It's time to read up on trying new foods, sharing smiles, and changing the world
“Try It! How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat” by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Giselle Potter (Beach Lane Books, ages 3 – 8)
Have you tried purple potatoes, red bananas, yellow watermelon, kiwi or star fruit? Thank Frieda Caplan, produce pioneer. This delightfully illustrated book gives kids and parents some ideas for new produce to look for at the grocery store and weaves the tale of a women who pioneered important parts of menus and dinner tables across the country.
“Sharing a Smile” by Nicki Kramar, illustrated by Ashley Evans (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ages preschool and older, available Feb. 23)
Wearing a mask is still no fun – even almost one year later. But it’s an important step in keeping our loved ones safes and protecting our community. Kids get that, but everyone needs a smile. This sweet story shows that even a mask can’t hide your true personality. In fact, it can be a canvas for displaying what you love.
“How to Change Everything” by Naomi Klein (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ages 10 and older, available Feb. 23)
Kids really can change the world, and this book gives them a foundation to start. With facts about climate change, including how it started and why it matters, kids are empowered here to lead the way on climate justice and take charge of their future.
“Kids vs. Plastic: How You Can Ditch the Straw and Find the Pollution Solution to Bottles, Bags and Other Single-Use Plastics” by Julie Beer (National Geographic Kids, ages 8 –12)
With the usual high energy look and feel of National Geographic books, this is another way to engage kids in the battle to save the planet. Packed with facts, inspirational stories and practical ways to make a difference, even reluctant readers will find something to explore here. And they can get more online at kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/nature/kids-vs-plastic.
Brain Candy 2 (National Geographic Kids, ages 8-12)
For young trivia buffs, this is the deep dive into numbers and facts and details that can fuel imagination for a lifetime. Just how big is the inside of a bear’s nose? (Spoiler alert: it can be 100 times the size of a human’s.) How can an airplane trigger lightning? Want to know about dragons, snails or fire trucks? This is your book. For kids who have an endless supply of questions, this might be a favorite for years.