The weekly post where I recap some of the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Ocasionally, I’ll also talk about some adult fiction books as well.
Oh my goodness, I cannot express how much my four-year-old son loved this book. We would read this three or four times in a row and he would belly laugh every single time. The little boy in the story paints vibrant designs all over his body until the only place left unpainted is his little butt. Of course, that is the part my kids found the most funny. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I love David Catrow’s art style. This is definitely a story that I enjoyed reading as a parent, which made the multiple re-readings much easier to bear. Highly recommend.
This book was so cute! I will pick up any book with monsters and this one did not disappoint. I felt like this was a fun and refreshing take on a message of acceptance and tolerance. The message that music and the arts can be a unifying force and a universal thing was great as well. The art is fun and vibrant. Definitely worth a read.
I initially picked this one up because I thought it would be one that my eleven-year-old daughter would enjoy (I was right). There was a lot to like about this graphic novel. The main character has a blog and begins reporting on potential dumping happening at the city lake. I like that she makes mistakes, learns how damaging gossip can be both for those involved, but also for her own reputation as a budding journalist. Although this story is fictional, I also learned a lot about how things were handled in Flint, Michigan as the author makes references. This would be a great starting point for talking about some of the current issues surrounding access to clean water here in the United States.
This is one that I read last fall, but never had a chance to review here on the blog. This was definitely one of my favorite YAs from last year. I love all things spooky and was super excited for this own voices story. Speculative fiction stories that feature diverse main characters are at the top of my TBR list. I loved how the story navigates being transgender and what that would mean within the traditional gender roles of a bruxa community. The romance is sweet and felt genuine. The story is just all around fantastic.