Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet – Rachel Vail

Right and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet is an imaginative story that features two very different feet.  One is an early riser who likes to get up and go and adores being fancy by wearing all of the cutest new shoes available.  The other likes to sleep in and only wants to wear galoshes.  In the end, the two opposites learn to work together and begin to understand the importance of compromise and the value of friendship.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons – Eric Litwin

Pete that Cat is back!  This time the laid back cat is wearing his favorite shirt, and the groovy buttons are falling off of it, but Pete remains unphased.  Never one to cry and get upset…Pete goes with the flow.  As with previous Pete the Cat books, this one reminds readers to keep things in perspective.  It also provides a great little introduction to basic subtraction for young learners.

Isabella: Girl on the Go

Isabella:  Girl on the Go is a delight.  First, I love the fact that Isabella is spending the day playing with her father.  Daddies seem to rarely be featured in children’s books especially those about the adventures of little girls.  I was also thrilled with the fact that this book focuses on the magic of imagination.  Isabella’s adventures take her around the world exploring opportunities from being an archeologist to an astronomer while never leaving her own backyard.  In the touching conclusion, Isabella decides that her own home is the most wonderful place on Earth as she prepares to dream about all of the exciting places she will visit the next day via her imaginative play.

Dini Dinosaur – Karen Beaumont

Dini Dinosaur is a cute, rhyming story about a dinosaur that needs to take a bath after a day of having fun in the mud and sand.  Bath time is an amusing event as Mommy Dinosaur helps Dini get clean in spite of his forgetfulness about removing his shoes and clothes prior to bathing. 

Dini Dinosuar is a fun, colorful book that would make a great bedtime story for preschoolers.

Mostly Monsterly – Tammi Sauer

Bernadette may seem like she is all monster with her blue skin, pointy ears, fangs, and creepy skull necklace, but there is more to her than that.  Bernadette has a softer side.  She like kitties, flowers, and baking cupcakes and decorating them with sprinkles.  Mostly Monsterly shares how Bernadette maintains her individuality and at the same time wins over the other students who act like “total monsters” at Monster Academy.

Mostly Monsterly is a delight.  I highly recommend it!

Grin and Bear It – Leo Landry

I really like children’s books that address facing challenges.  Grin and Bear It  has a silly premise, but in the end it shares a meaningful message.  Bear wants to tell his jokes on the Woodland Stage and make all of his friends laugh.  Sadly, his fear of getting up and speaking in front of others is holding him back from realizing his dreams.  With help from his forest friends, Bear finds that he just may be able to make his dream a reality in spite of his fear.