The top 10 new kids books for spring 2014, part 1
By Aimee Heckel
We took a stack of new children’s book straight to the harshest critic of all: 4-year-old Bettie Anne, of Northern Colorado. We read them to her over the course of several weeks, and she determined her top 10 favorites.
Based on her completely unexplained yet stubbornly unwavering criteria, here are the top 10 new kids book to pick up this spring:
1. Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin. This is everyone’s favorite story to read; Mom and Dad enjoy it just as much as little Bettie. That’s because it’s hilarious. It’s well written, with a unique story, great pacing, plenty of silliness — and written in such a way that your kid will just have to jump right up and act it out, as you read. Somehow we never get sick of this one. Believe that or not.
2. Joone, by Emily Kate Moon. This sweet book is a reminder to cherish life’s simple joys. It’s the kind of book you will read a thousand times and keep in the hope chest, as a reminder of those sweet days you used to read nighttime stories together. This book’s voice is beautiful innocence and love. Completely heartwarming.
3. Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora. This is an African spin on that Old MacDonald song that kids love so much. Only this version features exciting, exotic animals, like zebras and lions, and it’s set in Africa. It’s educational, international and yet approachable, because it’s set to the pace of a song everyone knows.
4. I Know a Wee Piggy, by Kimberly E. Norman. A perfectly delightful book to help younger children recognize colors, and then help older children learn to read. Other than the silly plot, which follows a pig getting messy as he runs through town and the fairgrounds, the best part of this book is the repetition (great for learning and memorization) and the colored words, which make reading easy. We’ll be reading this one for years.
5. Cuckoo, by Fiona Robertson. This book, just released in February (in time for Easter), is best for its excellent illustrations. The storyline itself is secondary to the fun bird sounds you can make throughout. An easy one for young readers to memorize.
Catch the other five of the top 10 new kids books soon!
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