Welcome to our roundup of new arrivals that have cover appeal! Every two months, we publish this list of books that at first glance look like they could hook kids on reading. This edition is a little different because I did a post-Book Expo America list, so we there are two lists for June/July. Some of these are brand new books, some of them are just new to us.
As crazy as it may sound, we are turning away requests to donate books. We have received nearly400 books so far this year, and we want to keep a “steady pace” of processing them (cataloging, reading, reviewing, placing with a reader in need). This month we’ll be placing more than 100 books with students in Minnesota for our Use Your ABCs Program.
Bilingual Books (All Ages)
Beautiful Moon / Bella Luna by Dawn Jeffers, Ill. Bonnie Leick (Raven Tree Press, 2009) – Kids love images of the Man in the Moon, and he is smiling at them on the front cover.
Picture Books (All Ages)
The Coping Series by Jeanne Gehret, MA, Ill. Michael LaDuca (Verbal Images Press, 2009). These picture books are for families dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and learning disabilities: Eagle Eyes; A Child’s Guide to Paying Attention; Houdini’s Gift; The Don’t-Give-Up Kid and Learning Disabilities.
Rip Squeak and His Friends by Susan Yost-Filgate, Ill. Leonard Filgate (Raven Tree Press, 2009) – Two baby mice, a kitten and a baby frog are on the cover … and they’re reading a book!
Waiting for Winter by Sepastian Meschenmoser (Kane Miller, 2009) On the backcover there is an image of a squirrel and a Hedghog sitting on a branch that is just adorable.
Easy Readers (Early, Emerging, Transitional)
Land of the Left Sock by P.P. James, Ill. Dale James (CreateSpace, 2009) The title of the book is printed in socks! There is one illustrated spread inside where a girl with pigtails and a petticoat and her friend are falling with socks. It looks really cute.
Middle Grade/Young Adult
The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds (Kane Miller, 2009) The eyes of the girl on the cover drew me in and caused me to read the blurb on the back. I’m intrigued by the idea that this is “part fairy tale, part romance and part mystery.” That would seem to be ideal for a broad audience.
Secrets of a Christmas Box by Steven Hornby (Ill. Justin Gerard and Gabriel Hordos) (Ecky Thump Books, Inc., 2009) More often than not, Christmas books are geared to the picture-book set. I’m intrigued by the idea of a middle-grade fantasy. And if, as the blurb says, I can learn why “pine needles find their way into rooms no one has been in,” that’s cool, too.
Just because we haven’t had a chance to review them doesn’t mean you haven’t! If you have written a review, just click on the cover image or book title. It will take you to our website page where you can add your review via Mr. Linky.