cool childrens books

Need a gift idea for your niece’s fifth birthday (that you RSVPed for last year)? Or maybe looking at picture books helps you relax? Either way, here are three children’s titles, all out in June, that caught my eye in the mail pile: 

Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Life offers advice to children from animals – the wild geese, the rabbit in the field  –  who have weathered good times and bad.

Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Just in time for the Fourth of July, Blue Sky White Stars explores symbols of America, from a sunny baseball game to a spaceship blasting off at Cape Canaveral.

Renato and The Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo

Set in World War II Florence, Italy, Renato and The Lion tells the story of a boy, his favorite piazza and the stone lion statue there that makes him feel safe. His family is forced to flee to America because of the war, but decades later, when he finally makes it back, the statue is still standing.

- Intern Sydnee

Life images courtesy of Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Images; Blue Sky, White Stars images courtesy of Penguin Random House; Renato and The Lion images courtesy of Viking Books for Young Readers.

If you have another niece with yet another birthday, or you recently started volunteering at your local library’s storytime, here are some fun children’s books out this month:

Hector The Collector, by Emily Beeny, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Images: Stephanie Graegin/Macmillan Children’s Publishing

After observant Hector is made fun of for collecting acorns, his class learns that collections of all kinds are special – whether of acorns, stuffed animals,  or paintings in a museum.

Now, by Antoinette Portis

Images: Antoinette Portis/ Roaring Brook Press

In this touching reflection on being in the moment, a young girl explores her favorite things.

Under The Silver Moon, illustrated by Pamela Dalton

Images: Pamela Dalton/ Chronicle Books 

Using intricate cut-paper art, this book features lullabies from America and around the world.

Intern Sydnee


The Shepherdess and the chimney sweep by Ciaran
Via Flickr:
Illustrations for Hans Christian Andersons Fairy Tales By Jiri Trnka 1959


Queen Bessie Source: RAD American Women A-Z: Required reading for our girls. And definitely our boys.  Cool Mom Picks

Photo Ella, Flo-Jo, Grimke, Hazel Photo source: “Lola Loves… Rad American Women A-Z”