Children’s Book Roundup: September 2021

  • September 27, 2021

Big new titles perfect for the littles.


Learning shouldn’t stop when the school day ends, so don’t let it! Share these three recent or forthcoming titles with your child, and you’ll be exposing her to new worlds (or new-to-her aspects of our existing world). Each one boasts so many interesting tidbits and splashy illustrations that it’s sure to become a bedtime favorite.

Ducks Overboard! A True Story of Plastic in Our Oceans by Markus Motum (Candlewick Press). “Hello. You may have seen plastic ducks like me before,” says the tiny yellow guy. “But I’ll bet none of them has had a story like mine.” From there, the bathtub buddy chronicles his journey from a factory in China to a destination across the sea. Along the way, he points out how plastic sometimes accidentally ends up in our waterways — and what we can do about it.

Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv (authors) and Susanna Chapman (illustrator) (MIT Kids Press). Ada can’t see the stars in too-bright New York City, but that changes when she visits her grandparents, Ama and Poobah, on an island in Maine. She loves exploring the waves, beach, and wildlife, but what the little girl really wants is for the fog to lift so she can finally gaze up at the night sky. Until it does, she and Poobah will learn about the galaxy the next best way: via an amazing book!

Colossus: The World's Most Amazing Feats of Engineering by Colin Hynson (author) and Giulia Lombardo (illustrator) (Big Picture Press). How is it possible that the Burj Khalifa in Dubai or Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers manage to soar so high in the sky? What allowed the Saturn V to rocket to the moon? And who were the people who imagined — and then built — the continent-spanning Trans-Siberian Railway? Find out in this accessible, endlessly fascinating compendium of engineering marvels!

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