10-second review: Brief descriptions of books recommended for grades K-2.
Title: “Children’s Choices, 2009.” Reading Teacher (October 2009), G-2—G-5.
Bandit. Karen Rostoker-Gruber, Vincent Nguyen. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corporation. Moving can be stressful for anyone, but Bandit the family cat is totally confused.
Bats at the Library. Brian Lies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Cottonball Colin. Jeanne Willis. Tony Ross. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. Colin, the smallest mouse child in the family, is not allowed to go outside to explore.
Doctor Meow’s Big Emergency. Sam Lloyd. New York: Henry Holt. Dr. Meow, who works at Kiss-It-Better Hospital, is a busy feline doctor.
Don’t Worry Bear. Greg Foley. New York: Viking Children’s Books. Friendship between a bear and a caterpillar.
The Donut Chef. Bob Staake. New York: Golden Books. A creative donut chef tries to outbake his new neighbor.
Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. Michael Rex. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Parody of a classic tale familiar to many children. A naughty goon is sent to sleep under the bed.
I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean. Kevin Sherry. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. Beautifully illustrated.
Katie Loves the Kittens. John Himmelman. New York: Henry Holt. Katie is a dog and she gets into trouble as she howls and chases the kittens, but she lets them sleep on her.
A Kitten Tale. Eric Rohmann. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. This is the story of kittens discovering snow for the first time.
Maybe a Bear Ate It! Robie H. Harris. Michael Emberley. London: Orchard Books. Imagine you’ve lost your favorite book and then discover that a bear ate it.
No Hugs Till Saturday. Julie Downing. New York: Clarion Books. Felix the dragon is reprimanded by his mama for misbehaving. He is determined to give her no hugs for a week.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. Mo Willems. New York: Disney Book Group. When a puppy arrives, he changes his mind and asks for a walrus.
Princess Baby. Karen Katz. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books. This baby wants to be called “Princess Baby.”
Red Truck. Kerstin Hamilton. Valeria Petrone. New York: Viking Children’s Books. Red truck saves the day when a school bus full of children spins out and is unable to climb the hill. Like The Little Engine That Could.
Sally and the Purple Socks. Lisze Bechtold. New York: Philomel Books. Sally has ordered a pair of purple socks.
The Sandman. Ralph Fletcher. Richard Cowdrey. New York: Henry Holt. Reveals who the Sandman is and what is sprinkled into your eyes to help you sleep. Fantasy.