Book Recommendations (August 2021)

I can't believe we're in August already! I seem to say this every month... Though I'm working on editing my WIPs, it may be awhile before you read my next book but here are some other awesome books for you, including a chapter book, rhyming ABC book and even a book about fractions. Scroll down to read more about them.

 
 

The Light by Leigh Anne Fortner (Author), Anastassiya Selezneva (Illustrator)

Book Description:

This beautifully illustrated children's book will help your child to see the goodness and beauty that surrounds us in this world while also exploring one woman's journey through grief. Discover with your child how love can spread and grow to every creature, where this love comes from, and that this love is with them always.


Why I like this book:

This is a must-read for all children and adults. We should all learn to spread the light and share God's love with others. I love how it was told through rhyme as well as an old woman's journey through grief. It shows how the light was passed on to her, bringing her out of darkness. It makes the concept of spreading love and kindness to others clear and easy to understand for young children. The illustrations are also beautiful. Highly recommend this book, especially for Christian families and churches.


The LittleBig Detectives: Lorelai and Niami, the True Duo of Crime Solving

by Alexandra Antipa (Author), SKlakina SKlakina (Illustrator)

Book Description:

A mystery chapter book to spark your child's imagination, with enchanting illustrations. The perfect bedtime read for young minds passionate about detective stories!

Lorelai is a bright little girl who adores mysteries. Like all the other great detectives in the world, she has an equally dazzling assistant, Niami, the toy cat with a nose for fishy business. Together, they engage in a mission of vital importance: catching misbehaving toys in the act and teaching them a lesson.


Why I like this book:

I really liked the idea and concept of the story having the little girl solve mysteries with her toy cat involving all her other toys. It is a very imaginative and creative story and the mysteries are all so interesting and intriguing, teaching some great morals and lessons as well. I read this on the Kindle and the text is a little small to read as you can't enlarge it, so I'd recommend getting the paperback. There are some cute illustrations throughout the book as well. The language is a little advanced so it can be challenging for younger readers (there is a glossary at the end), but I quite liked this writing style, which is similar to some older children's classics. It sometimes addresses the reader directly so it's like having a conversation with the narrator. A very cleverly written book that will take the reader on an adventure through the eyes of a toddler and her many toys. Definitely worth a read.

Learning Colors: (Early Learning with Rosy Ladybug) by Marcela Brué-Lotz (Author, Illustrator)

Book Description:

Ages: 3 to 5


Understanding color is an essential building block for Early Learning. Children will love learning the colors with Rosy, the adorable little ladybug! Join Rosy on a colorful adventure while she searches for a special birthday present for her mommy.

Learning Colors is Book 1 of the Early Learning with Rosy Ladybug book series. It features extra bright and colorful illustrations along with a newly updated interactive storyline. Questions and discussion points will keep children engaged as each color is introduced, while fun and educational color games found at the end of the book will reinforce learning.


Why I like this book:

What a cute book to teach little ones about colors! I liked the sweet storyline about Rosy getting flowers for her mommy and learning about colors at the same time from Mrs Honeybee. It also teaches the names of different flowers which match those colors and ends with an activity to find different objects with the colors and matching colors. A fun and interactive book with a sweet storyline, and lovely illustrations!


The King’s Riddle: A Chocolate Conundrum by Kayla Anne Walker (Author), Sara Danae Friel (Illustrator)

Book Description:

Ages: 6 to 8


A beloved king must find an heir to take his place. As King of the Cocoa Beans, he uses chocolate to devise a riddle: "How can chocolate bring true happiness?" Whoever answers the riddle correctly will be King or Queen. A number of people come and try their best to solve the riddle, but ultimately, only one discovers the correct answer. The King’s Riddle primarily focuses on fractions. The first few people who try to answer the king’s question help build a conceptual understanding of fractions. The school teacher who tries his luck in answering the question gives an explanation with pictures, words, and numbers to demonstrate multiplying fractions. On another level, the applicants are a variety of ages and backgrounds, and while each person may not have the exact answer the king is seeking, each is shown to have a valid perspective.


Why I like this book:

This was a very clever and sweet story mixing maths, fractions and morals all together into one. It keeps readers guessing what the best answer is and who the most suitable person to take the king's place. It's a creative way to teach kids and spark some interesting discussions. It's a great book to have in the classroom to teach kids about mathematical concepts as well as morals and perspectives. I found the illustrations to be very unique too, which were illustrated by the author's mother!


To You, From Me by Ariane Stoker (Author)

Book Description:

Ages: 3 to 7


Have you ever had a letter delivered to you by an armadillo? What about a zebra? In this alliterative, rhyming alphabet story, follow the exciting and highly unconventional journey of a letter! The colorful illustrations and fun, bouncy rhythm will have you smiling as the post is passed to a pink platypus, a refined rabbit, and several other animal helpers. Come join in the journey of a special note between friends!


Why I like this book:

When I downloaded this book, I didn't know it was an alphabet book but it's so cleverly done, weaving a whole story together instead of 26 separate and unrelated parts. I loved that it's also a rhyming story. Each letter flows into the next with the animals passing the letter along. It's so sweet! Really beautifully done. Illustrations are so adorable and eye-catching too. This story would surely encourage your little one to write their own letters as well.

Fred the Super Saves the Mangroves by Pina Bird (Author)

Book Description:

Ages: 4 to 10


Fred's new adventure takes you on a trip deep into the mangrove forests of Australia. While taking in all the beauty of this new habitat, Fred discovers that the forest is at risk and needs immediate help. Fred and his friends spring into action while coming together. Will Fred and his friends save the mangroves? Join the adventure and find out what they learn about the mangrove forest.



Why I like this book:

What a wonderful book! There is great storytelling. Fred talks about the time he visited Australia and saved the mangroves, which encourages readers to take better care of the environment and do their part to help. I like the Aussie words and slang included in the book as well. There is even a glossary of them. This is an educational as well as entertaining story. I really enjoyed it. This is actually the second book in the Fred the Super series. The first book, Fred the Super Friend is a wonderful story about kindness and friendship.


 

Well, that wraps up this month's book recommendations! I hope you enjoyed reading about these awesome books and find something you like to check out! Have you read any of these books? If not, which one would you like to check out? Do you have any good books to recommend? Leave a comment below!

 

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