Our Superstars of April 2023
We loved these books and will repeat reading them every often. This time many of our story picks are must-read.
Best Book - Overall
# 1 What Happened to You?
When some children differ from others, they are frequently questioned. The distinction can be because of a disability or physical characteristic, where they live, or what they eat. In this story, Little Joe is in a similar situation. However, his reaction to the question makes it less painful for him. It even causes the other children to move on. Warm and stunning illustrations enhance this moving story. Remember to check out the pirate and sharks! Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
What Happened to You? is distinguished by James Catchpole’s delicate storytelling and Karen George’s stunning illustrations. This book should be read in every classroom to teach children the value of personal space and accepting people for who they are.
# 2 Someone Builds the Dream
We all have dreams, but they are only meaningful if we have people to help us realize them. So, while some dreams require less help, others require a great deal. The book discusses many professions and how everyone works together to create something. Every job is equal, and it takes many people to make a dream come true. The story is all-encompassing, and the illustrations complement it well. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler is a must-read for young children for its thought-provoking, rhyming story about teamwork illustrated tenderly by Loren Long.
# 3 Be You!
The book compels young children to accept who they are and treat others with kindness. In addition, kids will like the illustrations because they are entertaining and vivid. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds makes for a beautiful read-aloud in the classroom because of its central message of embracing oneself and the surrounding people.
Best Book - Illustration
# 1 Room for Everyone
The book depicts the little boy's bus ride to the beach lightheartedly, narrating the scenes in the African countryside while subtly implying that if we have the heart, we can accommodate everyone. The illustrations are fantastic, perfectly capturing the tone and entertaining elements. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
In Naaz Khan's hilarious story, Room for Everyone, Mercè López brilliantly captures the ambiance of a community and the mood of a sunny day.
# 2 Truman
In this action-packed adventure, Truman portrays bravery and perseverance to meet his bestie. Children will enjoy reading about Truman’s efforts and the unique twist at the end. The illustrations are fun and cheerful, making it a wholesome reading experience. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
Truman by Jean Reidy is an exhilarating adventure encompassing friendship and bravery portrayed through delightful illustrations.
# 3 Soul Food Sunday
Foods and their fragrances are typically associated with happy memories for us. And the time we spend with our grandparents only serves to confirm this. The vividly colored book beautifully captures a young boy's memories of his grandmother through his time spent in the kitchen with her. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham & C.G. Esperanza transports you to the past through the beautiful bonding of a little boy, and his grandmother told through their times in the kitchen.