Media Reviews: Books for Kids

Morgan Routson

Baby Animals by Dawn Sirett

This interactive board book supports foundational literacy skills through bright photographs, simple text and texture. Little ones will use their fingers to trace colorful, tactile trails—an action that develops prewriting skills?—while learning about different baby animals through simple text. A book that can be read again and again,Baby Animals encourages children to engage, ask questions and develop a love for reading.For Ages 0-3

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

This picture book takes a deeper look into a seemingly simple story of a cat on a walk around the neighborhood. Creative illustrations celebrate curiosity, with interpretations depicting distinct perspectives. While animals are looking at the same cat, each experiences it uniquely. Children will explore different viewpoints from high in the sky to deep underground and learn something new about the world around them. For Ages 3-7

Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen

A story shared between the voices of a young boy, Peter, and a fox, this chapter book touches on the connection between children and animals. When Peter's father enlists in the Army, the boy must say goodbye to his fox companion, Pax. Affected deeply by the loss and the state of the world around them, both boy and fox find the intrinsic inner strength to thrive. Klassen's compelling illustrations add to Pennypacker's tenderhearted voice weaving together the complexities of life and love.For Ages 8-12

Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The Worldby Rachel Ignotofsky

Smart illustrations and in-depth vignettes highlight 50 important women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from across history. This nonfiction book profiles world-renowned figures, including chemist Marie Curie, in addition to lesser-known pioneers such as botanist Mary Agnes Chase. Teens will enjoy learning about the major contributions to science made by women and be inspired to explore STEM subjects themselves.For Ages 13-18


Bookflix: Animals And Natureby Scholastic

BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with nonfiction counterparts, introducing children to new worlds of knowledge. The Animals and Nature section features 47 pairs of books from which little ones will build literacy skills. New vocabulary words are highlighted, defined and spoken, and children also have the option to have the whole book read aloud. Interactive links to puzzles and outside resources build on interest and encourage further exploration. The site is available free to card holders under the Research tab on the Columbus Metropolitan Library website, Ages 5-8

Morgan Routson, Information Services Specialist, Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library