Media Reviews: Books for Kids

Geni Randle
Winter Dance

WINTER DANCE by Marion Dane Bauer

The winter wind begins to blow. A single snowflake falls on a young fox's nose. But he has never seen snow before, and he's not sure where to go. Told in lyrical prose, young readers follow the fox as he asks his forest friends for advice, and along the way learns what each creature does during the winter season. Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer crafts a cozy story filled with wondrous fun facts. FOR AGES 4-7

WONDERFUL WINTER by Bruce Goldstone

Ohio-born Bruce Goldstone has created one of the best nonfiction books about the wonderments of winter. This is a good reference book, with photos that little fingers can point to and interesting facts that follow. But along with all the science are fun pages about winter holidays, foods and sports. The final pages provide instructions for six easy crafts, including how to make fake snow, indoor glitter icicles and everyone's favorite, paper snowflakes. Little ones will ask to cozy up on big laps with this book over and over again.FOR AGES 4-8


It's never too early to expose young readers to graphic novels, and author Jeffrey Brown is the perfect author with whom to do so. Not only are his illustrations and storylines hilariously awesome, but he also incorporates facts about historical events. His latest book in the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series brings back the ancient siblings as they deal with the pressures of living in a small cave with a family of harmonious humans. Lucy and Andy use quick-witted puns and “paleo pranks” that complement the straight-laced narrative of present-day scientists who explain the reality of living in the Ice Age.FOR AGES 7-12

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

As a child, Liesl was a classical music prodigy whose greatest songs were inspired by her daydreams of meeting and marrying the charming Goblin King. As she got older and started taking care of her siblings, she grew bitter and less interested in fairy tales—until the day goblins kidnapped her sister. In order to find the Goblin King and save her sister, Liesl must start believing in the fairy tales and the song within herself.“ Wintersong” is the perfect book for teens seeking a fantastical romantic escape from the cold outside.FOR TEENS



Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's your kids making comics! Superhero Comic Book Maker allows users to build comic strips, create catchphrases and narrate a story. Kids choose from 27 different scenes or use their own photos as a background. They then create a character, or choose from featured characters such as alien monsters, Super Dog or Captain Banana Man. Once the scene is created, kids can record voices and sounds to create a story. While this app is labeled for ages 5 and older, my 3-year-old loves moving around all the stickers, so it could be considered all-ages. It is available for free on iTunes.

Geni Randle is a librarian at Main Library, part of the Columbus Metropolitan Library system.