Children’s Books Reviews

Witches of Brooklyn
By Sophie Escabasse

I cannot recall where I heard about this, although, something tells me, it was from the BookPage magazine. This is a graphic novel, but I wanted to put it under the children’s section on my page, since I mostly read and review adult graphic novels. This was an enjoyable and fun read for this adult! I am sure I would have enjoyed this book as a child as well! Loved the characters – a grump, an optimist and a spunky little girl. Cute!

Sarah Plain and Tall
By Patricia MacLachlan

I remember hating this book as a child. That is probably due to the fact that it was assigned reading. I could never enjoy assigned reading. Not to mention, I was much more interested in fun books, like anything by Roald Dahl or the Boxcar Children mysteries. Reading this as an adult though, I actually enjoyed it. I guess when you are a child, you cannot appreciate simplicity. I so enjoyed the children’s personalities and their affection for Sarah. But what struck me most was what Sarah said about winter – “we can draw sparkling pictures and we can see our breath in the air. Papa builds a warm fire, and we bake hot biscuits and put on hundreds of sweaters.” How I miss seeing the world as a child.

Dr Seuss’ Horse Museum
Illustrated by Andrew Joyner

I was delighted to stumble upon this. Recently published (2019), this book shows children how to understand and appreciate art, which of course, is right up my alley! All the kids in my family are getting this for Christmas!! This book was based upon a previously unpublished manuscript by Dr. Seuss. It feels kind of weird knowing it may not have been meant for publication (like the Harper Lee debacle with Go Set a Watchman) but I still loved it.

Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I can’t remember reading this as a child. I feel like, perhaps, I was put off by it being a classic. I also never found gardens very magical. But I sure do as an adult. Guess it takes a while to acquire taste. This book was charming and lovely. I downloaded it to my Kindle. And I instantly regretted not reading the print copy for the illustrations!

Other Words For Home
by Jasmine Warga

Here’s a lovely, coming of age book for children. It was quite enjoyable. We should make American children read this book, so they understand how lucky they are to live in the U.S.A.

Uni the Unicorn
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Moral of this story kids – never stop believing because someone out there believes in you. What a great book. I loved the illustrations.

Shhh! I’m Reading
by John Kelly

Adorable. Perfect. Love the twist at the end.

Sea Sirens
by Amy Chu

Here is a lovely graphic novel for children. What a great, fun underwater adventure! Really enjoyed it. Kind of wish this were a series!

Just Read
by Lori Degman

I really, truly enjoyed this children’s book. Sometimes it is the simple things that count. And in this book, the simple thing is the joy of reading. Not just reading at home but everywhere in the real world and a world of imagination! Degman’s book is full of simple rhymes and gorgeous illustrations. What better book than one which encourages children to discover the joy of reading?! Read this to your children and you will have a bookworm in the making!

Prince & Knight
by Daniel Haack

My coworkers are really broadening my horizons, especially with children’s books. As Pride month approaches, I’ve been reading LGBTQIA+ books for children. I wonder how parents these days explain to children about their feelings and the way they should be (themselves of course)! This book kind of blew me away. Sure it is easy to write a book about two boys falling in love. But, I love the fact that the author took the traditional fairy tale of the prince/princess and broke the stuffy old rules about boys falling in love with girls and vice versa!

You’re Here For a Reason
by Nancy Tillman

I heard about this book at work. Our Youth Librarian chose this book for an upcoming StoryWalk  in our community. This is one of the most beautiful, inspiring children’s books I have ever read. I loved it so much I actually wrote down a few lines from it and displayed it in my office. Funny how as adults, we can still learn from children’s books.

The Blue Heron
by Isabelle Simler

Filled with simple words accompanied by with lovely illustrations. SO gorgeous.

The Good Egg
by Jory John

I LOVE THIS CHILDREN’S BOOK. Yes that is right, it is so good it is worth writing in CAPS. The illustrations are so fun. This might be my biography. We even look similar. Seriously….

It Ain’t So Awful Falafel
by Firoozeh Dumas

Great kid’s book recommended by my young cousin. Really enjoyed it.

Julian is a Mermaid
by Jessica Love

A colorful, fun and fabulous children’s book.

Because of Anya
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A story about a young girl with Alopecia. A GREAT read for anyone. Take it from me! I have been there!

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The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey

Fans of Palacio’s Wonder will enjoy this book. This is a children’s novel about a preteen named Shane, who in the beginning of the novel, we assume is a boy. Later in the book we learn he was born a girl. Throughout the book he faces some tough choices and shows his peers what it means to stay true to what you believe.


by Sharon Creech

OBSESSED! This is a children’s chapter book. It’s the story of two young children whose family moves from the big city to small town Maine. The children meet their rather peculiar, elderly neighbor with whom they will eventually spend lots of time. At first they are frightened of her but soon they will learn how important she is and she (and her cow) will change their lives.

by R.J. Palacio

This book has been on the New York Times best seller list for kids for quite some time. It was such a beautiful book for kids. The main character has a significant facial deformity and the story tells of how he and his school mates deal with it. Coming from someone who had Alopecia at a young age, and dealt with her share of peer teasing, I really appreciated this book.