"My Little Angel" is the story of a girl who has a little angel, named Angela, who sits on her shoulder and helps her be safe and make good choices both when she's at home and outside. Angela helps the girl do good things, plays with her, and makes her sneeze! Angela teaches the girl to help others by being nice to them and she teaches about God in heaven where she came from. Angela is so tiny that no-one can see her except the girl who she lives with, but the girl loves her a lot.
"A Week with Waffles" by Tom Speicher, illustrated by Marina Saumell, is the charming children's story where a cute guinea pig named Waffles takes the stage, by guiding us through a week in his life, by use of his weekly planner. Each day is filled with activities, from the routine, like eating; to trips to the library and out to eat with friends. Young readers will get to know the habits and daily life of Waffles, with detailed descriptions and explanations.
“Captain Boy” by John Thomson is a delightful children’s book with colorful, engaging illustrations—all about a boy who loves submarines and buys one for a dollar.
"The Know-It-All Pencil" is a cute story that is different from others I've heard of or read myself. The story is entertaining, the right length, and contains age-appropriate words so Lydia could read the story to herself once and then I enjoyed getting to read it to her another time. This story has the ability to spark the imagination of young readers to think of other inanimate objects that could do magical things. The illustrations are colorful and show how to follow directions, share, trade, and get along with all different people. 
"A Child's First Bedtime Prayers" is a book with twenty-five different prayers that you can pray to Jesus before you go to sleep. When I go to bed, my family does The Lord's Prayer and Luther's Evening Prayer, but in this book, the different kinds are more like different things you can pray to Jesus about.
"Squishy Sand" is the story about a boy named Leigh and his two friends on a day when they are at the beach. Leigh is in a wheelchair and wants to figure out how he can be with his friends in the sand when his wheelchair keeps getting stuck in the sand. His friends think of different ideas, including using his wheelchair like a bobsled in the snow and having dogs pull it!
An endearing family hiking adventure with adorable picturs and a great message about culture and the environment.
"Benjamin Buys Time" by Terry Overton is the children's adaptation of the moral: love and joy can't be bought, they should be recognized and enjoyed when they happen.
Young readers, parents, teachers, or anyone working with children will fall in love with this character Lola. She is clearly atypical as a young fictional character. Lola is strong, smart, and knows her way around a dragon. The author has a gift for telling children’s stories—a fertile imagination is key, and this story has plenty of imagination, heart, and meaning. The illustrations are paired perfectly with the story, making it all come together in a way that will stir a child’s imagination and draw them into Lola’s world. I like the message of inclusion, and young readers like Lola may find themselves relating to her. Her siblings are also fun-loving and cute.
“Molly Morningstar: A Doll for Me” is not only a relevant and important diverse picture book but also a relatable and entertaining story. It allows children of color to see themselves in the main character, who addresses her situation head-on, takes charge, and comes to a resolution on her own. The author brings her real-life experience as a mother, a person of color, and an educator to this debut picture book.
"Good Night, Good Night, Victoria Beach," by the award-winning Rae St. Clair Bridgman, is a charming and thoughtful children's picture book that both teaches and entertains. The story centers on a half-white, half-brown jackrabbit who leads readers through the four seasons and the alphabet, discovering various wonders of nature and childhood on Victoria Beach.
Change often involves a momentous transition, and having to come to terms with the unpredictability of a new path leads to anxiety. As human beings, we value familiarity and routine. So it is for little Savannah, in S. McMichael's invigorating picture book, "Happenstance Farms: A New Home."
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