"Bertie the Bouncy Beachball (The Toy Library Stories)," by award-winning author Mandy Woolf, and illustrated by Elmira Georgieva, opens the imagination while offering the timeless message of finding self-acceptance and nurturing self-worth.
Calvin James has a gift for weaving a story that touches on many moods and emotions at once. His writing is lyrical and special, the way good holiday books are. He takes a theme and makes it his own, but one you can still relate to. It's sweet, and has something for all ages, from grandmothers to grandchildren, and anyone who has fond memories of Christmases past.
"I Can Do What Mommy Can Do" by Kitty Arceneaux, illustrated by W. Smiley Isaac and SachiDesigns, could be called the bookend to "I Can Do What Daddy Can Do" also by the same author and illustrator team. In this particular offering, we have four-year-old Tess, who looks up to her mother and wants to do the same things she does. The mom recognizes these times as teachable moments and also values the bonding time with her little girl.
"I Can Do What Daddy Can Do" by Kitty Arceneaux, illustrated by Sachi Designs, is a cute and entertaining book that will be highly relatable to any child who has wanted to help out a parent, or be just like them. Although the theme is role models and children learning from parents, this story is entertaining and would be a joy to read with a child who is exploring the world and wanting to copy adults.
"The Bear That Wasn't There" written and illustrated by Cheryl Charanian, is an adorable teddy-bear themed children's book that any teddy bear fan will enjoy. Charanian knows how to get into the heart of a child, and this story will touch adults, too.
"Tale of the Last Whale" by Julia Irwin, is a children's book loaded with word fun for both children and adult readers. The book is about homophones, words that sound the same, but may be spelled differently or have different meanings, like "two" and "too".
Included in the Science Wide Open series, this particular offering packs so much information and beauty into such a compact children's book. The book is a near-encyclopedic reference book for children on women botanists and how they changed the world with the botanical work they carried out.
"This is the Sun" by Elizabeth Everett, illustrated by Evellyn Andrya, is a delightful and educational children's book that puts the sun and the cycle of life in the spotlight. This author takes her experience as a teacher and parent, and weaves it into a story about science, nature, and how living things depend on one another and the sun to survive.
"Giant Turtle's Long Nap" by Dana Green, illustrated by Levendivin, is a beautiful retelling of "The Tortoise King" and conveys a generosity of spirit and care for the world and those that live in it, both human and animal.
Woznicki certainly has her finger on the pulse of sweet, sentimental stories that carry a positive message about making a difference in the lives of others. Marty takes a chance, and changes things, maybe forever, for Lenny. Instead of reacting to Lenny the way everyone else does, Marty takes it upon himself to take a different tact, and it creates a friendship that may never have existed if this little monkey hadn't taken a chance.
"Just Janey's Way" is the story about a girl named Janey who, simply said, wants everyone to do things her way. Janey is at school and wherever she's at - recess, the classroom, in the garden - she demands her classmates do things her way, including her friends.
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