On the Shelf: New children's books about the Big Apple, the history of planes, and Jewish culture
“No! Said Rabbit” by Marjoke Henrichs (Peachtree Publishing, ages 2 – 6, available March 1)
Toddlers will love “reading” along with this one. They can say their favorite word (“No!”) along with Rabbit as he tries to do exactly what he wants. Parents will be able to relate to this one all too well.
Turn the focus to Jewish culture and history with three engaging new picture books available March 2 from Endless Mountains Publishing. “Not So Fast, Max: A Rosh Hashanah Visit with Grandma” by Annette Schottenfeld and illustrated by Jennifer Kirkham is a celebration of family traditions. It even includes recipes that kids and parents can make together and some simple Hebrew words and phrases to learn.
“Soosie, The Horse that Saved Shabbat” by Tami Lehman-Wilzig and illustrated by Menahem Halberstad tells the tale of a beloved horse who can find her own way when her family needs her support.
“Sarah’s Solo” by Tracy Brown and illustrated by Paula Wegman stresses the importance of tradition and family, against the backdrop of a Jewish wedding. All three books for ages 4 – 11 include context for parents and some information about Jewish customs, so kids can learn something, too.
“Mona Lisa in New York” by Yevgenia Nayberg (Prestel, ages 4 – 8, available March 9)
What happens when Mona Lisa – yes, that one – goes on a sensory-filled tour of New York City? Introduce young artists to the famous painting and some culture highlights of the Big Apple at the same time.
“Planes: From the Wright Brothers to the Supersonic Jet” by Jan van der Veken (Prestel, ages 8 – 12, available March 9)
This beautifully illustrated, highly detailed tribute to planes has almost everything kids need to fly, except wings. If you know a future pilot or just a child who loves the intricacies of how things work, this is a must for your shelf. There aren’t many stones left unturned here, so independent readers can spend hours soaking it all up.
“Sleep, Cat, Sleep!” by Antje Damm (Prestel Jr., ages 2 – 5, available March 16)
This adorable board book is great for building interest in preschoolers. They will quickly learn Cat’s sounds from page to page and anticipate the tiniest of frights as poor Cat just wants some peace and quiet.