Girls Who Code: Baby Code! series
by Sandra Horning
illustrated by Melissa Crowton
There are 4 books in the series: Play, Music, Art and Baby Code. They are board books so sturdy enough for infants and young toddlers to have. The pictures are simple, bold and colorful. The sentences are simple 1 sentence per page. My husband who is a coder really thought the idea was cool and wished they had been around when our bookworms were little so he could have read these instead of the tongue twisting books they loved. 🙂 For me I liked the regular story parts but really think the code part was more for parents, especially parents that work in coding and programming. The coding part explains what is happening on the page and how it is used in every day living and activities. I found it interesting but not sure if I’d read that part if it was reading the book aloud. The Baby Code book explains coding a bit better. Some examples: Baby needs a nap, code tells computer to go to sleep. Overall I think it’s a cute board book series but the coding part in my mind is way over the babies, toddler and preschool bookworms heads. Maybe it’s just me my husband starts to explain something from work and I’m lost. I get science and math but coding always trips me up. I think these would be a great gift for a new baby who’s mom, dad or both are programmers. They would really love the series.
About the series: It’s never too early to get little ones interested in computer coding with this unique series of board books!
How do you explain coding in art to a baby? By showing how it’s all around them, and how they can take part in it, of course! By using items in a baby’s world, like a camera or a block made from a 3D printer, this charming board book full of bright, colorful illustrations is the perfect introduction to coding in art for babies and their caregivers–and is sure to leave them wanting to learn more!
Thank you Penguin Random House for sending the Baby Code! series. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.
written and illustrated by Mark Hoffman
Fruit Bowl is informative and does a good job at explaining what makes a fruit and fruit. At one point in the book I was surprised at one of the fruits that I always thought was a veggie. This book really shows the reader and listener just how many “veggies” are not really veggies but as the book says: Fruits in disguise. Fruit Bowl is a great book to read during the summer before heading out to the farmers market or before planting your own fruit and vegetable plants. I could see teachers using this in a seasonal unit – healthy eating unit – or fruits and vegetable unit. The dialogue is fast and witty many of the puns will go over a younger reader/listener but will not take away from the book. They will think they are funny while the reader (parent or teacher) will really think they are funny. I thought the fruit and vegetable heated debate between all of the fruit bowl being done in bubble text form was a great idea. Not only does it make the dialogue seem more like a conversation among the fruits and veggies but also introduces the reader/listener to graphic novel text and other ways to present a story line and dialogue. The colorful simple illustrations are spot on and make your eyes really take it all in. Grab a copy of Fruit Bowl this summer and have some fun reading and maybe even trying a new fruit to add to your fruit bowl at home.
About the book: Who belongs in the fruit bowl? Apples, check. Blueberries, check. Tomato, che— Wait, what?! Tomato wants to join the other fruits, but does he belong? The perfect mix of botany and a bunch of bananas!
All the fruit are in the bowl. There’s Apple and Orange. Strawberry and Peach. Plum and Pear. And, of course, Tomato.
Now wait just a minute! Tomatoes aren’t fruit! Or are they? Using sly science (and some wisdom from a wise old raisin), Tomato proves all the fruit wrong and shows that he belongs in the bowl just as much as the next blueberry! And he’s bringing some unexpected friends too!
Thank you Knopf Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy of Fruit Bowl. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Kristen Mahoney
I have never read a middle grade book or any book really done up in this format. As the title says it is all about Annie’s Life in Lists. The whole book is done up as individual list, instead of chapters. Maybe it’s because the idea is such a new one of a kind concept or maybe it’s because I’m a daily list maker but I really enjoyed this book so much. I really felt like I got to know Annie even though I was reading everything in all these different list and some paragraphs thrown in for good measure and further detail. I saw a little bit of myself in Annie as a kid and even now. I was extremely shy (not so much anymore ) , I have a photographic memory (which drives people batty sometimes at the things I remember). She is starting a new school in a new town and she is nervous. I remember that feeling all to well. I think this is one we all feel even if we are still in same town. You have to start new schools eventually when you go to middle and high school. This book is a great book for any 6th grader that is getting ready to start a new chapter in their life and are a bit nervous. Annie, her family and friends will become new friends. The characters and story line are fun, engaging and fully developed. Annie’s Life in List is a must read this summer, I know my soon to be 7th grader really liked it and gifted the copy to her 6th grade center librarian. If you are looking for a book to get your middle grade reader and they loved Judy Moody and Ramona than Kristen Mahoney’s book is perfect for them. Grab Annie’s Life in List and make it a reading day!
About the book: Annie’s a shy fifth grader with an incredible memory and a love of making lists. It helps her keep track of things when they can seem a little out of control, like her family, her friends, and her life in a new place.
1. An incredible memory (really, it’s almost photographic) that can get her in trouble
2. A desire to overcome her shyness
3. A brother who is mad at her because he thinks she is the reason they had to move to Clover Gap, population 8,432.
4. A best friend who she is (almost) certain will always be her best friend.
5. New classmates, some of whom are nicer than others.
6. A rocky start finding her place in her new home.
Annie’s Life in Lists introduces a sweet new voice that finds that even amid the chaos of everyday life, it’s important to put things in order.
Thank you Alfred A Knopf and Penguin Random House for sending us a copy of Annie’s Life in List. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.
by David Covell
This book is such a beautiful picture book! I love the watercolor illustrations, they are soft but colorful and perfect for summer. Run Wild touches on all the fun summer activities you can do from running around barefoot outside. I know you can do that most seasons but for some reason summer seems to be the time more people do it. Playing outside from sun up to sun down. The hot sand beaches that make you do the little hop skip dance so your feet don’t get to hot. Run Wild also touches on the intense summer storms that can pop up unannounced and dump rain on you. Everyone knows that summer rain brings fun puddles for splashing as well as frogs, snails and slugs. This picture book was like reliving my girls summer’s when they were little. This sweet picture book is perfect for a seasonal book unit, shelf, or story time. The first day of summer is coming up in just a few weeks (June 21), this would be a great book to read and you can create your own Run Wild summer fun list.
About the book: Get back to nature in this gorgeous sunlit filled book that celebrates the joy of being outdoors.“Hey, you! Sky’s blue!” a girl shouts as she runs by the window of a boy bent over his digital device. Intrigued, the boy runs out after her, leaving his shoes (and phone) behind, and into a world of sunshine, dewey grass, and warm sand. Filled with the pleasures of being alive in the natural world, Run Wild is an exquisite and kid-friendly reminder of how wonderful life can be beyond doors and screens.
I love wordless books because you can decide what each illustration is saying. Many times I used wordless picture books in my PreK (5-year-old) room when I was a teacher. They would write what they thought the story was about and it was already illustrated. They always had so much fun we would change the book up bi-weekly. I wish I Walk with Vanessa was around when I did this. This story is so sweet and touching. Vanessa is having a hard time making she is being bullied and is sad and mad and frustrated all at once. She doesn’t know how to make the situation better she is little and she shouldn’t have to experience this. Just when she thinks there is no hope of things getting better a simple act of kindness happens. A classmate ask Vanessa to walk to school with her. Throughout the book you see how this 1 simple act blossomed into more acts of kindness. This book is about acceptance, kindness and standing up for those who are being bullied! This is a MUST have picture book for homes and classrooms. Gift a teacher with a copy as an end of year gift or new school year gift. Grab a copy for your own bookworms at your local library or bookstore and open up the discussion of being kind and accepting.
This sweet picture book was inspired by a true story: Inspired by a Baylor University student who was escorted to class by 300 of her classmates after she was bullied the day before, this timeless, profound, feel-good story addresses themes of kindness and acceptance, acting as a call to action to even the youngest of children to stand up for what they know is right.
About the Book: This simple yet powerful picture book tells the story of an elementary school girl named Vanessa who is bullied and a fellow student who witnesses the act and is at first unsure of how to help. I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.
Thank you Schwartz and Wade and Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of I Walk with Vanessa. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Jill Esbuam
illustrated by Mike Boldt
This fun picture book is full of vibrant pictures that is sure to attract the youngest listener while reading this aloud. The story is simple and sweet making it perfect for toddlers through beginning readers. Follow a dinosaur family as they welcome a new sibling to the house. How To Grow A Dinosaur is a great big sibling book since dinosaurs appeal to both boys and girls alike. The author keeps it very real with what it’s like to have a new baby brother or sister from the screeching, burping, messy diapers and sleeping. She also talks about the big important job the big brother or sister has. They get to help teach their new little sibling the ropes. This book even goes into the toddler phase or tantrums, copy cat phase, stealing toys from bigger siblings and the all important one they don’t know what’s dangerous like big brother or sister. This book was a big hit with all the age groups I read it with and I can see why. It is such a cute story I wish it was around when my oldest was getting ready to become a big sister. Grab a copy or 2 or 3 and stick them back when you go to your next baby shower pop in a copy of this book for a big sibling gift!
about the book: Big brother dinosaur can’t wait to teach the new baby everything he knows in this funny, sweet, surprisingly practical “guide” for big siblings, from the celebrated artist of I Don’t Want to be a Frog
Good news: Your mom’s hatching a baby! Bad news: Babies take their sweet time. And when the baby finally hatches? He’s too little to play! He mostly screeches, eats, burps, sleeps, and poops. He doesn’t even know he’s a dinosaur! That’s where you come in. You can teach the baby just about everything—from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you’re perfect for it. Why? Because one thing your baby brother wants more than anything . . . is to be just like you.
Thank you so much Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of How To Grow A Dinosaur. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
written and illustrated by Harriet Muncaster
Half Fairy – Half Vampire – Total Ballerina
Isadora Moon is just like any other elementary student except her mom is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she has wings! She has a favorite stuffed animal she takes with her everywhere called Pink Rabbit. When I was little I had a little grey cat I called Mousie – don’t ask I was 2 when I named it 🙂 Isadora is in school and they are getting ready to go on a field trip to the ballet! Isadora adores the ballet, even performs daily ballet recitals for her family starting her and Pink Rabbit. Her dream is to be as good as Tatiana Tutu, she can’t believe her lucky stars that she gets to see her perform in Alice in Wonderland the ballet. The field trip doesn’t go off smoothly there are some bumps in the road. They arrive at the ballet only to lose Pink Rabbit. Isadora and her mom go looking for Pink Rabbit. Isadora finds the bunny but also runs in none other than Tatiana Tutu and she is injured. The ballet will not go on unless they find a ballerina who can play the role of white rabbit. What about Pink Rabbit? Pink Rabbit saves the day and Isadora gets a special surprise for her being such a great listener and willing to stop and help someone in need.
Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet is a great fast reading chapter book perfect for beginning readers or listener’s who are ready for longer stories. This series would be such a cute one for little girls from Pre-K to 3rd grade. The story line is sweet and shows great relations with family and friends. They are all accepting of Isadora even though she isn’t like them she is half fairy half vampire. The illustrations are black and white with shades of grey and pop’s of the color pink. Isadora Moon would be a great series to read aloud with your little bookworm. If you could find a pink rabbit that would make a wonderful addition to a gift of this adorable book series.
About the Book: Isadora Moon is special because she is different. But just like her other classmates, Isadora loves the ballet.
That’s why Isadora can’t wait for a field trip with her class to see the performance of Alice in Wonderland. Everything is totally normal. And then the curtain rises and Isadora’s special best friend, Pink Rabbit, is not in his seat. . .
Great Gift Idea for birthday or holiday or just because: Isadora Moon series and a pink rabbit stuffed animal
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Isadora Moon books
Pink Rabbit (this one would work)
Thank you so much Random House for sending me Isadora Moon goes to the Ballet. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.