As both a children’s writer and children’s librarian, I come across all kinds of awesome books, and my almost obsessive-crazy-hat-lady love of books demands that I share them. This week’s are:
Written by Ann Droyd
Ages: 3 to 300
Hardcover: 30 pages or Kindle & NOOK versions
Published: Blue Rider Press
Right now, Goodnight Moon by Margret Wise Brown is my daughter and mine’s favorite bedtime read, so when I saw this my brain immediately went “Gimme, gimme!” This is a parody of Brown’s original tale and pokes fun at our modern-day dependency on electronics. With its line of name brands, this book can be viewed as adult humor, but in our heavily electronic world (including heavily electronic childhoods) this read is relatable and enjoyable for children as well…and a nice reminder to all ages groups to “unplug” every now and again.
The Cupcake Diaries Collection
Written by Coco Simon
Ages: 8 and up
Paperback: 640 pages, Kindle & NOOK versions available for individual titles
Publisher: Simon Spotlight
Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes. What’s not to love? This is a relatively new series that your middle grade girl(s) will just eat up. The Cupcake Diaries follows four friends as they navigate friendships, social issues and running a cupcake club. This is a sweet series frosted with just the right amount of humor. Individual titles include: Katie and the Cupcake Cure, Mia in the Mix, Emma on Thin Icing, and Alexis and the Perfect Recipe.
The Action Bible
Edited by Doug Mauss, Illustrated by Sergio Cariello
Age Range: 9 and up
Hardcover: 752 pages or Kindle version
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (September 1, 2010)
I have one word to describe this book…AWESOME. Besides the fact that the illustrations are amazing, this graphic novel remake of the Cook’s classic Picture Bible is perfect for pre-teens and teens, especially the ones that break out in hives at the mention of a B.O.O.K. The Action Bible takes what can be seen as a humdrum religious book by some teens and makes it relatable and engaging through both brilliant images and modern language. However, I would note that as it is a large graphic novel (equals lots of images, lots of ink) and this gladiator of a book weighs in at a respectable three pounds.