The Book Bag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, November/December 2005

Yes, I know it’s a little late for a November-related post, but we had nearly 40 reviews in November, so it took a bit to get them all up on the web site. Here are some of our favorite non-seasonal books. I am posting a separate Holiday Book Bag with great tales for all ages!

My Little Book of [Wood Ducks, Painted Turtles, Burrowing Owls, Timber Wolves, White Tails and River Otters] by Hope Irvin Marston. This is a non-fiction picture book series that follows animals from birth through their first year of life. Our reviewer raved about all of them and the fact that her kids wanted to pretend to be some of the animals. NOTE: The title links you to My Little Book of Timber Wolves. Click here to go to the indices page with links to each title. [Windward Publishing, an Imprint of Finney Company, 2003]

Nacho and Lolita
by Pam Munoz Ryan. This is a beautifully illustrated story about love and friendship that even young children can understand. The illustrations are fabulous and keep young listener’s attention while you read long narrative passages. [Scholastic Press, an Imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2005]

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman. A parent describes what happened in the world the night their child was born, and how to look for signs that the world keeps celebrating how special the child is each and every day. “This is a beautiful poem with creative, incredible illustrations.” [Darling Press, 2005]
What Can I Do Today? To Make This World a Happier Place by Allison Stoutland. This is a book that illustrates how a random act of kindness for one person can change many lives. The story expertly weaves a “house that jack built” type tale with a pay-it-forward theme. [Inch by Inch Publications, 2005]

Your Father Forever by Travis Griffith. A father explains to his children that for all the moments in their lives, he will always be there to share, care, and help their dreams come true. [Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Inc., 2005]