look for the positives in any situation. This is a story that can be told, and a lesson that can be learned well after the holidays.
We Wish for a Monster Christmas by Sue Fliess, illustrations by Claudia Ranucci
These kiddos found out the hard way that sometimes what you wish for isn’t always what you hope it will be. The monster that arrives on Christmas morning turns out to be much more work than anticipated and while fun at first, many of his antics grow stressful and tiresome. Perhaps this is a good book to read if a puppy is on someone’s wish list . . .
Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro, illustrated by Teagan White
This is a beautifully written and sweetly illustrated tale about a courageous mouse that embraces her individuality and brings everyone together! This book deserves a special place on your bookshelf to be enjoyed many times over, not just in the wintery months.