The holidays are approaching and there are plenty of books that will make wonderful gifts. I’ll be compiling two columns this month of suggestions for kids and teens. Remember that toys break, clothes wear out, but books can last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations!
Pop-ups and interactive books: It is important to involve the young child in the book being read. They want to touch, pull tabs, open shutters, spin wheels, etc. My granddaughter Ella helped me choose these books.
If you want a bold book that will appeal to young and old, select Marvel Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book (Matthew Reinhart, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2022, 12 pages, $49.99). In addition to six spectacular pop-ups, there are other smaller pop-ups and interactive elements. Over 75 heroes and villains fill the pages with brief biographies and relevant information. You can spend hours flipping through the book and marveling at the pop-ups over and over again. Fittingly for Denton, Spider-Man is the first major pop-up.
Exposing its know-how to seduce very young children, Rinehart has created pop-ups for them. Forms: my first pop-up (Matthew Reinhart, art by Ekaterina Trukhan, Abrams Appleseed, 2022, 12 pages, $14.99) showcases the five basic shapes in nifty pop-ups. The form is described and examples of objects from our everyday world are represented. Some are easy to locate while others create a challenge for older readers.
Peek-a-boo is one of the first games a child learns. Where is the fire truck? (Ingela Arrhenius, Nosy Crow, 2022, 10 pages, $8.99) uses the basis of this game to introduce a child to common vehicles. The double page is boldly colored with childish drawings, and the object is under a felt flap. The last flap covers a mirror so that the child discovers where he is.
Sing-along songs have always been popular with children. The familiar song Itsy Bitsy Spider (Yu-hsuan Huang, Nosy Crow, 2022, 8 pages, $8.99) is illustrated with charming, childlike pages, with a slider on each page to duplicate the action of the song. There’s a QR code on the back of the book – scan it for a vocal and instrumental version of the song.
The reader is invited to look twice (Giuliano Ferri, minedition, 2022, 32 pages, $12.99) on a double page with a scene covered with a cut-out flap. Turning the flap reveals a funny and unexpected event. The book is sure to bring giggles as a pig is chased by bees and a monkey rides an elephant’s trunk.
let’s play the game I think of a jungle animal (Guillain & Gaggiotti, Nosy Crow, 2022, 8 pages, $9.99). On one page, a child describes an animal, and the opposite page is a cut-out page with a slider showing a jungle creature hiding in its natural environment.
Very simple natural sciences are explored in Who dug this hole? (Laura Gehl, illustrated by Loris Lora, Abrams Appleseed, 2022, 16 pages, $9.99). Each board presents a question with the opposite page showing an animal’s natural environment. Lift the flap to see the hidden animal inside. The last board reveals children playing.
Look around you. What is In the air (Natasha Durley, Cameron Kids, 2022, 30 pages, $19.99)? An accordion-style book with images on each side gives the answer. Each page has an object with a label. Simplicity is important to the concept. Take this book outside, in the car, on a trip and see if the child can locate objects as well as discover those not in the book.
For older readers familiar with children’s movie characters, the Pixar Friends Block (Disney, Abrams Appleseed, 2022, 88 pages, $17.99) will provide encouragement to cope with everyday life. Whatever the situation, a Pixar buddy is there to share it with you. The characters are not named, but will be recognized. There are cutouts and flaps as well as colorful illustrations.
A storm came and took the colors away. In My magic rainbow (Yujin Shin, Abrams Appleseed, 2022, 8 pages, $8.99), a helpful unicorn comes to save the day. She gives color back to other magical beings, and then they have a parade. This is a simple story told in verse with spinners and sliders and meant for fun.
Picture Books: I learn so much from picture books, so you can imagine the worlds that open up to kids!
Characters from popular Disney films appear in original stories in My First Baby Animals Bedtime Storybook (Disney Press, 2022, 68 pages, $10.99). Thumper, Scamp, the Little Dalmatians and Dumbo are some of the characters kids will love to hear about. Disney illustrations will look very familiar to you.
Vincent is the main character of The mouse who carried a house on his back (Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, Candlewick Press, 2022, 48 pages, $18.99). He has lived in many places because he always knows where he should be. Settling on the top of a hill, he puts his little house. Many needy animals pass by, and as Vincent invites them over for the night, the house miraculously expands to accommodate. In the morning, when each animal leaves, the house becomes one that Vincent can carry on his back to the next place he needs. The cut-out pages add intrigue to this warm and generous story.
It’s time for Fiona the fruit bat (Dan Riskin, illustrated by Rachel Qiugi, Greystone Kids, 40 pages, $17.95) fly. But she lacks the confidence to let go and leave the cave. Her mother tells her to “listen”, but she doesn’t know what to listen to. Gradually, the science of echolocation takes hold and Fiona learns to fly. A pleasant story and a science lesson are combined. The background explains the science of echolocation and provides information about bats.
To take a walk, Watch and listen (Dianne White, illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford, Margaret Ferguson/Holiday House, 2022, 32 pages, $18.99). Rhyming texts and bold, colorful collages follow a child on a journey that showcases sound, color and creatures. It’s also a guessing game as clues are given and the creature is embedded into the collage and then revealed when you turn the page. The background provides information about each creature in the book.
A family came to the ocean’s edge for the day. Two children play all day listening to the sounds of the ocean and finding out what makes the sounds. I hear you, ocean (Kallie George, illustrated by Carmen Mok, Greystone Kids, 2022, 36 pages, $17.95) is packed with childish action and fun sounds kids will love making.
There are two houses with a fence between them. On one side a solitary dog, on the other a little girl who comes to love the dog and reads to him every evening. Together they become many things and go many places through stories. Finally, they are reunited as a family, and the dog tells him that he will go everywhere with you (Carlie Sorosiak, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth, Walker Books, 2022, 40 pages, $18.99). An oversized format and exuberant illustrations brilliantly capture the emotions and journeys of the imagination.
Where do the words in poems and stories come from? Patricia MacLachlan wrote a hymn to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver in my poet (MacLachlan, images by Jen Hill, Katherine Tegen Books, 2022, 32 pages, $17.99). In stripped-down text and restrained gouache, well suited to the construction of a poem, the poet and a child explore the world as the child begins to understand that the words are within her as she learns more.
Where do the stories come from? A small island off the coast of Ireland, an article about fog catchers in the desert of Morocco, and the belief in fairies throughout Ireland have combined in Marianne McShane’s imagination to help her create a folk tale. original irish. The fogcatcher girl (Marianne McShane, illustrated by Alan Marks, Candlewick Press, 2022, 48 pages, $18.99) captures the danger and mystery of a good folktale, and the watercolor illustrations are a perfect complement.
A confident cat takes the reader on a tour of the White House. The white house cat (Cylin Busby, illustrated by Neely Daggett, Balzer + Bray, 2022, 40 pages, $17.99) has homework to do, which takes us to the main rooms as well as outdoor locations. It is a light book with a background that provides information to the curious reader.
The rose of peace is one of the most beautiful and coveted roses. A rose named peace (Barbara Roberts, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick Press, 2022, 48 pages, $18.99) begins with a boy in France whose family grew fruits, vegetables and roses. When Francis Meilland was a teenager, he began experimenting with cross-pollination but experienced many failures. When he finally succeeded, World War II hit his country. How the rose was cultivated and spread around the world is a story of persistence, war and survival. Beautiful watercolor landscapes highlight the text.
Check out the Denton Public Library for these books and more. Our local Barnes & Noble will have a display of some of these books.