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Before I dive into my children’s book reviews, I want to share with you an amazing book I just finished. The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon will very likely go down as the best non-fiction books I’ve read in 2020. We all know that reading to our children is important and I don’t want to rehash all the statistics or reasons. Just let me summarize it by saying that even though I am well-read and well-informed on the topic of reading to our children I learned a ton from this book. Please, if you are going to read a book this year, make it this one.
And now, on to some fun new books for children.
Many things go away.
they pass by.
Things That Go Away is a soft introduction to the idea of loss. Sometimes loss is good, sometimes it’s sad. Alemanga talks about sleep, lice, dark thoughts, and wounds all going away. In beautiful prose and calming pictures, loss and going away is explored. A great book for all children.
The illustrations are each covered with a vellum page which can be turned to change the picture.
We have all felt loss in 2020. From big things like jobs and income and school to small things like a trip to the park with friends. Things That Go Away is a timeless book that has extra meaning right now.
Lion needs a hair but…but then again, who doesn’t this year? Father lion tells his son that he needs a haircut.
“No I don’t” says his son.
So ensues a battle of wills that every parent can relate to. Father lion tries to tell his son not to worry or be scared…and the son insists that he isn’t worried or scared, he just doesn’t want a haircut…
Father explains that he used to be afraid of scissors and haircuts…
But what happens when father lion needs a haircut? Any stubborn or haircut resistant child will enjoy the story and solution to this dilemma.
Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler by Elizabeth Brown illustrated by Aimee Sicuro
Abram Books for Younger Readers
This book tells the true story of the artist, Helen Frankenthaler. Like many great artists, she didn’t like to color in the lines or be told how to draw or paint. She wanted to do her her way or no way at all.
Helen’s parents encouraged her love of art and color, even while teachers tried to get her to “do it right” Helen was devastated by her father’s death when she was just 11….and she seems unable to draw or paint.
Eventually, she finds solace through her art, begins painting and again, and in a lifechanging moment meets Jackson Pollak who inspires her with his technique. This is another inspiring story of art and perseverance.
Random House Children’s Books
“Ever since I was a little girl ,I dreamed of being a mother….I never imagined that becoming a mom would be so hard. Everyone around us seemed to be having a baby with such ease, but our road to parenthood was long and complicated…I wanted to write this book for those mothers and fathers who have had a similar road to parenthoot. I wanted any parent to be albeit o star this story-our story, your story- with their own miracle baby, to express how much they were wanted and loved before they even arrived.”
This book about the struggle to have a baby is heartfelt and beautiful. The colorful illustrations beautifully demonstrate the effort put in by struggling couples to finally end up with the baby they have longed for. This book would be a great Mother’s Day or baby shower book to any parent who has struggled through and overcome infertility. It is a beautiful way to explain the longing and struggle to become a family. Any child conceived after a long struggle will appreciate this book.
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