It’s that time again! Happy Pub Day to Jade Braves the Dark!
Jade Braves the Dark // by Valdene Mark // illustrated by Sawyer Cloud
Pub Day: September 15, 2020
Jade is ready for bedtime but once the lights are off, she struggles to fall asleep. Her imagination conjures all kinds of monsters into her room and going to sleep seems impossible. Luckily, she is very brave and learns how to handle her fears.
This is a wonderful little book for children that may be struggling with nighttime fears like Jade. Each page is short and sweet but to the point. The rhyming keeps you moving through the book at a good page and the subject and ending are easily understood. What I love the most though about this book are the illustrations! They are beautiful and accompany the story so well. The vibrant colors make this exciting yet mysterious and should keep any child engaged.
The Very Last Leaf // by Stef Wade // illustrated by Jennifer Davison
Pub Day: August 01, 2020
The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about how even the best students sometimes aren’t perfect and may need a little help and encouragement. Lance Cottonwood comes from a long line of the very best leaves. He has aced all of his tests but when it comes to facing the very last one, he is scared: Will he be able to face his fears or will be the first of his family to not make the jump? This book addresses the fact that even the most perfect seeming people may need help every once in a while in a playful way that is accompanied by illustrations in beautiful colors.
Little Book of Kindness // by Frances Pirrone
Pub Day: June 12, 2020
Publisher: Clavis Publishing
Little Book of Kindness by Francesco Pirrone is a lovely little book with simple but beautiful illustrations. How to teach empathy has been on my mind lately after a conversation with a psychologist about teaching empathy in med school and how the Danish teach it to children in school as they grow up. This book will be such a good addition to our little library as it shows easy ways that anybody can show kindness and compassion to the world and the people around them. I only wish that it was longer!
The Dog Who Lost His Bark // by Eoin Colfer // illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Pub Day: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Candlewick Press
The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer really impressed me. This book took several difficult subjects and combined them into a story that is easy to understand for younger children and middle-aged children alike. This story takes a little dog through an abusive situation to homelessness to being rescued by his forever family and learning what true love is. At the same time, this story also follows a young boy that has to learn about the difficulties of adult relationships, his family breaking up, a parent finding a new partner, the feeling of not being good enough, and – to top it all off – he feels like he has to decide between two of the most important members of his family. But through it all, he also learns the power of love and patience and what true loyalty really means. I am in love with this book and highly recommend it to those whose family and children may be going through similar issues or even those that aren’t. Use this to teach love and loyalty, or use it to start a difficult conversation. Make of this book what you need it to be.
I am very excited about this lineup today! It is all about teaching children to be brave and kind and accepting. Also, there is a dog, so of course those are often my favorites. But that book really is awesome and would be a great addition to anybody’s library!