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The Angle, April 2019 – Book Review

The Week of the Young Child reminds us to celebrate the important milestones that are happening in our children’s lives. To make the week memorable, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has designated activity-oriented themes for each day of the week! To put a fun spin on our book picks this month, Child360 selected one book per day to coordinate with each theme. Whether it’s “Music Monday”, “Tasty Tuesday”, all the way through “Family Friday”, we know you will have a blast bringing each of these themes to life!


For Preschool and Beyond

MUSIC MONDAY

Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

by John Lithgow, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez (Simon & Schuster $19.99) Age 2-7

Yes, that John Lithgow: the actor and musician also writes kids’ books, including this zany tale about a little boy bored by a concert until a menagerie of nearby animals burst from their cages to take over the stage (or was it all a dream?) Includes a CD of the catchy sing-a-long song performed by Lithgow and friends. (Music Monday, April 8th)


TASTY TUESDAY

Little Chef

by Matt Stine and Elisabeth Weinberg, illustrated by Paige Keiser (Feiwel & Friends $17.99) Age 2-6

Little Lizzie has boundless energy and a passion for cooking, as we see in this whirlwind story of her day preparing Grandma’s favorite meal. The book does an excellent job inspiring young chefs and includes a preschool-friendly recipe complete with timeless real-world tips from reality show “Chopped!” champion Weinberg. (Tasty Tuesday, April 9th)


WORK TOGETHER WEDNESDAY

Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery

by David Gordon (Simon & Schuster $17.99) Age 3-7

After bullies repeatedly destroy their sand castles, cartoon-cute Karen and her equally endearing friends bring in bulldozers, helicopters and steel beams to build a fully equipped amusement park, ultimately welcoming their former bullies to play together in a story of inclusiveness and empowerment. (Work Together Wednesday, April 10th)


ARTSY THURSDAY

Blue Rider

by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood $19.95) Age 4-8

Inspired by German Expressionists, who found meaning in form and color, this wordless picture book—the story of a child, an illustrated horse, and the power of art to transform a dreary ordinary day—will spur plenty of conversation about inspiration, interpretation and creativity. (Artsy Thursday, April 11th)


FAMILY FRIDAY

Baby Day

by Jane Godwin and Davina Bell, pictures by Freya Blackwood (Atheneum $17.99) Age 1-3

Featuring a diverse cast of babies and their families, this endearing read-aloud picture book presents a festive first-birthday party, while touching on many of the feelings and reactions children experience throughout the day. (Family Friday, April 12th)


Note: Age recommendations are based upon publisher guidelines and parent feedback. Prices are publisher’s list; discounts are usually available.

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