Some Recent Children’s Book Reviews

I have been writing some children’s book reviews here and there, I figured y’all might find them useful, so here are some previews with links to the full review. All of them should be available at your local public library.

The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora (5/5) …the illustrations are truly engaging and beautiful and stand on their own merit, not just as a non-white version of a classic.

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (4/5) A sweet story that many will probably think of as “Little House in Sweden.”

Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (5/5) The oil paintings and collage illustrations by Kadir Nelson are beautiful and striking, they seem to make a faraway world more real to readers, integrating African textiles and motifs.

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier (5/5) Martin’s Big Words is a book that every family ought to own. It’s the best introduction to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that we have come across, something appropriate for even four or five-year-olds.

3 responses to “Some Recent Children’s Book Reviews

  1. I recommend Christmas in Noisy Village, too. It’s out of print, but you can find affordable used copies on Amazon.

  2. I think it may be a picture book excerpt from Children of Noisy Village… but I haven’t confirmed that! Just my suspicion.

  3. I haven’t read Children of Noisy Village, so I’m not sure… but even if it is, it’s a lovely picture book on its own merit!

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