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
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
Blue Sky, White Stars images courtesy of Penguin Random House;
Renato and The Lion images courtesy of Viking Books for Young Readers.
Some cool new children’s books with trans characters!
Liv, a transgender boy, objects to the school dress code, which would force him to wear a skirt in ThePants Projectby Cat Clarke. Readers ages 10 to 14 should look for Lily and Dunkinby Donna Gephart, a story about how two friends — Lily, a trans girl, and Dunkin, a boy with bipolar disorder — help each other during tough times.
Today in Cool Stuff in the Mail, we have Twelve Dancing Unicorns (out Sept. 2) by Alissa Heyman with illustrations by Justin Gerard. This hardcover children’s book is a spin-off of my absolute favorite fairy tale, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”.
Apart from Heyman's adorable retelling of that beloved story and Gerard's shimmery artwork – they honestly had me at “unicorns”.