Kids hear more than enough four-letter words and dumbed down "adult" lyrics through car radios and in stores; they don't need more of it on their own time. These made-for-children CDs are smart, appropriate, fun and entertaining.
"I Believe in Little Things" from Diana Panton; Little Things; $16.
Oozing elegance and swinging soul, Canadian ...Read more
April is National Poetry Month and a great time to introduce rhyming wordplay to young readers. Here are some worthy new collections.
"When Green Becomes Tomatoes" by Julie Fogliano; pictures by Julie Morstad; Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press; 54 pages; $19.
This charming book begins when spring does, March 20, with a snow-covered tree and ...Read more
The perfect toddler tale is not only entertaining enough for parents and kids but also offers some help within -- encouragement for potty training, a lesson in giving up the binky, an introduction to Mama's growing belly. These small books broach those topics and more.
"I Use the Potty" by Maria van Lieshout; Chronicle Books; 24 pages; $9.99....Read more
April is National Poetry Month, a smart time to remind young readers of the joys and creative expression involved in poetry. One book is a unique group of poems about the power of music; the others are zesty rhyming tales for youngsters. These make incredible introductions to poetry.
"Jazz Day: The Making of Famous Photography" by Roxanne ...Read more
Who says bunnies and chicks have to be only celebrated in March and April? These adorable and funny tales make great read-aloud books any time of year.
"That's Not Bunny!" by Chris Barton; pictures by Colin Jack; Disney/Hyperion; 40 pages; $16.99.
Just like Wile E. Coyote, shifty Hawk swoops down unexpectedly to try to snag his prey -- not a...Read more
Picture books for very young children are plentiful, but are they all worth your time? Most are, but these are especially fun, vivid and action-packed, and one contains a very important message.
"I am Bear" by Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz; Candlewick Press; 38 pages; $15.99.
There aren't that many children's books starring bare purple ...Read more
These new highly regarded young adult reads bypass age restrictions and will appeal greatly to all ages -- even adults who may feel above and beyond teen books.
"The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire" by Daniel Kraus; Simon & Schuster; 656 pages; $18.99.
Starring an unforgettable edgy teenage voice named ...Read more
So many thrilling adventures have been written about the sea and sailing. These are a few new ocean-faring, and in one case fog-faring, tales for young readers.
"The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower -- or John Howland's Good Fortune" by P.J. Lynch; Candlewick Press; 64 pages; $17.99.
Tales of the Mayflower's perils and of pilgrims shouldn't be...Read more
Climate Change, Land Use and Monetary Policy: The New TrifectaGeraldine Perry
Drawing on the work of independent thinkers, economists, scientists and historical evidence going back thousands of years, this book challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other unsettled questions. It is misguided land use policies, particularly in the ...
These innovative, creative new books will inspire kids to use their imaginations, have fun and learn new things.
"The Forest Feast for Kids" by Erin Gleeson; Abrams Publishing; 112 pages; $19.95.
More and more children these days are opting to be vegetarians. Parents worry, though, about whether all their nutritional needs can be met without...Read more
Help young readers understand the past with these tales of strength and perseverance. From the 40th anniversary release of a classic to the story of Selma to a fun book of poetry, these books pay homage to American heroes.
"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor; Dial/Penguin; 276 pages; $18.99.
40 years ago, Mildred D. Taylor ...Read more