As we approach small business Saturday, consider shopping your local authors and illustrators! Here’s a round up of newly released picture books by Michigan authors and artists that I recommend for your bookshelf.
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Written by Gary Abud Jr. and illustrated by Liz Craft, this is a fabulous book written in rhyme that teaches children (and adults!) about color and the way our eyes see it. They suggest LED finger beams to really make the story come to life!
By Kari Jo Wagner and illustrated by Aprilia Muktirina is the sweetest glimpse into the beautiful and unique city of Detroit. I scored a copy through an Instagram contest (Thank you @kidlitinthemitten and @green_mitten_mama for the generous gift!) My kids love looking through and seeing places we’ve visited together downtown. Snag it for your little sweeties and be amazed at all our little big city has to offer!
By Victoria Buursma and illustrated by Natalie Wohletz is a fun and adventurous tale of triplet sisters at Michigan’s favorite summer spot – Mackinac Island! I love the bright colors that really remind me of those warm summer days biking by the lake on my favorite island.
By Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Scott Brundage is sure to capture the attention of aspiring astronauts. Rhythmic prose and factual information are helpfully supplied alongside the story. This new book will inspire as well as introduce new and important vocabulary surrounding the extraordinary moon landing. (This review also appeared in the Growing Book by Book Children’s Books About the Moon list I wrote)
By Kenneth Kraegel is a new release by an incredibly talented Michigan author and illustrator. I was in love with the title and cover alone, but the theme of pure maternal love, magical forest friends, and beautiful dialogue really put this book in the must buy category. Perfect for your budding readers who will be enchanted by the plot development over seven adventurous chapters.
By Lynn Magie looks like a delightful read set in New England during the picturesque fall season. Each year, two neighbors attempt to grow the biggest pumpkin and each season has a different ending!
By Kathleen A. Green and illustrated by Lori McElrath Eslick is a lyrical book full of gratitude reflections and ponderings on the everyday things we overlook. Perfect for this season to remind us what’s truly important.
By Carol Bloom Levin, who generously offered this synopsis of her educational and engaging book. “This family Haggadah combines the best parts of a Passover seder with the tale of a little matzah raft. The raft sails at sunset with two kids and a tribe of shoes. Tracks along the seder trail lead to holiday candles, ten frightful plagues and a lot of questions. The Haggadah crew show readers why Jews retell the Passover story year after year. Levin’s playful illustrations capture the seder rituals and relate them to our world today. The language is welcoming with prayers and songs in English and Hebrew. Haggadah Regatta invites readers and non-readers alike to participate in the seder. The crew learns that actions really matter… especially if you happen to be an only kid named TwoZooZEEM.”