Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Welcome to the Neighborwood

By: Shawn Sheehy

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Welcome to the Neighborwood

Summary: In this pop-up book meet seven animal builders and see how their unique skills help them to survive — and to live together in harmony in the neighborwood.

Rating: 4 ****

A great way to introduce animal nonfiction to kids.

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Daylight Starlight Wildlife

By: Wendell Minor

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Daylight Starlight Wildlife

Summary: An introduction to diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (nighttime) animals.

Rating: 3 ***

Discusses many different animals and how they live.

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And Away We Go!

Written By: Migy

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And Away We Go!

Summary:
Mr. Fox is going to the moon. Away he goes in his hot air balloon. But wait. Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let’s bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox’s balloon, but look out–a surprise is in store for everyone, too.

Rating: 3 ***

A nice book where Mr. Fox invites animals he encounters along the way onto his balloon ride to the moon. Although some of the animals are not invited. Not sure why.

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Tippy and the Night Parade

By: Lilli Carre

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Tippy and the Night Parade

Summary: Follow Tippy on a nocturnal adventure through mist, up a mountain, down a hole and back home.

Rating: 4 ****

A cute story about a sleepwalking girl and the animals she attracts back to her bedroom after her nightly strolls.

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1 to 20 Animals Aplenty

By: Katie Viggers

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1 to 20 Animals Aplenty

Summary: A counting book with animals.

Rating: 4 ****

Viggers illustrations are amazing and most of the number rhymes are really unique and silly such as 11 dogs and their pet frogs. Some pages even include different classifications of each animal with a descriptor below each one.

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I Know a Bear

By: Mariana Ruiz Johnson

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I Know a Bear

Summary: Each time a girl visits a bear in a zoo, she listens to his tales of the vast and wondrous Land of the Bears, his home that he will never see again.

Rating: 4 ****

The book itself is anti-zoo. The little girl in the end frees her bird in the cage who then goes to live with the bear to keep him company. It’s pretty introspective for a picture book and will give kids something to think about and open a conversation about animal conservation versus animal ethics.

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Go to Sleep, Little Farm

Written By: Mary Lyn Ray
Illustrated By: Christopher Silas Neal

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Go to Sleep, Little Farm

Summary: The farm’s creatures prepare for night and rest.

Rating: 3 ***

There is a disconnect between the illustrations and the writing. Some pages work in perfect harmony telling a story of an animal and a girl at the same time, but other pages don’t so the story is fragmented. The text is also a little too complex for young children. For example: Then somewhere a secret curls in an ear, just as dreams flicker near…

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A Book of Babies

By: Il Sung Na

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A Book of Babies

Summary: While baby animals are born–some with fur and some with scales, some with lots of brothers and sisters, some with none–a curious duck watches.

Rating: 3 ***

Covers how different animal babies look and act differently.

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Shh! We Have a Plan

By: Chris Haughton

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Shh! We Have a Plan

Summary: Four friends creep through the woods, and what do they spot? An exquisite bird high in a tree! ‘Hello birdie,’ waves one. ‘Shh! We have a plan,’ hush the others. They stealthily make their advance, nets in the air. Ready one, ready two, ready three, and go! But as one comically foiled plan follows another, it soon becomes clear that their quiet, observant companion, hand outstretched, has a far better idea.

Rating: 4 ****

A cute book about how to and how not to attract animals in nature.

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Toad Weather

Written By: Sandra Markle
Illustrated By: Thomas Gonzalez

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Toad Weather

Summary: On a rainy day, Ally’s mom asks her to come outside where, amidst the oil slicks, dripping awnings, and splashing cars, they find a toad migration taking place.

Rating: 3 ***

A story about a neat phenomenon of toads that migrate for mating season in Philadelphia at the first rain and how people help them cross the road to get to the pond.

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