Dino-Swimming by Lisa Wheeler
Ages: 5-8 years
Illustrations by Barry Gott
Grade Level: K – 3
I met Lisa at an SCBWI conference when she critiqued my dog book, and now I’m posting a review for her. I love her books, and so did the Elida kids I visited last year. They knew and loved her work. They’re just a great combination of sport and rhyme. In this one, #6, the land sharks compete against the algae eaters. The land sharks win, but so does good sportsmanship. When I read this book, Dino-Racing was coming soon. It’s out, and now you can look forward to Dino-Dancing. Cha-cha anyone?
The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert
Ages: 3-7 years
Photographs by Per Breiehagen
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
I’ve read 105 books since I started journaling my reads. This was #36, or about 70 books ago. But, I remembered #36, and it’s the perfect Christmas choice! Lori and Per are a husband and wife team who took 4 years to write/photograph this book starring their daughter Anja. Deciding to be Santa’s helper, she sets off to find him. Animals along the way give her a helping hand/paw, plus a photo op. The polar bear is my personal favorite. Anja finds Santa, gets a bell, plus a goodbye kiss. Waking up bell-less, she wonders if it was real, or a dream? The last line (What do you think) lets you decide. I hope you check out this book, even if you’re like me, way older than seven. PS- If you liked The Christmas Wish, there are 3 other wish books to check out.
The Dollhouse Magic by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Ages: 7-9 years
Illustrated by Diane Palmisciano
Grade Level: 2-4
This book’s a perfect fit if you love dollhouses, history, and Christmas. The 1st chapter’s a little slow, but get past it, and you’ll love this book. Set in the Great Depression, two sisters move when their father loses his job. Every day the girls walk home through the old neighborhood so they can visit the dollhouse. Its furnishings always match the season! The girls make friends with its owner, old Miss Whitcomb. She dies Christmas Eve but leaves them something special in her will. Read to discover what it is, and how friendship and dollhouse magic can last forever.
What Do You Do With A Problem? by Kobi Yamada
Ages: 4-8 years
Illustrated by Mae Besom
Grade Level: PK-3
I wanted to pick a dino book, but had to choose this one.
It’s the most wonderful time of year, except, if you have a
problem. Then it’s the worst! This book is great, for grown-
ups too. Our hero has a problem. We don’t know what it is,
but no matter what he does/doesn’t do it, his problem
grows. Finally, our hero tackles it and makes the most
amazing discovery. Ready? There’s something beautiful
inside his problem…an opportunity. Can you believe it? My best friend taught me this lesson years ago, and now her advice is in this book. Cool! This Christmas season I wish you, the opportunity to tackle a problem, so you too can discover the beauty and opportunity inside. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
P.S…if you liked this book, you might try Kobi’s earlier book, What Do You Do With An Idea?