Children’s Book Roundup: July 2022

  • July 11, 2022

Big new titles perfect for the littles.

Children’s Book Roundup: July 2022

Giant Island by Jane Yolen (author) and Doug Keith (illustrator) (Flashlight Press). “Giant Island sat low in the water as the boat approached. ‘Why is it called Giant Island?’ Ava asked, looking at the map. ‘Always been Giant Island,’ Grandpa said, shifting gears.” True, it’s not all that big or impressive, but there’s something magical about the island’s twisty, hair-like trees and its bubbling, critter-filled waters. Why, it’s almost like it’s smiling at the children and welcoming them to play…

Saving the Butterfly by Helen Cooper (author) and Gill Smith (illustrator) (Candlewick Studio). “There were two of them left in the boat. A little one and a bigger one. Brother and sister, lost in the dark sea. They could have died. The bigger one thought they wouldn’t survive. But they did.” They’re refugees now, and although they’re safe, the big sister can’t shake her fear — or even step outside their new “broken house.” But when a beautiful butterfly gets caught inside with her, will the girl be brave enough to step outdoors and release it?

Do Baby Elephants Suck Their Trunks?: Amazing Ways Animals Are Just Like Us by Ben Lerwill (author) and Katharine McEwen (illustrator) (Nosy Crow). “There are babies everywhere! Some babies can fly. Some babies can swim. And some babies can run faster than a fully grown person. Animal babies can be very different from people. But there are a lot of ways that we are the same. Especially as babies.” Who knew rookie elephants, orangutans, polar bears, giraffes, koalas, and even humpback whales had so much in common with their tiny human counterparts?

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