I’ve got animal tales, a sing-songy baseball adventure, and two striking, multicultural tales to share with you.  Pick them up wherever you like to get your picture books and don’t forget to share them with someone you love.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy ButtonsPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin introduces subtraction with almost a slight of hand.  Your kids will be so busy singing along with Pete’s new song, they won’t realize the math they are absorbing. A winning read-aloud.

 

 

Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod & Freya Blackwood melted my heart a little!  Maudie is the star of these five short stories and Bear is her supportive rock.  Together they dance, play dress up, make a snack and more.  Perfect for reading in a snuggly bed before your little one drifts off to sleep.

 

Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen has a bouncy cadence that will appeal to any reader.  Randy isn’t a great baseball player, but he uses his STEM skills to create a robot that will save his town from a meteor.  It’s sure to be a big hit!

 

Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs wasn’t praised by the reviewers. It’s hard for a celebrity to win their love, but Shane W. Evans depiction of Taye’s character make it a winner for me.  This lad’s outside makes him different than his friends, but he finds a way to relate to them with the help of his loving “Moms.” Self acceptance and friendship rule the day.

 

We March by Shane W. Evans – Evans has another book in this batch of books, a succinct, moving look at the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Not just a book for Black History Month, parents and teachers can pull this one out any time to read to their 4-7-year-olds about the power of collectively speaking out about injustice.