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Monday, April 27, 2020

New Books To Check Out This Spring and Summer


Today I have a great list of books to keep readers entertained and educated this spring and summer...


Fun, Educational Books and Activities To Keep Kids Entertained

Cool Math: 50 Fantastic Facts For Kids Of All Ages 
By Tracie Young 
March 3, 2020 
Pavilion Books 

Inside this mega-jam-packed book are fifty fact-tastic ways to advance your math skills so you'll never be outnumbered by numbers again! 

From core curriculum techniques such as multiplying multiples to calculating calculus and probability and division, right through to working out tricky statistics, formulas, and equations in or outside of the classroom, Cool Math will help you work your way out of everyday situations in a way that you'll never forget. 

This lively, engaging book is illustrated throughout to help bring math to life, and topics include how to tip, how to work out the distance of a storm, Fibonacci sequences, cracking codes, and many more! From simple multiplication to complex calculus, math has never been easier. With the Cool Math approach, it's fun to learn and easy to remember, but difficult to forget! 

This little book makes math fun! Through easily understood text and information, Tracie Young introduces readers to wide array of mathematical concepts, ideas, formulas, and more. Readers will not only have fun exploring this book, but will learn many tools to keep their math skills sharp!


Build A Castle: 64 Slot-together cards for creative fun 
Paul Farrell 
April 7, 2020 
Pavillion Books 

Turrets, ramparts, windows, walls, and more--create your own medieval masterpiece with the first in a new series of graphic-designed building cards. 

This pack contains sixty-four cards (4 x 2¾ inches) of a variety of graphic designs. Clever paper engineering allows you to slot the cards together, building up and out in whichever way you like! Also included is a short ten-page booklet, with descriptions of the card designs and suggestions of stacking methods. The instructions tell you how to build a castle, or you can let your imagination run riot and design your own! 

Renowned illustrator Paul Farrell has designed these cards in his bold, colorful graphic style--turning the image of a castle into a work of art. 

Readers will have a blast learning all about castles, while making their own with this super fun and neat hands on learning kit! Build A Castle teaches kids all about the architecture of castles and gives them the tools and materials to build a wide variety of their own.


Picture Books Perfect for Celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day

Welcome To Your World 
By Smriti Prasadam-Halls 
Illustrated by Jaime Kim 
March 10, 2020 
Candlewick Press 

Traverse the animal kingdom for a gorgeous celebration of the joys of a new baby -- and the pleasure of introducing that baby to the wide world -- in the perfect gift for new parents. 

Welcome, little baby, 
round your mama curled. 
Welcome, little baby. 
Welcome to your world. 

With lyrical language and stunning illustrations, Welcome to Your World takes readers from ice-capped mountains to the depths of the sea. Tender scenes between animals and their babies encourage families to join in the loving bond that connects them to one another and to the wonders of our planet. This beautiful book is ideal for sharing with new babies, new parents, and children just venturing out in the world, as best-selling author Smriti Prasadam-Halls and acclaimed illustrator Jaime Kim provide both a celebration of nature and a gentle reminder to protect it. 

Smriti Prasadam-Halls' tenderly sweet rhymes and Jaime Kim's lush, dreamy illustrations combine to create this breathtakingly lovely picture book that celebrates parental love, nature, and family. A moving, beautiful tale!


Don’t Worry Little Crab 
By Christ Haughton 
April 7, 2020 
Candlewick Press 

From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new. 

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in? With vivid colors, bold shapes, and his trademark visual humor, Chris Haughton shows that sometimes a gentle “don’t worry, I’m here” can keep tentative little crabs sidestepping ahead — and help them discover the brilliant worlds that await when they take the plunge. 

Chris Haughton's simple, yet completely captivating text and vibrantly colored collage-like illustrations make Don't Worry Little Crab a joyful, giggle-inducing reading experience. Crab may be little, but this delightful book has BIG heart!


Baby Clown 
By Kara LaReau 
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell 
April 14, 2020 
Candlewick Press 

An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist introduce an adorable new circus star -- who won't stop wailing! 

When Frieda and Boffo Clown have a baby, everyone in the circus is over the moon. But there is just one problem: Baby Clown won't stop crying! Frieda and Boffo try everything: putting on their silliest faces, driving him around in their tiny car. They even try taking off his red nose and big shoes. But that just makes Baby Clown cry more. Can Frieda and Boffo turn his little clown frown upside down in time for the sold-out show? Kara LaReau deftly juggles wit and warmth in this hilarious nod to parental persistence, while Matthew Cordell's big-top-bright illustrations bring Baby Clown and his circus family to humorously frazzled life. Older siblings, in particular, will step right up to this applause-worthy picture book, joining Baby Clown in many a heartfelt "WAAAAH!" 

Baby Clown is a laugh-out-loud, endearing picture book full of sweet watercolor illustrations, neat surprises, and big laughs. Will delight and charm little readers!



**Disclaimer: I received copies of the titles above from Pavilion Books and Candlewick Press for review and feature purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own.