I read a lot of children’s books to recommend to my librarian friends as well as books to read with my grandchildren. I am not going to post separate reviews for all of them, I am going to put the last 10 in this post.

Little Brothers & Little Sisters by Monica ArnaldoLittle Brothers & Little Sisters
4 Stars

I loved this story. I could relate to it on several levels. I was the youngest in the family until my little brother came along when I was seven. I also had two children of my own. Siblings always seem to have that have/have not kind of relationship when they are younger. I had it with mine and I saw it with my own children. Of course as adults, we can look back and laugh, but when you are living it, not as much. This book demonstrates the best and the worst of having a sibling when you are young. There are cute pictures, simple, easy text. A great book to use when siblings are having problems or when expecting a new child in the home as a introduction to what may be coming your way. A good one for a family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

A Fire Truck for Chuck by Annika DunkleeA Fire Truck For Chuck
4 Stars 

There is not much to add after reading the description of this book. It says, “Told not in verse but with plenty of fun rhyme and repetition, this story’s bright, cartoon-like art conveys Chuck’s full range of emotions. With humor and warmth, it’s a lovable read-aloud that captures a child’s joy for their favorite toy.”

Lots of words that rhyme with “truck” abound in this story. Chuck could be any little boy who loves to play, whether in the living room or in the muck outside. He reminded me of my son who was always dirty. A fun story that I can see young children enjoying. A great addition to a pre-school or Kindergarten classroom. You could use it with older students to get them to write about the theme of my favorite toy or possession as well. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Crackerjack Jack by Bowman WilkerCrackerjack Jack
4 Stars

This is a cute and entertaining read for children. Yes, the duck gets away with the money and lives a life of luxury, but that is not the purpose of the book. It is a silly story with a lot of wordplay that can be used for entertainment or as a mentor text for older students learning about various speech elements. The illustrations compliment the text and are large and colorful. They alone can tell the story. A cute book for a school or class library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Harvey's Hideout Harvey’s Hideout
2 Stars

I have two children who did not get along very well when they were younger. Just like Harvey and Mildred, they had their own friends and did not want the other hanging around. You can tell this is a reissue from an earlier published book (1980) based on the writing of lines as a punishment. I didn’t like some of the mean things they said to one another, but at the end they realize that they have each other and need to make concessions for behaviours. I did really like the illustrations, they were bright watercolour type of drawing with a lot of detail. I am not sure if I would read this book to my grandchildren or not. I have mixed feelings about it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Grains of Sand by Sibylle DelacroixGrains of Sand
4 Stars

A short, cute story about imagination. Two children return from the beach and are very sad. When they find sand in shoes, they decide they will plant it and see what grows. Of course it is all beach and vacation related items. The illustrations are black and white except for blue and yellow. This actually accentuates the beach items which could be used as a discussion tool with children. It could also be a fun bedtime story based upon the ending. A good addition to a family library. The publisher generously provided me a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Olga the Cloud and the Snowman by Nicoletta CostaOlga the Cloud and the Snowman
3 Stars

This is a very short (9 pgs.) book for toddlers. It has short sentences and large bright pictures. As the blurb says, “Each short story features the charming cloud in simple situations, perfect for teaching babies and toddlers.” I thought the pictures were cute and would attract the attention of little ones. My granddaughter liked the pictures and let me read the story which she often does not do. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Astronaut Annie by Suzanne SladeAstronaut Annie
4 Stars

I really liked this story. Annie has to do a presentation for Career Day. Each of her parents and grandparents ask her what her presentation is going to be about. She gives them a clue and they give her an item based upon what they think her choice will be. I like that the reader gets to guess along with the family (I know the title gives it away) but it is also fun to see how she uses each item they give her in her presentation. Of course this book is all about dreaming and reaching for those dreams. In a world where we are trying to encourage girls in math and science this is a great book. The back gives some basic details about four women that have been in space that were first in an area. There are also sources given to find out more about them. The illustrations are nice, colourful but not too much detail to distract from the topic being shown. I think this is a great book for family, school and class libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Not ’Til Tomorrow, PhoebeNot ’Til Tomorrow, Phoebe
4 Stars

Phoebe is a young girl who hates waiting, especially for tomorrow. Every good thing she wants to do, she is told it will happen tomorrow. The author showed Phoebe’s emotions and frustration. She was not told these feelings were wrong or chastised for them, that often happens. She was given a solution that was realistic and from someone she loved and trusted. Many children have this same problem and this book is a great one to use when dealing with this type of frustration. As an addition to the problem solving, this book showed a diverse classroom without making that anything other than a normal part of the book. The illustrations were cute, showing the emotions correctly. A great addition to a family, class or school library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Time To Get Ready, Bunny!Time To Get Ready, Bunny!
4 Stars

“Time to Get Ready, Bunny!” is a cute book about how hard it is for Bunny to get ready in the morning. It is also bilingual (Spanish) which would be great for ELL children who are Spanish speakers or for those trying to learn Spanish. I would love to see it in French as my grandchildren will be in a French Immersion School for their education. The illustrations are simple and cute. My grandson is in JK and is a terrible dawdler. I read this book with him and we laughed at every page. We talked about what the problem was (i.e. shirt too small, too cold for shorts etc.) I am not sure if he will be able to take anything from the story to change, but he did like it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Hooray for Grandma by Beatrice MasiniHooray For Grandma!
2 Stars

Being a grandma, I was excited to read this book to my grandson. He listened to the first page and asked me to read something else. There were a lot of words, but they were not very inviting. Yes, it showed that the girl appreciated her grandma, but there was also a lot of what she didn’t like. Not one I would recommend.

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