“Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” by Sherrill S. Cannon is the story of a boy bunny who only whined and complained all day, every day. Peter’s mom tries to talk to him to make him be nicer, but when he keeps complaining and whining, he got sent to his room.
Carmen Ellis and Sarah Cullen are the authors of this delightful book, Nellie the narwhal. Not only are Carmen and Sarah sisters but they also have a company that takes people swimming with whales in beautiful places all over the world called Majestic Whale Encounters. Nellie the Narwhal was created to spread joy and hope to all the ocean loving kids and parents around the world.
“Fee, Fi, Fo, Grow!: The Real Magic of the Beans” by Lois Wickstrom is the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but with some different characters. This story doesn’t have Jack, but Jacqueline and her mother. Jacqueline and her mother are poor and are needing some money to buy seeds to plant in their garden to grow into food for them to eat.
Tina Shepardson is an award-winning teacher and debut picture book author of WALKOUT (2019) and CANINES UNLEASHED (2021), a chapter book, both with Clear Fork Publishing. She is a Debut Picture Book Study Group moderator, a CBA graduate and course assistant, and an active member of SCBWI and 12×12. Find her in Upstate New York with her family enjoying the latest snowstorm with her akitas.
“Walter the Wanderer” by Pavle Sabic is the fun story about an otter named Walter who goes exploring around the world. Walter lived with his family, but then a storm ruined their house. The family went exploring for a new place to live, and they stopped in Scotland. Walter had to get used to Scotland because they dress, talk, and play sports differently than he was used to. Walter got used to it and started liking it there.
I was pleasantly surprised how the author turned an affliction into a super hero power. “Episode,” by Tracey Morait gives the reader a glimpse at what it means to have epilepsy, but instead of writing the story about how hard this can be for someone’s day-to-day life, the author creates this world where it is a gift and not a curse.