Have you read any good books lately? We like to share reviews on books that our members have read that are hiking – or outdoors – related. From infant board books to adult page-turners, we love to hear about what you are reading! I’ll also include a review of my own in each blog post. Share a book review with us on this form and we may feature it in an upcoming blog post!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
In “The Snowy Day,” Peter takes an outdoor adventure. Bundled up in a snowsuit, he explores the neighborhood, making snow angels, knocking snow off trees and dreaming of the day he is old enough to participate in snowball fights. Everything about the snowy day is magical to Peter, and he can’t wait to get back outside the next day with the fresh new blanket of snow.
Peter’s sense of excitement over the snow is contagious, and reading this Caldecott Medal winner to your child or a group before a Hike it Baby adventure will create a sense of wonder and joy as the kids get ready for their own snow day adventure. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the simple colorful illustrations, which feature great contrast in color.
Besides piquing your child’s interest about snow play, “The Snowy Day” was a trailblazer when it was first published in 1962. It was one of the first picture books for young children that featured an multi-cultural urban setting and an African-American protagonist. Despite its original publication date, “The Snowy Day” still get children excited for winter and the accompanying snow!
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LISA MUSALL, OF THE LONG ISLAND BRANCH, REVIEWED THIS BOOK FOR US!
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
“The Curious Garden” is a wonderful picture book for ages 4 and up. It’s about nature and green space in a fully urbanized world. Little Liam dreams big and starts out not knowing anything about his new interest (gardening). Through research, trial and error – and lots of hard work – he and the rest of the city earn a huge reward. The illustrations are beautiful, becoming more colorful with every page as the garden grows.
JESSICA KLEIN, OF THE LANCASTER BRANCH, REVIEWED THIS BOOK FOR US!
Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel by Paul Meisel
“Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel” is a beautifully illustrated story about a bat and a squirrel who learn to share a home together. At first the duo have a hard time communicating clearly and living together. But after several days, they sort their differences and learn to enjoy each other’s company. This is a really nice book about learning to communicate clearly and being open with others who may be very different from you.