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I seem to have an animal theme going these days when it comes to JIAB book reviews!
From defiant Tiny Shrimp to wayward turtles, Jump Into a Book has discovered some delightfully wonderful Animal Picture Books with Crazy, Courageous Critters. Here are a few of our favorite book reviews.
Animal Picture Books With Crazy, Courageous Critters
For parents who are still dealing with the toddler/early reader/ elementary stage of life, PENGUIN & TINY SHRIMP DON’T DO BEDTIME! (Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins Publishers) is a delightful Bedtime Story for Reluctant Sleepers and a clever way to get kids to settle in for the night after their 147th request for a drink of water or a hug. This rambunctious picture book is written by Cate Berry with illustrations by up-and-coming artist Charles Santoso.
Penguin & Tiny Shrimp definitely do NOT have a bedtime story to share with you (kids are loving this whole meta thing, right?). This book is full of CRASH BANG BOOM EXCITEMENT, DARING ADVENTURES, INCREDIBLE ESCAPADES! Their imaginations just run wild but if you’re lucky, it just might wear them out. Read the full review HERE.
Howl Like a Wolf! Nature Education through Creative Play
I love books that inspire play and imagination with a dash of nature as well! Howl Like a Wolf! by Kathleen Yale is a perfect example of an interactive picture book for young readers.
Climb inside the minds of animals through creative play! Howl like a Wolf! introduces kids to the fascinating behaviors and habits of some of their favorite animals and invites them to join in the activities of their wild friends, from penguins and leopards to beavers and frogs. This beautifully illustrated interactive guide for children ages 6 to 9 makes nature education fun while encouraging dramatic self-expression, an important part of cognitive, social, and emotional development.
Author and wildlife field biologist Kathleen Yale takes readers into the animal world to learn about the habitats and special skills and behaviors of 15 birds, mammals, insects, and amphibians. Lively illustrations by Kaley McKean make these loveable — and sometimes stinky! — animals leap from the page and into the hearts and minds of kids everywhere. Read the full review HERE.
Discover what Hidden Dangers lurk in this new Picture Book from Chronicle Publishing
They creep. They slither. They gallop, fly and swim. The world’s deadliest creatures can be hard to spot unless you are right on top of them!
Author Lola M. Schaefer and illustrator, Tymn Armstrong explore 13 of the world’s deadliest creatures in the vibrant new picture book, Hidden Dangers published by Chronicle Books.
About Hidden Dangers
From the Golden Poison Dart Frog or the Tarantula Hawk Wasp to the mighty Hippo and Grizzly, Lola and Tymn have created a beautiful tapestry on each page that challenges the readers to spot the creature before it spots them! They also invite readers to dig deeper into the facts about each dangerous critter so they can learn how to spot, and survive, and encounter with one.
Read the full review HERE.
Wally the Wayward Sea Turtle: A Story About Choices, Mistakes, and Saving Grace by Laura Joy Pewitt.
The story is about a newly-hatched sea turtle who instinctively begins his journey from sand to water by following the light of the moon.
Somewhere along the way, Wally finds himself off course and mistakenly sets path towards the glow of a streetlamp. Wally follows the glow of a streetlight and mistakenly heads off in the wrong direction, where trouble awaits. Read the full review HERE.
Atlas of Animal Adventures by Rachel Williams and Emily Hawkins
Experience the magical story of a family of foxes that took up residence right in the front yard of the author and publisher, Valarie Budayr. The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden offers an enthusiastically educational opportunity to observe this fox family grow and learn together.
From digging and hunting to playing and resting, this diary shares a rare glimpse into the private lives of Momma Rennie and her babies. Come watch as they navigate this wildly dangerous but still wonderful world. Great to share with your children or students, The Fox Diaries speaks to the importance of growing and learning both individually and as a family unit. It is a perfect book for story time or family sharing. Not only can you read about the daily rituals of this marvelous fox family, but there is also an information-packed resource section at the end of the book that includes lots of facts and even a few “fox movies” that you can enjoy with your family. Grab your copy of this beautiful and inspiring book HERE.