Media Reviews: Books for Kids

Laura Nawojchik
Wake Up!

WAKE UP! by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder

In their latest collaboration, Frost's poetry and Lieder's photography bring to life a world of the brand new. Seeds float, eggs hatch and baby creatures from tiny praying mantises to fluffy woodchucks take their first steps. Animal and plant names and brief notes are given for each photograph in a section at the back of the book. Sharing this book will make little ones want to go out into the world and explore it for themselves.FOR AGES 2-6

ROBINS! HOW THEY GROW UP by Eileen Christelow

In this wonderfully illustrated nonfiction picture book, two robin “teenagers” tell the story of their life thus far. Learn the details of how robins migrate, find a mate, build their nest and lay their eggs. Day by day, the babies are cared for until it is time for them to leave the nest and then learn their way around the world. The realities of nature are not sugar-coated—not all the eggs or all the baby robins will make it to adulthood. Share this book as a family, and even the grown-ups will learn something new about these familiar birds.FOR AGES 5-9


Winnie has an amazing treehouse, with everything from a mini-fridge to a mailbox, but it doesn't make up for her difficult family life. When Winnie's parents got divorced, they decided the only perfectly fair thing would be for her to spend three days a week with each of them, and every Wednesday alone in the treehouse. After a year, her parents' ultracompetitive ways have gotten so out of control that Winnie retreats to her treehouse full time until they make changes. There, she is joined by nine classmates, each with parental demands of their own, for an epic sleepover and showdown.FOR AGES 8-12

MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu

Vivian has always been a good girl, following the rules and never getting in trouble. But what if the rules are rigged and trouble is the price you pay for doing what's right? Vivian's high school culture is one of misogyny, where the girls are regularly sexually harassed by certain classmates, and the teachers and administration ignore the issue while simultaneously enforcing biased rules, such as a sexist dress code policy. Finally fed up, Vivian and other girls eager for change start a tiny resistance with a zine, and gradually bring about a schoolwide revolution. Moxie girls fight back!FOR TEENS


Audubon Bird Guide: North America

This app is the gold standard in the birding word. Both easy to use and powerful, the now-free app is appropriate for a wide range of users. Parents and young children can look at photos of birds they spot and listen to their calls and songs. Older children, teens and adults can use a range of identification tools, maps, social sharing tools and eBird, a database that shows what birds have been spotted nearby. There are 821 included species, with detailed information for each. Use your family's screen time to foster a love of birding and exploring the natural world.FOR ALL AGES

Laura Nawojchik is a youth services librarian at the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.