I haven’t done a book review of any sort for ages, though we’ve certainly continued with the unstoppable reading and regular library trips. It seems ironic to even consider reading less just to write a book review once in a while, so reviews have taken a back burner in the aftermath of this crazy “figuring out life with three kids”. I hope we’re getting our groove back, but it’s hard to tell.
In the meantime, here are three fantastic kids books that we stumbled onto in our library.
This is a compilation of short, essay style biographies on some of the great women scientists in history. This goes far beyond the few well-known female scientists, and delves into their contributions. The illustrations are just gorgeous, and the essays are short enough to read to pretty young child. It would make a fantastic Christmas present for anybody who is even just mildly interested in science.
This is the lilting tale of an immigrant who sews his own coat and modifies it as it wears out. Through the illustrations we watch him grow up with his family, and then grand kids, and great grand kids, until the coat’s very last threads have been used. It’s pretty simple–any child should be able to sit through it, but the story is very sweet and may or may not be tear inducing. It was for me anyways. I wasn’t expecting to be so moved by a children’s book, but it brought tears to my eyes. In any case, it’s a unique children’s book and definitely qualifies as one that is enjoyable for all.
Arguably the most unique book out of the three I’ve presented here today–Quarks is an adorable board book that introduces the youngest of children to the notion that the world is made up of tiny molecules that are all stacked together kind of like blocks. “Baby builds with blocks. Nature builds with quarks.” Not going to lie, I was not expecting that. Now, do babies the age of my sweet Eva actually think anything of the words? Probably not, but who can really say? At least it’s a departure from the tradition of B is for Baby board books, and is entertaining for the parent as well. Bonus points: it’s a reminder that there is more to the world than diapers!
So there ya go! 3 lovely books that would be perfect for the children in your life, just in time for Christmas. You’re welcome 🙂