Media Reviews: Books for Kids

Heather Rech
This Is It

This Is It by Daria Peoples-Riley

An upcoming audition starts to make a young ballerina doubt her skills, but then her shadow springs to life to remind her of her wonderful talents. This is an inspirational book for a young dancer or anyone who needs to be reminded of the power of their inner voice. The bright and whimsical illustrations make you feel like you’re dancing along the streets of New York City, too. FOR AGES 3-12

My First Book of Baseball by Beth Bugler

Take your family out to the ballgame this summer and don’t forget to bring this book for your littlest fan. Everything from strikes, foul balls and home runs are explained with a combination of MLB game photography and fun graphics. On every page, readers will find a little illustrated rookie player interacting with the reader with funny baseball dialogue. FOR AGES 3-8

King of the Bench: Comeback Kid by Steve Moore

Steve is just a regular kid in middle school who has found himself on the sidelines once again after joining the Mighty Plumbers basketball team. He might not score the most points or be the most athletic, but his super-secret sideline ritual is sure to win the game. This is Volume 4 in the King of the Bench series written by “In the Bleachers” cartoonist Steve Moore, and is a slam dunk series for fans of Timmy Failure and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. FOR AGES 8-12

Digging Deep by Jake Maddox

Asiyah has always enjoyed playing on the recreational volleyball team with her friends, so she joins them when they sign up for the traveling team. But now, volleyball doesn’t seem as fun as it used to, and Asiyah finds herself at a crossroads. Will she quit volleyball or dig deep and find her place on this new team? This fast-paced story of discipline, drive and teamwork is part of a wonderfully inclusive series of Jake Maddox stories that highlights sports and the diverse girls who play them. FOR AGES 8-12

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

This suspenseful young adult romance centers on Peyton Rios, an injured high school soccer star who suddenly leaves Washington, D.C., for a new start with her uncle and cousins in a small southern town. Her injury and quick departure have people questioning what really happened. Will people believe her? This is a relatable story for teens everywhere about rising above your fears and holding on to what’s important. FOR TEENS



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Heather Rech is the Youth Services Information Services Specialist at the Karl Road Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.


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