I Just Finished Reading... Top Picks for April
Each month I share my favourite new books for 6 – 12 year-olds that have both kid AND parent appeal. I hope you enjoy them, too!
Walter Wick is the amazingly talented artist/illustrator/photographer/designer behind the popular I Spy and Can You See What I See? series of puzzle-picture books for kids. His latest title, Big Book of Search and Find Fun, really is big –- it contains more than 1,000 hidden objects for readers to find.
I love his books because they appeal to all readers –- there isn’t a lot of text, so both younger and older children can enjoy looking at the pictures and searching for objects. Because the focus is on the art and the joy of discovery, it sparks a sense of creativity, exploration and helps develop a love of reading. What I wouldn’t give to spend a day in his studio watching him in action!
After the 1942 attack on Pearl Harbour, Manami and her family are forced to leave their community to live with thousands of other Japanese Americans in a prison camp. No pets are permitted to come with the prisoners, but she tries to stow her dog Yujiin anyway, only to have him discovered and taken away by a soldier. Heartbroken, Manami stops speaking.
When her new schoolteacher gives her a gift of paper and pencils to communicate, Manami draws pictures of Yujiin and sends them floating into the wind, hoping that they will bring him back. Will her wish come true?
Heartwarming and uplifting, Soar is the story of Jeremiah, a 12-year-old boy who has faced a lot of adversity: he was abandoned as a baby and is limited by a heart transplant. But with the loving support of his adoptive father, he’s been able to pursue his favourite topic, baseball, even if it means watching from the sidelines.
When he and his dad make a temporary move to Ohio, Jeremiah has the chance to put his baseball knowledge to good use as the coach of his middle school baseball team. But doubts about his ability fester in a community still reeling from a recent tragedy. Readers will root for Jeremiah in hopes that his good luck will hold.
I'll be taking May off, but look for more of my recommended reads in June!