These are books that I read myself, not to my grandchildren this time. They are a mixed bag of ratings, with one that I loved and one that was a total miss. Once again, all of these books were provided to me by the publisher. The ratings, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
You’re in Good Paws by Maureen Fergus, Kathryn Durst
Published September 10th 2019 by Tundra Books
This is a book that I read a few months back and forgot about. I wish I had remembered this one when my granddaughter ended up in the hospital. Having said that, this was a really cute book about a young boy who is getting his tonsils out. He is sure he is at the wrong hospital as all the employees, including the doctor are animals. This story made me smile. It was accurate in the process of surgery, but was humorous and made me smile with the animal caregivers. The illustrations are well done with good detail and whimsy. This would be a great book to read with a child that is scheduled to have surgery, especially a tonsillectomy. This is one I will definitely keep for my family bookshelf.
Baby Medical School: My Doctor’s Visit by Cara Florance, Jon Florance
Published November 5th 2019 by Sourcebooks Explore
This is a great book to ease your child’s fears about visits to the doctor. It is a board book, but there is a lot of information in it and could definitely be read to children up to age 5. It gives an in depth view of what the visit will be like, what tools will be used, why certain things are checked and what the doctor will find out. The illustrations are wonderful and help make the material accessible for toddlers. I think the explanations of the different parts of the doctor check up can help relieve some of the fear behind doctor check-ups for anxious kids. A book that could be read to children prior to a doctor’s appointment as well as one Pediatricians could have in their waiting rooms for parents to share with their children while they are waiting.
Bully B.E.A.N.S. by Julia Cook, Tammie Lyon
Published September 26th 2019 by National Center for Youth Issues
Bully B.E.A.N.S. is a good book to start a discussion with your child or class about bullying. It offers advice on how to cope with bullying, specifically about how not to be a bystander when confronted with bullying behaviour. The tangible Bully Beans/Jelly Beans gives something to focus on and the acrostic for Beans – Bullies Everywhere Are Now Stopped, is helpful for younger children. It has experiences that children would really come across at school and speaks to them about finding ways to be strong and have courage. I also liked that empathy was dealt with. The “bully” had some issues and one of the other children took the time to find out what was wrong and tried to become her friend. The end pages have recommendations for students /children being bullied, those watching a friend being bullied and aren’t sure what they should do. There are also tips for kids to check themselves and make sure they aren’t being a bully in some way to others.
The Goblin Goes to School by Sara Daniell, Alli Kappen
Published December 12th 2019 by BHC Press
This book was not what I was expecting. I am glad I pre-read books before reading them to my grandchildren. The idea of this book seems to be that we have to control “the goblin inside ourselves”. First thing that bothered me was that the character was in Pre-Kindergarten, but the illustrations made him look like he was a pre-teen. Whenever Patrick did something inappropriate, he blamed the goblin, never taking responsibility. He had consequences, but they did not seem to have the desired outcome. I am sorry, but I definitely do not recommend this one at all.
What If Bunny’s NOT a Bully? by Lana Button, Christine Battuz
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Kids Can Press
This is a wonderful children’s book about bullying. It is not the normal type of story though. When Gertie the Elephant tells everyone to stay away from Bunny because she is a bully, Kitty starts to wonder. Is Bunny really a bully? How did she become a bully? Is she sorry about what she did? I liked that this book talks about what bullying is and what it isn’t. When someone does something that is bullying behaviour, does that mean they are a bully? What happens if they are sorry, but not given the chance to show it or redeem themselves? Does that make those who shun her also bullies? This is a great book to start discussions about these issues. The rhyming way the story is told produces an easy reading cadence. The illustrations are also well done and interesting. They can also start discussions as actions sometimes speak louder than words. The emotions shown on the faces add much to the story. I liked the ending of this one and certainly recommend this story to primary classrooms and families. The message that everyone makes mistakes, and that forgiveness and making things right is important. A book that needs to be in every school library.