Happy Go Ducky
Written and Illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
Age Level: 4 - 8
Grade Level: K – 3
If you love Amelia Bedelia, you’ll love Max the Duck too! HAPPY GO DUCKY is an easy read that’s just plain fun! When Irene leaves, Max gets spring fever and cleans like crazy. Literally! Amelia Bedelia would have been proud! Young readers will love Ducky’s mixed-up, upside-down brand of fun!
Papa Put a Man on the Moon
Written by Kristy Dempsey
Illustrated by Sarah Green
Age Level : 4 - 8
Grade Level: P – 3
Can you imagine being part of history? History is made up of extraordinary people, extraordinary events. For most of us life is ordinary. It was for Kristy, until her Papa’s mill was given a government job – to weave one layer of cloth that went into the spacesuits that traveled to the moon in 1969. Kristy turned that experience into this picture book, in time for the 50th anniversary of that moon landing.
Marthanne and her Papa are on the cover. She’s proud to have her town and her Papa become part of the space race, but Papa is only proud to make a living for his family. Papa and the mill workers helped America win the space race. They watch as CBS newsman, Walter Kronkite reports the story of how Neil Armstrong took that first step onto the lunar surface, and Marthanne remembers that her Papa’s cloth is there on the moon with Neil. What an incredible experience! What an incredible story!
Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can't Go To School!
Written by Christina Geist
Illustrated by Tim Bowers
Age Level: 3 - 7
Grade Level: P – 2
This book is as cute as its cover. The unthinkable happens when the grownups decide to go to school. Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, they all show up one morning dressed in their brand-new back-to-school gear. The kids will have to find a way to say no, without getting in trouble.
As a new grandma, the best part about this story is the reminder to remember my inner child. Sometimes you have to let it loose and have fun, whether you’re 8 or 80!
Juana & Lucas
Written and Illustrated by Juana Medina
Age Level: 5 - 8
Grade Level: K – 3
Would you like to travel to Columbia? Learn a little Spanish? This is the perfect chapter book for you! Meet Juana from Bogata, Columbia. She’ll show you the best things about growing up in Bogata from a kid’s point of view.
But life isn’t perfect. Juana is failing English at school, and if she doesn’t pull up her grades, Mom is canceling the trip to Spaceland. Juana speaks Spanish, and English makes absolutely no sense. The only one who understands – the dog, Lucas, and he’s no help. Will Juana make it to Spaceland? Read and find out!
PS – if you liked this book, there’s a sequel – Juana & Lucas: No Problemas.
Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.