Children’s Fiction – What’s New?

91LYHgDgGDLI was strolling through a small bookstore in Orlando and came across Giraffe Problems, by Jory John. The wonderful cover caught my attention so I picked it up and began reading. The story is about Edward, a giraffe who doesn’t like his neck – it’s too long, too bendy, too  dopey, too patterned, etc. I called my twenty-two year old daughter over and we read it together. I laughed so loudly, my daughter scolded me. This is a delightful story about accepting our unique design. I highly recommend the book. I guarantee you won’t be able to read it without laughing alongside your kids.


John, Jory, and Lane Smith. Giraffe Problems. Random House, 2018.


Dragon Masters reviewed by Christie Thomas and kids!
51NsY3o-fyLThe Dragon Masters series from Scholastic miraculously engaged all three of my boys. In it, four children are brought to the castle in the Kingdom of Bracken because the “dragon stone” has chosen each child to train a specific dragon. Together, the children solve problems, learn to connect with their dragons, and thwart bad guys. Because there are illustrations on each page, this series was instrumental in helping my 7-year-old bridge the gap between short picture books and chapter books. My 4-year-old, who is notorious for interrupting multiple times whenever we read, sat still and listened carefully to each book. Even my 9-year-old and I got into the stories. I found myself reading the stories in the car or after bedtime, just so I could keep up with the plot! Half the main characters are brave, intelligent girls, so this series has broad appeal.

We like them because we like dragons! Jackson, age 4

You never know what’s going to happen next. Ethan, age 9

I like it because it’s interesting. Oliver, age 7


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West, Tracey, and Graham Howells. Rise of the Earth Dragon. Scholastic Inc., 2014.


220px-ClickclackmooDoreen Cronin delights readers with this silly story about cows who find an old typewriter and begin leaving requests for Farmer Brown. When he denies them, the animals go on strike. This is a story which will have everyone laughing. (Caldecott Honor: 2001)

Cronin, Doreen, and Betsy Lewin. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Simon Spotlight, 2016.


since forever hoda kotb

I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb is a perfect bedtime story to reassure your children they are loved. Since before birds flew over rainbows…The declarations of love for her child coupled with lovely illustrations make this a book you will be asked to read again and again.

Kotb, Hoda. I’ve Loved You since Forever. HarperCollins Canada, Limited, 2018.


This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is a 2013 Caldecott winner is about a small fish turned hat-thief. The incongruity of the situation and the illustrations make this story so much fun to read. Klassen continues to delight both parent and child with his award-winning stories.

Klassen, Jon. This Is Not My Hat. Walker Books, 2014.


Otis, by Loren Long, reminds me of stories I loved as a child. It tells of a relationship between an old tractor and a little calf. Much like Mike Mulligan’s Steam Engine, Otis is overshadowed by newer machinery. Otis captures hearts with his simple devotion.

Long, Loren. What Does Otis See? Penguin Young Readers, an Imprint of Penguin Random House, 2015.



In her wonderful story, Thankful, Eileen Spinelli reminds us to be grateful for the things we often overlook in our lives. The poetic rhythm and rhyme make it a fun book to read and re-read.

Tyger, Rory. I Love You, Grandma. Tiger Tales, 2017.


61LpFpbNHzL._SX483_BO1,204,203,200_I Love You, Grandma by Rory Tyger, is a thoughtful board book you will want to buy for your grandchildren. With rhyme, Tyger captures the lovely relationship between children and their grandparents.

Tyger, Rory. I Love You, Grandma. Tiger Tales, 2017.






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