Media Reviews: Books for Kids
Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Footprints at the Shore by Susan Wood
This picture book follows children as they explore the many animal footprints along the shoreline at the beach. The rhyming text features exciting new adjectives for little ones, along with some great animal nouns. The story is accessible for beginning readers excited about animals and more advanced readers looking for more focused STEM content. Back-of-the-book content highlights how to identify footprints and animals in many habitats. FOR AGES 3-8
Fly by Nathan Clement
With clear, bright illustrations and easy-to-follow text, this juvenile nonfiction title reads like a picture book and is ideal for any little one about to take their first plane ride. The story follows a family through their plane ride, starting with the boarding gate and moving through the baggage crew, pilots, ground crew, control tower, flight attendants and landing crew. It also includes a great vocabulary section. It would be an excellent title to pick for little one’s first air travel or for children interested in airports or planes. FOR AGES 3-8
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Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World by Ben Handicott
In beautiful detail, this large juvenile nonfiction work provides bird’s-eye visuals of some of the great wonders of the world. From this striking perspective, readers can engage with each page and experience the places. Small insets, maps and other visual cues allow for an incredible amount of information on a visually dynamic field. A personal favorite of mine was Chichén Itzá, for the almost-photographic detail. This books demands perusal. FOR AGES 8-12
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Adventure awaits for Coyote Sunrise and her dad, Rodeo. Living on a school bus and escaping the “real world,” Coyote and her dad live a life with no attachments. That is, until Coyote adopts a kitten, and the changes to their life begin. A fun book for avid readers, it contains literary references throughout. Behind the fun, however, is a moving story about grief, loss and how we keep our loved ones close. FOR AGES 8-12
Road Tripped by Pete Hautman
A classic road-trip book is given a new spin in this character-driven work. Protagonist Stiggy hits the road after losing his father to suicide. It doesn’t help that his mother is consumed by her grief and his girlfriend has skipped town. Along his journey, Stiggy encounters characters that force him to look at life and his journey, both literally and metaphorically. This book balances humor in sadness with a darkness that will appeal to teens (and anyone) dealing with that complicated thing called growing up. FOR TEENS
Sago Mini Road Trip: The Best Ride Ever
If your little one loves playing cars, this is the app for you. The app features a character, Jinja, as she visits her friends. Players can pick from six destinations, pack for their trip, choose a car, clean and fuel the car, and see a variety of landscapes on the way to their destination. For most parents, one of the highlights will be that there are no ads or in-app purchases. It is a sweet, easy-to-use game that has no time limits and is a great resource for any long travel day. The app is suitable for all ages, but best for ages 3-8. Available for Android, iOS and Amazon.
Lauren Lancaster is the youth services supervisor of the South High Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.