Meet your new favorite second grader! Whether she’s visiting the farmer’s market with her mama or creating a fashion show with her nani, Yasmin is an adventurer
and a problem solver. Hatem Aly’s lively illustrations perfectly capture Yasmin’s exuberant personality at school and at home with her family. Be sure to add this
charmer to your beginning reader’s bookshelf!
“Choose a star to lead you into tomorrow,” Mother Bear whispers. But first Little Bear asks please, please, please for her to tell the three stories—their bedtime
ritual. In the gloaming, an exquisite pink hue is cast over a nacreous fairy tale forest. The Night Guardian with her gong in hand, Zhora, the little girl with a sword,
and Bo, the man in the big coat, are stars of their own cozy tales rendered with a dreamy moiré effect. Snuggle in with a bedtime book for the ages.
After a dreadfully long five-year hiatus, Ivy and Bean are back! When Ivy is convinced that she must be spoiled (as are all only children, according to a classmate), she takes steps to become unspoiled. Giving away all of her
clothes and her best headband just gets her in trouble, and she’s not ready to part with her toys, so there’s only one solution: a baby sister! Hilarious attempts to procure one make for an entertaining story for both new readers and the adults in their lives.
Rosie and George live a charmed life, measured out in poached eggs (George) and kibble in a big silver bowl (Rosie). When George goes out on a limb and proposes
“something new,” it means the dog park. Rosie is in turns slightly afraid, slightly growly, incredibly plucky, then a bit encouraged towards friendly cooperation as
she learns how to make friends and have a great time in the dog park. Spare language and exquisite cartoon panels propel the nine chapters, perfect for an emerging reader. BTW, George might make a friend or two as well. You be the judge.
Until now, Zoey had no idea she could see magical creatures or that her scientist mother could see them too; not only this, the barn in their backyard is where these creatures come to when they need a helping hand. Zoey and Sassafras are witty, critical thinkers who encourage curiosity, compassion and problem-solving, spreading wonder for the natural and scientific worlds right from their own backyard.
Dav Pilkey is at it again in Dog Man, a comic written by his fictional characters George and Harold. Dog Man is a police officer with the head of a dog who fights crime and gets dog hair all over the chief’s couch. The mom in me cringes at the potty humor that was characteristic of the Captain Underpants series, but my kids have read this book fifteen times and vouch that it is hysterical and awesome. Pilkey is a master at creating books that get kids excited about reading.
“Right book for the right person for the right day”. So goes the motto of Book Uncle, a retired teacher in India who daily offers free books from his stand to the community. Young Yasmin can’t get enough and aspires to read a book a day, so when a governmental notice forces Book Uncle to leave his corner Yasmin decides to do something. Yasmin’s introduction to community activism, local elections and organizing is relevant and endearing, and will leave our youngest book lovers with a sense of how they, too, can make a difference.
A little white dog (Lucy) roams the streets, always in search of food and shelter, revisiting her former life only in dreams. A little girl (Eleanor) notices the dog and dreams of befriending her. The girl’s father (Sam) juggles brilliantly at home, but cannot get past his stage fright to complete a public performance. Told in four ‘acts’, the story unfolds gracefully and ends with all parties getting their fondest wish in a perfect storm of magic and memory.
Brothers Louie and Ralph Ratso hear from their dad Big Lou that there are two types of people in the world, the toughies and the softies. They want to be toughies like their dad, so they spend their time trying to impress him-taking someone’s hat, making a gross sandwich for the new girl at school, and soaping up the window of the mean lady next door. But all of their tough moves end up unexpectedly helping the people involved, and the brothers find that being kind and helpful isn’t just for the softies.
Being a superstar isn’t as easy as it seems! Wanda loves to take selfies and stay up on the latest celebrity gossip, but when her favorite canine companion, Wilbur, suddenly becomes the next big thing, Wanda doesn’t know what to do! That’s when Wanda sets off on a zany adventure to win Wilbur back, wonderfully rendered by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing. Although the story often verges on silliness, Davis and Weing never lose the emotional core of the story about a girl and her best friend. A great comic to inspire beginning readers in any family!
This new series follows four friends on imaginative outings in their neighborhood. Whether preparing robotic dinosaurs for a block party or finding their parents’ old tent in the garage, the Bradford Street Buddies try to find the best in the situation. The tension and anticipation builds in each story through age appropriate conflict with whimsical details that mirror a child’s sense of wonder. A highly enjoyable series for beginning readers!
This is a story of an unlikely friendship that develops between a tiny dog who guards the courtyard of her apartment building and a large cat-abouttown with no fixed abode. They both live in Paris, but have completely different experiences. Diva never ventures out of her courtyard and is perpetually plagued by the danger of FEET. She is an expert at yelping and running into her apartment for safety. Flea is the neighborhood ‘flaneur’ whose occupation is to wander Paris and see what there is to see while deftly avoiding BROOMS. How their friendship evolves is a charming tale of bravery and trust. Just ‘take a little step and see how it feels’.
Do you like soccer? Kitties? Hanging out with your best friend and writing in your diary? If so, you’ll love Lola Levine! Sometimes the girls in her second grade class tease her about her name, or the fact that her best friend is a boy, but Lola doesn’t let that bother her. She just paints like her artist dad, writes like her journalist mom, and plays soccer like the strong and competitive girl she is. One day during a soccer game at recess she’s a little too competitive and hurts her classmate Juan, causing most of the class to start calling her Mean Lola Levine. How can Lola make everyone see that it was just an accident and get back to recess as usual? This first book in a forthcoming series introduces a character with a ton of personality and heart; my third-grader loved it!
Each Elephant and Piggie book features the exasperated Gerald and the happy-go-lucky Piggie engaged in some minor conflict or scheme. If you’re new to the series, start with There is a Bird on Your Head! It features the rhythms and hilariously unexpected plot twists that make this series a hit with beginning readers.
Leroy Ninker dreams of being a real cowboy. He’s got the lasso, the boots and the yippie-i-oh attitude, but he’s all hat with no horse. Fortunately, he is given a lead on a horse for sale and sets out to make his dream a reality. Here’s the reality of Maybelline: she’s a horse who loves compliments (the more flowery and poetical, the better); she’s a horse who eats a lot of grub (they all do, trust me); and she’s a horse who can’t stand to be left all alone (this is where the trouble starts). A cowboy’s loyalty, a horse’s trust and the power of beautiful words. Yippie-i-oh!
Isabel is the best bunjitsu artist in her school. But as she is challenged to enter a locked classroom (go through an open window!), or defeat an angry wave (float with it!), Isabel’s smart thinking proves to be even more essential than her strong kicking. With its brief, humor-filled chapters and action-packed illustrations, this book is sure to delight aspiring readers and bunjitsu masters alike!