Children’s Book Roundup: July 2023

  • July 17, 2023

Big new titles perfect for the littles.

Children’s Book Roundup: July 2023

You, Me, We: A Celebration of Peace and Community by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus (authors) and Andrés Landazábal (illustrator) (Candlewick). “Peace is in a gentle shake. Peace isn’t order for order’s sake. Peace is in returning things to their proper place. Peace isn’t something that can break.” All day long — through friendly interactions and playful activities — the schoolchildren demonstrate peace in action. Of course, “Peace isn’t always easy to find. There can be misunderstandings, angry words, hurt feelings. But if we look at each other, ready to discover, peace is always there.”

The Glow Show by Susi Schaefer (Sourcebooks Explore). “Meet Glow! Glow is a squid, he is bioluminescent, and he knows how to TWIRL! And the faster he twirls…the brighter he GLOWS!” When he does all that twirling and glowing, his fans (er, friends) LOVE it — they’re almost as impressed with Glow as he is with himself. But what happens when the spinning showoff sets out in search of a larger audience? Well, he’ll learn a lot about the ocean — and about the importance of sharing the spotlight once in a while!

The Noise Inside Boys: A Story About Big Feelings by Pete Oswald (Random House Studio). “Your feelings are yours — each one is okay. What you’re feeling today may soon go away. Listen to your emotions — learn how to name them. Then you’ll know better how to explain them.” Boys aren’t usually encouraged to talk about their feelings, but that’s exactly what happens in this sweet tale. When a little boy gets upset at his older brothers, he doesn’t know how to handle the anger and frustration being stirred up. But Dad is there to help his youngest son identify — and, more importantly, understand — all his emotions!

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