An adorable baby is tired everyone's cutsey nicknames for her when she's got one of her own in "Princess Baby" by Karen Katz.
The baby wants to know why no one calls her by her real name - its always Buttercup, Cupcake, Giggly Goose, Little Lamb and Sweet Gumdrop. She is none of those things! She has a shiny crown, a fancy dress, sparkly shoes, velvet cape, glittery jewels and a royal wand. She is Princess Baby!
This is a cute board book for the little princess in your life!
"Princess Baby" is published by Schwartz & Wade. It is $6.99.
Preschoolers will enjoy a book about bathtub with a lovable dinosaur in "Dini Dinosaur" by Karen Beaumont with illustrations by Daniel Roode.
Dini is covered in dirt. His mama says he needs a bath before bed. But Dini gets into the bathtub fully dressed! His mother keeps coming back in, removing clothing items so he can get all clean! And after finally getting clean, Mama reads him stories and tucks him into bed.
With a wonderful rhyming story and adorable art, this book would be a great part of a nightly ritual.
"Dini Dinosaur" is published by Greenwillow Books. It is $14.99 and is for ages 2 to 5.
A little girl who is constantly being overshadowed by a loud classmate learns what she is good at in "Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine" by Allison Wortche and illustrated by Patrice Barton.
Violet thinks she is the best, and it seems like everyone in class agrees. She runs fast, sings the highest, is the loudest and looks the fanciest. Everyone thinks she is the best - except Rosie. She's tired of hearing how great Violet is. When the class starts a project growing pea pants in their own pots, everyone is excited, especially Violet. They decorate their pots (and Violet declares that hers is the prettiest.) Rosie listens to the teacher and learns about gardening. She is excited when hers is the first to sprout, until Violet runs to the teacher to show that hers is the first to grow! Angry, Rosie spreads a bit more dirt on Violet's plant. But then she feels guilty, especially the next day when Violet has to stay home because of chicken pox. She decides to take care of Violet's plant and hers. And before she knows it, both plants are growing big and tall! Rosie is a great gardener! What will Violet say when she gets back?
This is a good story about one quiet little girl wanting her chance to be good at something and her hard work paying off. The loud, show-off little girl doesn't suddenly experience a change of heart, either, which is realistic. And the artwork is gorgeous and warm.
"Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine" is published by Alfred A. Knopf. It is $17.99.
Cinderella Smith is back in "Cinderella Smith: The More The Merrier" by Stephanie Barden with illustrations by Diane Goode.
Cinderella and her best friend, Erin, are learning to spell big words because the school spelling bee is coming up. The winner will get to pick the theme of the class party! But while there is excitement, there is also upset - Cinderella's one-time friend, Rosemary T., has started saying very nasty things to her and hurting her feelings. Cinderella's trying to give her the silent treatment, because if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. Aunt Flora suggests having a discussion with Rosemary, but it turns heated. Will they ever be friends again?
Tackling the issue of bullying, this is a good book for middle-grade readers. "Cinderella Smith: The More The Merrier" is published by HarperCollins. It is for ages 8 to 12 and is $15.99. Check out her earlier adventures in "Cinderella Smith," available now in paperback for $5.99.
Lunch Lady is back for more school heroic adventures in "Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
The Breakfast Bunch has been forced to join up with the mathaletes as punishment for skipped out on a museum tour. Lunch Lady feels bad about the kids' punishment and makes cookies for the whole group. Soon the mathaletes are studying up and seem poised to take the trophy from Willowby Academy. But there's something fishy going on with their rivals. Is it possible they are not even human? It looks like it may be up to the Lunch Lady to save the day again!
Kids will enjoy the superheroic actions of the average, everyday Lunch Lady.
"Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes" is published by Alfred A. Knopf. It is $6.99.
The popular Fancy Nancy grows up and gets into sleuthing in "Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth" by Jane O'Connor with illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser.
Nancy has what she needs to be a super sleuth - a magnifying glass with rhinestones, a spiral notepad and flashlight, sunglasses, a hat with a floppy brim and a pink trench coat. She even has a sidekick, her best friend, Bree. She can be just like her hero, Nancy Drew! But all she needs is a mystery to solve. The two practice learning in code, read how to make disappearing ink and even have a Headquarters. But when a classmate's momento goes missing in their class, it looks like a mystery dropped into their laps! Can the girls solve it?
This is a great book for kids obssessed with mysteries and who were fans of the younger series of "Fancy Nancy" books.
"Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth" is published by HarperCollins. It is for ages 7 to 10 and is $9.99.
Pinkalicious fans can catch up on their reading this summer with a collection of "I Can Read Books" of the popular character. "Pinkalicious Pink-a-rama" contains the books, "Pinkalicious: School Rules," "Pinkalicious: Pink around the Rink," "Pinkalicious: Pinkie Promise" "Pinkalicious: The Pinkerrific Playdate" and "Pinkalicious" The Princess of Pink Slumber Party," all by Victoria Kann.
Kids can follow Pinkalicious as she brings her imaginary unicorn to school, learns how to ice skate, makes it up to her best friend for using all the pink paint, enjoys a day at the park with her friend, Rose, and enjoys an evening hosting a slumber party!
All of these books are written in the simple "I Can Read" style for young readers and are very relatable.
"Pinkalicious Pink-a-Rama" is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99 and is for ages 4 to 8.
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