I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks for October
It’s Halloween! And these are my top picks for October, here just in the nick of time. Although these books are not spooky reads for your boys and ghouls, they are (mostly) new children’s books that hopefully everyone can enjoy!
9 – 12
Lumberjanes is a comic book series that came out on 2014, so it's not technically new. But, Lumberjanes Vol. 6: Sink or Swim came out earlier this year, and Lumberjanes Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View will be coming out in December, so it is safe to put on this list. This a great series that is action-packed, sassy, with a little bit of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five friends who are also bunkmates at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Girls Hardcore Lady Types, who don’t always follow rules and find themselves in dire situations. The comic book (respectfully) features LGTBQ+ characters; and depicts five friends who love and support each other without any mushiness.
Ages 4 – 8
The same duo who wrote and illustrated The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art (a Caldecott Honor Book), introduce young readers to another great artist. Vincent Can’t Sleep begins with Vincent Van Gogh’s sleepless nights in the cradle, to him wandering under the stars when he is older. Van Gogh’s growth as an artist is portrayed through Rosenstock’s lyrical prose and Grandpré’s soft illustrations. "The Starry Night" (the one painting sold during Van Gogh’s lifetime) is featured in the story, inspiring the moodiness and sadness found in the book and in Van Gogh’s life.
Age 5 – 7
It is okay to talk about hockey these days, right? It’s the season and the Toronto Maple Leaf fans are walking with a little hop in their saunter. And can you imagine going to bed BEFORE the game is over? Well, neither can this little boy. “What if I can’t fall asleep?” he asks after he is tucked in. Sure that he can make it to the end of the game, he decides to listen to the game on his radio. As the announcer narrates the game, the boy begins to drift off to sleep and dreams that he has joined the Champs, his favourite hockey team! He scores the winning goal, and is cheered on by the announcer and teammates. This is a great bedtime story for parents and caregivers to read snuggled under the blankets.