Oh, The Places You’ve Been by Ben & Mary Everard #KidLit

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Munchkin Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Did you ever throw a coin or penny into the fountain and make a wish when you were a kid?

I did! So it was only natural that this cute little story reminded me of those times.

This fun story tells the tale of a little girl named Harper and the places her penny has been.

The kids enjoyed the illustrations and liked all the rhymes. It was also a bit of a history lesson for the little ones since Canada eliminated the penny back in 2013.

Do you like stories that rhyme?

Hello, World!: Happy County by Ethan Long @MacKidsBooks

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Munchkin Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pub Date: March 3, 2020

This gave me and my 8 yr old son total Where’s Waldo vibes while reading it.

It’s one of the cutest, most fun interactive books we’ve read so far! It has become a fave at our house.

I can definitely relate to Mr. Rhinehorn when he’s trying to find a quiet spot to take a nap. That’s how I feel in the warmer months with all the lawnmowers going in the mornings. 😜

Highly recommend this one!

Welcome to Happy County, where everyone is out and about! The Bright Brothers are testing their newest invention. Hannah the Handywoman is hunting for her hammer. And Mr. Rhinehorn is just trying to get some sleep!

This primer compendium is chock-full of lovable characters—from Tina Tusker the County Commissioner to Dottie the Dog Walker and Cheese Louise—living in a busy, spirited world full of landmark early-childhood subjects: first words, colors, numbers, shapes, simple maps, naps, school, and plenty of funny scenarios to keep little ones turning the pages.

Mini Reviews: Something For you & It’s Okay To be A Unicorn

** Thank you Macmillan Kids Books for our ARC’s **

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Something For You by Charlie Mylie

Munckin Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mouse’s friend is sick and wants to do something nice for her. So he goes out to try and find a gift that will help cheer her up.

This was a cute little story to teach kids that you don’t always need gifts to make someone happy.

It serves as a great reminder to be thankful for what you have and to appreciate the people in your life.

It’s the thought that counts!

It’s Okay To Be A Unicorn by Jason Tharp

Munchkin Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Did someone say unicorn?! We love unicorns! Especially my 3 year old, so this was the perfect read!

This was a really fun way to teach kids kindness and to embrace diversity. It’s ok to be different.

Mother’s Day Roundup: In A Minute Mama Bear by Rachel Bright @MacKidsBooks #KidLit #MothersDay

 

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Munchkin Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In A Minute Mama Bear

Once you’ve become a parent, you’re always fashionably late.

This is a cute little story about a Mama bear trying to run errands (i.e dance class, groceries, etc), but Bella bear just wants to play and takes forever to get ready. Story of my life!

Whether you’re a parent or not, this makes the perfect gift and fun read to share on Mother’s Day!

Other worthy reads:

Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley

Everything is Mama, by Jimmy Fallon

Summer by Cao Wenxuan & Yu Rong #KidLit

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Munchkin Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a beautifully illustrated book about seven animals trying to find shelter from the hot sun.

It’s the perfect story time book teaching little ones how to share. 💖

In Summer, the burning hot sun hangs in the sky, and animals race to find a spor of shade in the grasslands.

They finally find shelter under a tree, but neither the elephant, the fox, the rhino, the leopard, nor the fox want to share.

It’s not until the animals witness a selfless act of love that they realize there may be a way to help each other.

Bedtime For Little Bulldozer by Elisa Broach & Barry E. Jackson @MacKidsBooks

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Munchkin Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do you ever have nights where your little one doesn’t want to go to sleep? Or has trouble falling asleep?

Today’s story time pick was Bedtime For Little Bulldozer.

This was a fun story about a little bulldozer who can’t seem to fall asleep. My kids definitely had a giggle with this one since Little Bulldozer’s parents are human.

My 2 year old loved the pictures and surprisingly, was able to sit through the entire story. Her favourite part was Little Bulldozer cuddling with all his stuffed toys.

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Falling asleep isn’t always easy, especially for a loud and rumbling little bulldozer. Once he finally gets into bed, he can’t fall asleep no matter what he tries to do: has another drink of oil, gathers his favorite stuffies, and even reads his favorite book. Still, something’s not right, and only his sisters–a steamroller and a crane–can make it better. This reassuring and clever bedtime story is for young ones who need a bit of help “bull-dozing” off to sleep.

Bearnard’s Book by Deborah Underwood & Misa Saburi @MacKidsBooks

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Munchkin Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A very cute book with references to other famous fictional bears we already know.

My kids loved this one!

**Thanks to Macmillan’s Children’s Publishers for our copy**

When Bearnard gets an invitation to be in a book, it’s a dream come true! But as he reads up on what starring in a book might actually entail, he wonders if he’s not quite the right bear for the part. With the help of his friend Gertie, Bearnard discovers that to shine in his story, he just needs to be himself.

Deborah Underwood

is the author of many picture books, including Monster & Mouse Go Camping, Interstellar Cinderella, and the New York Times bestsellers The Quiet Book, The Loud Book!, and Here Comes the Easter Cat. She lives in Northern California with two bears (stuffed) and a cat (real).

Valentine’s Day Roundup @MacKidsBooks #ValentinesDay #KidLit #ChildrensBooks

Robot In Love by T.L Macbeth

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Remember the first time you crushed hard on someone?

This was such a funny & cute book about a robot falling in love for the first time.

Loved To Bits by Teresa Heapy & Katie Cleminson

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I’m sure we all had a favourite stuffy as a kid. Mine was a pink bear named Bobby and a yellow popple (remember those from the 80’s?)

This was a sweet story about a boy and his favourite bear, and the adventures they go on.

If Animals Said I Love You by Ann Whitford Paul & David Walker

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Can you imagine what it would be like if monkey or giraffe could say I love you?

This colourful board book is great for little ones and explores what it would be like for some fun-loving animals to say “I love you” to their young ones.

**Special thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing for our copy of these wonderful books**

12 Lucky Animals by Vickie Lee & Joey Chou @mackidsbooks

Genre: Children’s, Baby

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gong Hay Fat Choy! Xin Nian Kuai Le!! Wishing you happiness & Prosperity, and Happy New Year!

This is a great little introduction to all the Chinese Zodiac Animals. I loved the illustrations and how the author included how to pronounce each word/animal.

Since I’m Chinese, it was a fun way to teach my kids mandarin.

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