Rosa Loves Cars is one of the lovely board books, written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol. In this delightful and simple story, we see Rosa playing pretend with a firetruck, racing toy cars down a ramp, and even pretending her toys are stuck in a traffic jam. It is rare that we get to see a young girl playing with traditionally “boy” toys. Spanyol’s books are a refreshing look on how all toys and games are for all children, regardless of gender. The other children that Rosa plays with are also a happy surprise. Her friends are a mix of boys and girls, and different races. Several of her playmates have differing abilities, such as the character Samira who races cars in her wheelchair. Overall, this is a wonderful series to share with children. They will love the simple illustrations and want to play games just like Rosa, no matter who they are. Find the title in our catalog.
Homer by Elisha Cooper
Who’s it for: Kids (and adults)
If only you had more money, then you would be happy.
If only you had more friends, then you would be happy.
If only you read more books, watched the hottest new tv show, then you would be happy.
If only you had more vacations, went on more adventures, then you would really be happy.
If only you found a way to lose those pesky extra 15 pounds you’ve been carrying for years, then you would truly be happy.
One of these thoughts has probably crossed your mind at some point. It’s certainly what we’re being told on a day-to-day basis. Movies, television, and even our books (Have you seen books like this before? 1,000 books to read before you die: a life-changing list), are constantly telling us that we need to do all the things to be truly happy. There will always be something more to do. Another book that you absolutely MUST read. Another Netflix show that everyone is talking about. Another thing that you’ve always wanted to do. They are all waiting for us as soon as we’ve finished with the last thing.
Now, please consider this: if we’re feeling it, then the children in our lives are feeling it as well.
Homer, written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper, is a friendly reminder that we absolutely do not need to do all the things to be happy. In fact, there is nothing that we have to do at all. We simply have to Be. Here. Now. Present.
Homer is essentially a story of a dog who is perfectly happy to watch his friends have fun and feels no need to participate himself, but at its core it is a story about the nature of contentment. Contentment, as in to feel content in the present moment. To be happy with what you have at this exact moment.
There are not many children’s books that express this idea so clearly. Taking less than five minutes to read, it is well worth the small amount of time it would take to complete it. Homer teaches a very important lesson that is sorely needed in a society that seems to glorify the doing of all the things.
Hildegard of Bingen: Scientist, Composer, Healer, and Saint by Demi
Publication Date: April 7, 2019
Who it’s for: Kids
Hildegard of Bingen was born in 1098, and she was one of the most remarkable and influential women of her time. Blessed with an astonishing array of talents, Hildegard was a mystic, theologian, scientist, doctor, nutritionist, composer, writer, linguist, and artist. Popes and kings, as well as humble peasants, sought her wise counsel. Today, Hildegard of Bingen is recognized as a saint and doctor by the Catholic Church and is revered by many Lutherans and other Protestants. Find out more about her life in this beautifully illustrated book by award-winning author, Demi.
There Are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Who it’s for: Kids
Muffin the Cat takes her job providing security for her human owner’s bakery very seriously. Each night, while the baker sleeps, Muffin listens for sounds to alert her to trouble, like the rustle and squeak of mice, or the rattle and clang of raccoons. But one night, she hears a new sound. Is it rumbling? Is it growling? What could it be? Certainly not a BEAR in the bakery?! Read on to see what Muffin finds, what she does about it, and what becomes of the bakery’s stock of treats and sweets in this sweet and funny sequel to A Bear Ate Your Sandwich.
Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! by Trudy Ludwig
Who it’s For: Kids
“We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak” Epictetus.
Owen McPhee talks too much. WAY too much, according to his friends, his teachers and his hound dog Hannah! He talks so much that it gets in the way of his listening, with pretty serious consequences for his friends and their science projects… But the next day Owen wakes up with LARYNGITIS! No voice? No TALKING?? What’s a super-chatty kid to do? Read on and see how Owen deals with his laryngitis and learns something about listening and friendship in the process. Make sure to check out Owen’s calendar on the very last page! There are even questions in the back for further discussion with your own chatty ones.
The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell by Candace Fleming
Who’s It For: Kids
Is your little a collector of things? Do you love colors, shapes, textures? Then The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell is your book, and Joseph Cornell will be your inspiration! Before he was an artist and a filmmaker, Joseph Cornell was first a collector. From a young age he added any object to his collection that intrigued him-and everything intrigued him! His parents brought little bits and trinkets home to him as well, and as his collection grew he would give shows of his “Relic Museum” in the barn to his family. When he grew up, he began using his collection of found objects to make amazing collages and shadowboxes. Joseph never trained as an artist, but his work eventually made its way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York! A fascinating story of an unusual boy and his unusual art, with biographical information and a short bibliography at the very end.