children

Get Off My Lawn!


Author & Illustrator: Michael Garland
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-944882-75-4
Pages: 31
Price: $10.95

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Mr. Smith has such a beautiful lawn – the perfect lawn for children to play soccer on. Soon the soccer game is forgotten as they decide to pick flowers instead. When Mr. Smith finally notices them, he is horrified at what they have done to his garden, and chases them away.

Luckily one of their mothers asks what happened, and explains to them what they’ve done. In a gesture of goodwill, they draw flowers for Mr. Smith and offer to help him clean up the mess.

Get Off My Lawn! shows kids: it’s disrespectful to not ask permission before using something that belongs to someone else, they need to apologize when they’ve done something wrong, and they need to accept that the other person will say “no” to their request. But the story is told in a gentle and non-preaching way that kids will easily understand and relate to. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, finance

Teaching Kids to Buy Stocks


Author: J.J. Wenrich CFP
Genre: Personal Finance / Children
ISBN: 978-1-7337977-0-2
Pages: 188
Price: $29.99

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J.J. Wenrich has been teaching his kids how to buy stocks since they were little. Using the wisdom he gained in working in the investment field, he started with simple concepts to get them interested, and soon they were more savvy than the average adult. In Teaching Kids to Buy Stocks, he shares his wisdom with the rest of us.

This informative book covers ideas such as compound interest, stocks and bonds, earnings and dividends, and following the story of a company and its stock. It touches on bull and bear markets, and when to buy or sell. But mostly, it demystifies the process and turns it into something fun that kids and adults can enjoy learning from.

Although the book is geared toward actually working with kids, adults will find great benefit in reading Teaching Kids to Buy Stocks since it makes confusing topics manageable and understandable for the non-investor. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, birds, children

The Kids’ Guide to Birds of Colorado

Author: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Children / Birds
ISBN: 978-1-64755-142-1
Pages: 240
Price: $13.95

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If you live in Colorado and like to watch birds, The Kids’ Guide to Birds of Colorado is the perfect book for your collection. This comprehensive guide to Colorado birds includes an introduction to birds, detailed information on each bird in the state, and some activities kids can do to learn more about the birds.

One of the best features of this book is that it’s organized by bird color. Kids only have to observe what the bird’s predominant color is, and can look it up in that color’s section. They don’t have to know if it’s a woodpecker or a raven – only that it’s mostly black. Then they can try to match the birds to the full color picture provided. Each two-page bird spread includes a photo with some up-close shots of things to look for, some interesting facts about the bird, and some cool commentary about the bird’s behavior.

I highly recommend The Kids’ Guide to Birds of Colorado for all Colorado bird watchers.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Memories of a Birch Tree


Author: Daniel Cañas
Illustrator: Blanca Millán
Publisher: Cuento de Luz
ISBN: 978-84-18302-54-1
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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A young birch tree is enjoying his home among the other trees in the forest, content to live there forever. Suddenly, he is uprooted and planted along a busy city street. Initially, he finds it difficult to adjust to the environment. After time and some gardening care, he begins to flourish, as he realizes he has the opportunity to share his gifts with the people around him.

Memories of a Birch Tree touches on the differences between the country and the city, as well as handling change and making the best of it. Kids will enjoy this charming book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

The Library Book


Author: Gabby Dawnay
Illustrator: Ian Morris
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65260-2
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Zach and Ro are visiting the library, and Ro can hardly wait to start browsing to find the perfect book. But Zach is not impressed. Ro excitedly explains to Zach about all the fun and adventure he can find in books as Zach remains stubbornly disinterested. Finally, after much encouragement, Zach’s interest is piqued and he can hardly wait to dive into his own stack of books.

This cute rhyming book is fun to read while extolling the virtues of all kinds of books. Kids (and parents) will love to read it out loud. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Nibbling Your Nails


Author: Paula Merlán
Illustrator: Brenda Figueroa
Publisher: Cuento de Luz
ISBN: 978-84-18302-36-7
Pages: 32
Price: $18.95

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Sara nibbles her nails all day – while she reads, waters her plants, and even when she dreams. But her body isn’t happy with her unconscious habit.

One day grandma shows up with a surprise – a beautiful cake made from strawberries and freshly cut nails! Sara is horrified. Why would she eat such a cake? But when grandma tells her that it’s made from Sara’s own nails, she realizes what she’s doing. Thankfully, it’s only a dream, but Sara wakes up determined to use the nail clippers from now on.

Breaking bad habits is hard, but Nibbling Your Nails might gross kids out enough to make them stop chewing their own nails. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Mole in a Black & White Hole


Author & Illustrator: Tereza Sediva
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65205-3
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Mole lives in his hole with his best friend, Chandelier – a radish growing above him. Chandelier is the only color in his black and white world, but he tells Mole all about the things he sees around him. Colorful things like flowers, birds, and sunshine. He encourages Mole to come out to see them, but Mole is content in his black and white hole.

One day Chandelier is picked, leaving a hole in the ground. Mole finally gets the courage to leave, and explores the world around him. He enjoys seeing the beautiful colors, and brings some of the items he sees back to his hole. Now he can see color in the hole as well as above it.

Mole in a Black & White Hole is full of insights into the human experience that children will be able to discuss and explore. It tackles the concepts of safety, courage, black and white thinking, and friendship, while also telling a charming tale. I highly recommend this cute story for kids.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Brothers and Sisters


Author: Ariel Andrés Almada
Illustrator: Sonja Wimmer
Publisher: Cuento de Luz
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-84-18302-46-6
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Family can be loving, fun, and occasionally difficult. But the strongest families stick together through it all.

Brothers and sisters play together, fight over their toys, snuggle up while reading together, and giggle over the same things. They may be as different as day and night or souls that share the same spirit. But no matter what happens, they love each other and try to make each other’s days just a little brighter.

Brothers and Sisters expresses all the feelings kids have about their siblings. It’s a warm and caring look at family relationships that kids will really enjoy.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Bad Apple


Author: Huw Lewis Jones
Illustrator: Ben Sanders
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65243-5
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Apple is a nasty piece of fruit. He drank Pea’s tea. He stole Cat’s hat. And he pushed Spud in the mud. So what happens to a really bad apple? He just might just do something to Snake that he will regret.

Bad Apple is a mischievous tale that reminds kids that it’s not a very good idea to be bad. In fact, it can have terrible consequences.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, children

P Is For Puffin


Author: Timothy Young
Publisher: Schiffer Kids
Genre: Children / Board book
ISBN: 978-0-7643-6247-7
Pages: 26
Price: $8.99

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P Is For Puffin is a unique alphabet board book. Rather than using more traditional animals associated with each letter of the alphabet, the author has chosen to show us some unusual and unique animals instead. Kids will be introduced to echidnas, kinkajous, and vaquitas, as well as many others. Each animal is pictured along with a short description about it, along with a pronunciation guide.

There is so much to learn from P Is For Puffin and children will love reading about these animals. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger