The Queen’s Hat
Written and illustrated by Steve Antony
Ages: 3 - 5
Grade level: P – K
I’ve been wanting to write about my grandmother for a while. This week I’m celebrating Rinda Hoskins Wilson, and a famous great grandmother, the Queen of England. The trouble begins when the Queen’s hat blows away. The Queen is famous for her hats so she, and the palace guard, chase it across London to places like the London Eye. The hat finally lands in the sweetest place ever, Princess Charlotte’s baby carriage. The end pages tell you about your trip across London. Princess Charlotte turned two this year, and Steve has two new books, The Queen’s Present (2016) and The Queen’s Handbag (May 2017). If you can’t visit London in person, read this book!
Dad and the Dinosaur
Written by Gennifer Choldenko
Illustrated by Dan Santat
Ages: 5 - 8
Grade level: K – 3
This book just became a favorite, and it’s the perfect choice for Father’s Day! Big Nick isn’t afraid of anything, but little Nick is. Thanks to a toy dinosaur, he can climb rock walls and score soccer goals. Life is good till the dinosaur disappears on the soccer field. Fear devours Nick. He can’t eat or sleep. Then Dad gets home, knows something’s wrong, and gets Nick to talk. It may be dark, but the Nicks return to the soccer field. The back cover sums up this book, and great fathers— “DADS GET IT. THEY JUST GET IT.” This Father’s Day, thanks to all the dads who get it. And fix it.
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.