Emily at Ravenna has put together some fresh kid's books for your perusal...
As many readers love reading on the rainy days (what a great place to live then, eh?), we always have new books coming in. Here are my top new recommendations for this spring:
Kids ages 3-8:
Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks
Three hungry, orange cats successfully steal a penguin, but can they catch him through the city as the penguin escapes for home?
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J Muth
Narrated in haiku, through two children and a panda, you will be taken on a wondrous journey through each season. I love that this picturebook avoids cliche language and the balance of text and watercolor allows the reader to pause and enjoy each moment.
Oliver's Tree by Kit Chase
How does a rabbit, owl, and elephant play hide and seek together? Well, while Oliver (the elephant) is too sad to play because he is too big, the others build a tree house instead so everyone can play together. Definitely a great book on problem solving and friendship.
How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
Little Jumbo is certainly active and a helpful little elephant. And, though he is very thoughtful, it is not exactly thoughtful according to Dad.
Kids ages 8-12
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Join Sophie on a light-hearted, witty, impossible quest of finding her mother. Along with her guardian Charles and the rooftoppers (children who live on the roofs of Paris), Sophie can hopefully solve this missing piece in her life. After all, you should never ignore an impossible -- even if your only clue is a cello.
Under the Egg by Laura Fitzgerald
A great art mystery fills Theo's summer. Is this covered painting of her late grandfather a valuable, missing Raphael or simply a good painting? Fitzgerald's novel is full of wit, intrigue, and enigmas. (Perfect for young artists, mystery readers, or lovers of Chasing Vermeer or from the Mixed Up Files.)
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Lucy is a photographer -- like her dad -- but can she stand out on her own without his help? This book is perfect for naturalists, photographers, and for anyone who has had to navigate new friendships and changes.
Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder
Annie does not want to be with her bitter grandmother she never knew, until she becomes friends with her as a girl -- back in 1937. But is this changing the future or is it simply a long dream? Another excellent magical realism story for girls.