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On the Shelf: Bonus Books

“Chirp” by Jamie A. Swenson, illustrated by Scott Magoon (Paula Wiseman Books, ages 4 – 8)

Sometimes, you just have to sing the song that is in your heart. It might be sad or happy or lonely, but sing anyway. This sweet picture book is beautifully illustrated and a great tale for bedtime reading.

“Antarctica: A Continent of Wonder” by Mario Cuestra Hernando and Raquel Martin (Prestel Jr., ages 5 – 8)

For homeschool, independent study, a family research project or just an adventure from home, young learners can travel (via book) to a land of icebergs, penguins, scientific research and much more. If you have a child who loves maps, this detailed book is a great way to bring the continent to life with facts and stories that they can revisit over and over. 

“Festival of Colors” by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison (Simon & Schuster Little Simon, ages 1 – 5)

This board book introduces the youngest pre-readers to Holi, the Indian festival of colors, through the eyes of Chintoo and Mintoo, kids who are celebrating the fun with friends and family. Name the colors as you go and introduce the concept of taking steps to complete a task. This one can span a wide age range and be fun for all.

“Kyle’s Little Sister” by BonHyung Jeong (Yen Press, ages 8 – 12)

Introduce your middle grade reader to graphic novels with Grace – Kyle’s little sister – a young girl who is finding her own way in the world. Celebrate kids just as a they are, especially those who are introverted or who tend to fall into the shadow of an older sibling. Middle school is rough. Good books let kids see themselves in print. This one can open conversations about big feelings, too.