Coming in April is an interesting picture book about diversity: The Capybaras (Greystone Kids, 2021) by Alfredo Soderguit.
When the capybaras show up the chickens are not happy about these wild creatures. Rules are shared to keep the capybaras away. But when danger comes, the chickens change their minds. And the ending has a surprising twist, too.
I love how the chickens learn that different isn’t bad. I keep smiling at the end–you’ll have to read it to find out why.
The Spanish edition, Los Carpinchos, is a New York Public Library Best Book for Kids 2020.
I love how Story Magic (Jolly Fish Press, 2020) by Laurel Gale dives right into a magical world where stories are magic.
Kaya A’Dor isn’t supposed to know anything about the listeners and the magic they will do if you tell them a good enough story. But she’s learned enough from her older brother Hob to attempt a story herself despite it being forbidden to girls and women. When Hob is taken prisoner, Kaya’s sure it is her fault and she has to save him. Will she survive the dangers of her journey? Especially since it will require more story magic?
This story is a page turner. And isn’t that a lovely cover?
Read about Laurel here where you can also see pictures of animals she’s taken.
Here’s a heads up on a hilarious book that just came out: A Little Bit of Dinosaur (Mims House, 2021) by Darcy Pattison and Elleen Hutcheson, and illustrated by John Joven. I love how it’s not what I expected from the cover.
Did you know you have a bit of dinosaur in you? And it’s your mother’s fault?
How could one not read this story after that? The funny illustrations add to the humor of this nonfiction picture book.
Read about both authors and the illustrator here and find more information about dinosaurs, too. Check out John’s portfolio here.