Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
Written by Ellen Potter
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Age Level: 7 - 9
Grade Level: 2 – 4
Looking for a cute story that takes place in an unusual setting? This is it! Piper Green lives on an island, and she goes to school in a lobster boat, but this year is different. Her brother is going away to school, but Piper isn’t. She misses him so much that she wears his earmuffs into class. It sounds sweet, but not to her teacher who tries to make Piper take off those earmuffs. When Piper gets in trouble at school, can a tree, even a fairy one, help her? You’ll have to read to find out how.
PS – If you like this story, check out the two sequels – Too Much Good Luck and The Sea Pony.
Like Bug Juice on a Burger
Written by Julie Sternberg
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Age Level: 6 - 9
Grade Level: 1 – 4
This title sounds absolutely disgusting, but that’s why kids love it! So much so that it’s the second in a series of books about icky foods. Check out the other 2 – Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and Carrot Juice on a Cupcake.
Meet the main character of all 3 books, Eleanor. In this book she’s so excited . . . she gets to go to the same summer camp her mother went to as a kid. Her problem – it’s time to leave for camp. Have you had the same experience, excited to do something . . . till it’s time to do it? I have!
Eleanor is prepared for the worst, even bug juice on a burger! So she gives her parents a code. If she writes Esmerelda, it’s a message to pick her up. Unfortunately the camp counselor discovers what it really means. She comes up with a deal. Eleanor must post 2 feeling letters on the camp wall, anonymously. Will it work? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
The Baby Tree
Written & Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Age Level: 5 - 8
Grade Level: K – 3
This was a surprising book! It answers the question where do babies come from, in an unusual way. A few characters answer, but mom and dad finally give the real one. I was surprised by how graphic it was, how true, and by how well done the book was. The back matter includes answers to other interesting questions kids might really ask. If you have a child with an inquiring mind, this is the book for both of you.
Don’t Eat That!
Written and Illustrated by Drew Sheneman
Age Level: 3 - 5 Grade Level: PS – K
I loved this book! Have you ever been so hungry you could eat everything in sight in seconds? I have!
That’s exactly what this story is about. Poor Bear! He falls off the zoo truck and runs into a scout that wants to earn her merit badge. She tries to teach Bear what to eat/not eat, and she fails miserably. Bear is NOT a picky eater! He would have tried a bit of rock, skunk, rabbit, dirt, even a pine cone. But that darn scout! She wouldn’t let him. You’ll have to read for yourself to see if Bear finally gets fed. Enjoy! Plus this book is a little punny too!
Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet
Written by Curtis Manley
Illustrated by Jessica Lanan
Age Level: 5 - 9
Grade Level: PS – 3
I loved this book and the information inside. I’d never thought of a planet having to be just right with temperature, water, and so many other variables for life to exist. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the author had the great idea of having a family explore a museum that specializes in the search for life beyond Earth. Did you know that using one telescope and looking at one tiny portion of the night sky, you can find 4000 extrasolar planets or exoplanets. It’s amazing - that there are so many possibilities for life beyond earth!
The back matter includes the science of detecting life, whether it’s carbon-based like here on Earth, or not. The end pages show timelines for exploring space.
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.