kids books

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

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On the morning of his sixth birthday, Henry Alfred Grummorson eats a very large breakfast, mounts his trusty donkey, Knuckles, and sets out to find adventure. What does he desire? A fight to the uttermost, swordplay with a formidable beast who’ll have ado with him, strength against strength, might against might. But what does he find? A Dragon who blows smoke rings, a Cyclops with one eye perfect for a staring contest, a grim Griffin who pulls out a chess board, and a Leviathan anxious to play games in the roiling sea! He doesn’t end up finding the danger he seeks, but he does find something even better…friendship.

Hilariously verbose and impeccably illustrated, this book will please boys and girls alike with its perfect balance of danger and fun. I have two very sensitive girls (they can’t handle Disney movies yet), and they adore this book, because the terrible beasts turn out to be wonderfully friendly.  But don’t worry, adventurous little boys and girls, like Henry himself, with not be dismayed. Win!

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Five For A Little One

Five For a Little One

Five For A Little One by Chris Raschka

There is so much to adore in this artsy little book: Cool, minimalist illustrations, stellar, poetic text full of internal rhyme, alliteration, and surprising word choice. As the little bunny learns about  the amazing possibilities of each of his senses, he finds at the end that there are “Five senses–just enough–to know the love we (Mommy and Daddy Bunny) have for you.”  Artsy, cool, AND sweet!

Teaching Tips: Great for very young readers as they learn about how their body parts work. My two-year-old loves touching her eyes, nose, etc. and talking about how things might feel (feathers are soft). It’s a great conversation starter for little ones! Older readers will love the word choice and expand their vocabulary with words like noble, blessing, scent, and granite, just to name a few.