Aileen Stewart, author of the Fern Valley book series, has a new picture book! Quack and Daisy is her charming story about overcoming family differences. Quack, a duckling, and Daisy, a kitten, meet in the meadow where they decide to introduce each other to their respective families. Both families discourage Quack and Daisy’s new friendship based on obvious differences.
This somewhat Romeo and Juliet story shows how diverse friendships are made through acceptance and understanding. Simple text, adorable characters, and colorful illustrations will captivate young readers. The diversity and acceptance message could be used in classrooms too!
Don’t miss this heartfelt story that families, students, and teachers will enjoy reading together.
Mark Wayne Adams is an award-winning illustrator, author, and publisher of more than 40 children’s books. View Books and Awards
Website(s): www.markwayneadams.com, www.mwa.company
Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR! is a delightful story, describing the anxiety expressed by six-year-old Sabrina who is plagued by curly, unruly hair. She experiences daily annoyance as she gets ready for school each morning, because she can’t tame her wild curls. Haunted by a comment her mother once made, Sabrina wonders if there could actually be dinosaurs hiding in her ringlets.
Author Jayne Rose-Vallee tells Sabrina’s story through rhyming text, giving the story an engaging narration. The book is beautifully illustrated, capturing Sabrina’s frustration—showing her with her hands on her hips in annoyance, looking angrily in the mirror, and revealing a scrunched up face as her mother combs out her tangles. Young girls will especially enjoy this whimsical story.
Teachers, parents, and grandparents can make the story more meaningful by discussing how the illustrations reinforce what the words are saying, and how the pictures effectively portray Sabrina’s feelings. Introducing pre-school and early elementary youngsters to reading skills like these will help prepare them for many of the literacy activities they will be doing in school.
Jane R. Wood is the author of Schools: A Niche Market for Authors and an award-winning series of chapter books: Voices in St. Augustine, Adventures on Amelia Island, Trouble on the St. John’s River, Ghosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.
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Hardbound ISBN: 978-1-59616-017-0
Retail Price: $14.95
The parts of speech come magically alive as they participate in a colorful New York City Parade! Each presents and defines itself as it marches down the street and through a child’s imagination.
Illustrated by Anni Mastick
Hardbound Retail Price: $17.99
Sabrina has curly hair and a problem. Tangles and knots make her mornings difficult. Try as she might . . . To make her hair “cool,” . . . . The curls make it tricky . . . To comb out for school. At the top of her head . . . Where it’s simply a mess . . . Do creatures hide out there? . . . The answer is YES! Rose-Vallee’s whimsical rhymes combined with the beautiful watercolor illustrations from Anni Matsick make this a children’s book not to be missed! A Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) 2015 President’s Book Award Finalist for Poetry and Book Cover Design.
Lost in Boston
Written by Jane R. Wood
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99
The Johnson family is traveling to new places again. This time, they fly to Boston and Jennifer Johnson wants her kids to experience some of the town’s history while there. Taking a subway ride for the first time, sampling new foods, and exploring impressive landmarks—like the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and the USS Constitution anchored in Boston Harbor—add fun and discovery to this family adventure.