Tag: Children’s picture book

Children’s Picture Book Review: Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Elizabeth Jenner
Kate Wilson
Nia Roberts
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Consultant: Graham Medley
Published:  April 13, 2020
26 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Date Read: April 17, 2020

Book Description:

What is the coronavirus, and why is everyone talking about it?

Engagingly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this approachable and timely book helps answer these questions and many more, providing children aged 5-10 and their parents with clear and accessible explanations about the coronavirus and its effects – both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life.

With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from teachers and child psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing.

Jessica’s Review:

Our lives have all been affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and things are still constantly changing worldwide. Besides adults having questions, your young children might also have questions, but don’t know how to ask or how to express feelings they might be having. 

Nosy Crow publisher has released this children’s picture book for FREE.  This book is aimed for children ages 5-9, but can be helpful to those that are older as well. 

Given in simple language, this children’s book explains the Coronavirus/COVID-19, what is going on in our world with all the closures, and the process to getting a vaccine.  This book helps children to understand what they need to do (stay home, wash hands) and that eventually we WILL get through this.

The illustrations are wonderful as they showcase a variety of people (various ethnicities, disabilities, ages, and appearance). These illustrations help to show that Coronavirus/COVID-19 affects everyone.

Bravo to the publisher Nosy Crow for having this children’s book created and made FREE to everyone.  You can get your free copy at their site hereThere are several ways at the link where you can get this FREE book.

This is a children’s book that is 100% recommended especially during this time of unknown in our world.

Children’s Book Review: On That Easter Morning

On That Easter Morning
Author: Elena Pasquali
Illustrator: Alison Jay
Published: January 24, 2020
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: April 10, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Rediscover the wonder of the first Easter morning…

Alison Jay has illustrated many books for children, and her beautiful paintings are instantly recognisable. In this book see the death and resurrection story of Jesus interpreted in her own unique style, using vignettes, borders and full page art to accompany a sincere retelling of the Easter story.

There are many intriguing people, animals and landscapes to look at along the way, bursting with new details to find with a young child, as you share the story of that special morning.

Jessica’s Review:

On That Easter Morning is aimed for children ages 5 and up and if I had a child that age I would buy them this book: It is a perfect picture book that explains what happened to Jesus on what would become that first Easter. 

This full color/ full page picture novel talks about Passover, Jesus and simplifies the events that led up to his crucifixion and resurrection to where a young child can understand.  It is also not graphic in the telling.  This children’s book covers more than others I have seen as it includes the Last Supper, Judas kissing Jesus’ hand, Peter denying Jesus three times, Pontius Pilate, and Mary Magdalene seeing Jesus after he has risen.

There could be a lot of words on each page, so reading it to your young child would be best. That way they can take in this Easter story by listening to you and by looking at the pictures that also tell the story.

Many thanks to the publisher Lion Children’s Book for granting me a copy to read and review.

Purchase Link:
Amazon US
**I did not see a link on Amazon UK**


Release Day Review: Children’s Picture Book: Why Do We Cry?

Why Do We Cry?
Author: Fran Pintadera

Illustrator:  Ana Sender
Published: Today, April 7, 2020
34 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: March 28, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

In a soft voice, Mario asks, “Mother, why do we cry?” His mother thinks for a moment, and then begins to tell him about the many reasons for our tears. We cry because our sadness is so huge it must escape from our bodies. Because we don’t understand the world, and our tears go in search of an answer. Because we can’t find the right words, and our tears speak a universal language. Most important, she tells him, we cry because we feel like crying. And, as she shows him then, sometimes we feel like crying for joy.

Jessica’s Review:

Mario asks his mother, “Why do we cry?” and she goes on to tell him all the different reasons that we do cry.  Some of the reasons are a bit metaphorical, and might be harder for younger children to understand, but the illustrations help in those cases.  (The book is aimed for 3-7 year olds, but I think the story is more fitting for ages 5 and up). The illustrations correspond well with the words on the page. 

The story lets children know that it is ultimately ok to cry.  I feel that the book showcasing a boy asking about crying is wonderful as some boys are told NOT to cry. 

A few added pluses:

There is also a lesson that scientifically explains about tears so children can understand some of the varying reasons that tears exist.  There is also a small interactive section with activities dealing with tears that will help children express their imagination. 

Many thanks to Kids Can Press for granting me an e-arc to read and review.  A+ on this children’s picture book! 

Purchase Link:
Amazon US