Tuesday, December 7, 2021



Books are always a happy surprise!

Here are some entertaining children’s books by some of my favorite authors

(and a few by yours truly) for you to consider.

There are board books, picture books, and a marvelous anthology of Yiddish stories to explore.

Click on the titles to go to Amazon to learn more about your selections.




Adorable monsters teach the names of body parts in this silly dance that is fun and very readable throughout. (Ages 1-5)  


THE GOING TO BED BOOK   by Boynton is a delightful way to end a busy day. Join her adorable animal friends as they parade through their bedtime routine. (Ages 2-5)

DINOSNORES  also by Boynton

is just pure fun as a colorful collection of dinosaurs prepare for sleep and then… Oh no! The dino-sized snoring begins! Boynton at her entertaining best! (Ages 0-4)

A PET JUST FOR MEPaula D. Golden 

This playful journey anticipates the excitement of a first pet. Will it be a furry companion, a chirping bird or crawling critter?  Share the fun of guessing what pet is coming home. Available in English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Armenian (Ages 2-7)


This rhyming story is an excellent read-aloud experience. Wonderfully executed, smart, imaginative, and with a delightful twist at the end! A story parents will enjoy reading again and again. (Ages 1-4)


LOVE IS EVERYTHING Charles Ghigna       

From a starry sky, to a mountain forest, Ghigna invites readers to believe in the beauty of nature. His joyful refrain “I believe,” applies not just to the observable world.  He suggests it is felt inside each of us in wanting to do what’s right. The characters' buoyant enthusiasm for life encourages us to remember – Love surrounds us, if only we have the eyes to see and the heart to believe in each other and ourselves. 

(Ages 5-8)

A POEM IS A FIREFLY Charles Ghigna

What a charming way to introduce young readers to the world of poetry.  “A poem is a whisper. Whooooooo.  A poem is a shout. Hoooowllllllll. A Poem is a thought.” and so much more! Follow along as a bear, owl, wolf and other woodland animals explore the question of what is poetry only to discover it can be different things to different creatures… But always a marvelous source of enchantment. (Ages 5-8)


The Gingerbread Cowboy can run from the rancher's wife, he can dash past the javalinas and he can giddy-up right by the cattle grazing on the mesa.  But what happens when he meets a coyote sleeping in the sun? A lively Western version of the classic read-aloud tale. (Ages 4-8)


The adventure of a young groundhog who is frightened of his shadow until a fun-filled journey through the woods and farms surrounding his burrow allows him to discover his courage on Groundhog Day. An author's note provides factual information about Groundhogs. 

(Ages 4-8)

GRACIE JANE Janet Squires

Gracie Jane has a heart as big as the Western sky, and she's always ready to lend a helping hand. So, she doesn't think twice about rescuing Fifi La Rue and taking the lost pup home. After all, how much trouble could one little dog be on a great big ranch? It's nonstop fun and excitement when one good deed turns this cowgirl's life upside down! (Ages 4-8)

TEN CUDDLY PANDAS  – Paula D. Golden

This is a delightful countdown quest built around subtraction. Ten pandas go on a playful journey through the mountains of China where curiosity lures each into an adventure until only one remains. Written in rhyme, this story introduces young readers to simple subtraction word problems with matching numerical equations. (Ages 3-5)

THERE’S ONLY ONE YOU – Kathryn Heling

The charming rhyming text speaks directly to the reader as it explores the many ways in which YOU are unique and assures the audience that being you is wonderful! The text acknowledges the obvious, but gives equal consideration to other more subtle qualities: interests, abilities, manner of speaking, even the various ways in which learning takes place.  A joyful and uplifting story. (Ages 3-7)


HONEY ON THE PAGE: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature Miriam Udel

 Udel  offer readers the pleasure of storytelling paired with a glimpse into Jewish history and culture. The stories and poems are charming and engaging. The tone is delightfully conversational. The text is complimented by imaginative illustrations. Young readers will enjoy read-aloud stories. Independent readers will find an immediate connection to some stories and grow into appreciation for others.  Adults looking to widen their cultural experience or seeking to deepen their understanding of the rich tradition of Yiddish literature will find a well-researched resource here.


K said...

These are excellent choices. My daughter loves "The Gingerbread Cowboy" and "Gracie Jane." Thank you for these great suggestions...can't wait to get some more books!

Unknown said...

Looking for a page turner with a great storyline, Desperate Straits is it! I read this novel in a couple of days as it an fun filled read packed with twists and turns. Don't miss this one.

Janet S. said...

DESPERATE STRAITS is a Western Novel for adult readers. You can learn more about it on my website: Janet Squires Books http://www.janetsquiresbooks.com/adult-fiction.html

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