Today's book selections are for the kids. (Now that I'm working in an elementary library, I have found that things I loved to read as a kid (Richard Peck, Beverly Cleary, and Susan Beth Pfeffer) aren't necessarily what kids want to read now. (Disclaimer: Peck and Pfeffer are still writing today, but the books they write now are vastly different than the books they wrote then...Are You in the House Alone, anyone?)
So I am taking a look at contemporary books for kids from 5-13. These are picture books, early reader "chapter" books, and middle grades fiction.
I have two middle grades books for review today: Nuts to You and Audrey (cow).
Audrey, the cow with the poetic soul, plans to escape the farm with the help of her animal friends so that she could avoid the same fate as her mother. Their careful planning leads Audrey into the woods, where life as a refugee is difficult.
This charming story is told by a variety of characters, including a few humans. The short snippets make it easy to find a "stopping place" and the story shows the power of creativity and perseverance.
Lynne Rae Perkins is one of my favorite YA authors, and her Criss Cross was a favorite of my 8th grade girls. I was excited to see Nuts to You in our library.
Ms. Perkins did not disappoint. The book is a great read-aloud (maybe for upper elementary?) and the story is about making and keeping friends, even the ones with a thick Canadian accent. (Or maybe it's Wisconsin?) The illustrations are cute, and the idea of squirrel communities even cuter.
The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home are the award-winning books by Drew Daywalt, with illustrations by the amazing Oliver Jeffers. Y'all, these are just so darn cute and funny! The illustrations will be fun for the wee folk, and the text is laugh-out-loud for older kids. (It's definitely a read-aloud, as the text is written 'in crayon' and not easy-to-read type. Older kids (4th and 5th grade) can read alone, but adults shouldn't miss out on the fun!
Next time, I'll be back with some grown-up books. Until then, happy reading!!