MacLachlan, Patricia. Chicken Talk. Illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Katherine Tegen Books, 2019. $17.99. ISBN 978-0062398642. 32p. PK-2. ECEL popularity: 9. Chickens are writing messages? Read this book and find out for sure; it’s really funny and we all enjoyed reading it aloud. The pictures are GREAT!
Bernstein, Ariel. Where Is My Balloon? Illustrated by Scott Magoon. Paula Wiseman Books, 2019. $17.99. ISBN 978-1534414518. 40p. PK-2 ECEL Popularity: 4. Owl trusts his friend Monkey to take care of his balloon. Monkey accidentally pops it and tries to get Owl to take other things, instead. It was a funny story, and it shows how important it is to tell the truth.
Heos, Bridget. Stegothesaurus. Illustrated by T.L. McBeth. Henry Holt & Co., 2018. $17.09. ISBN 978-1250134882. 40p. PK-2. ECEL popularity: 10. The dinosaur knows a lot of words and shares them with his friends. Funny book and easy to understand, even with the bigger words.
Burningham, John. Borka: The Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers. Candlewick, 2018 $16.99. ISBN 978-1536200409. 32p. PK-2. ECEL popularity: 10. A boat trip to London was the most exciting part of the book. Borka was a delightful character and he was nice to everyone he met in the story. Borka had to overcome the obstacle of having no feathers.
Lucas, David. I Was Made For You. Anderson Press USA, 2018. $17.99. ISBN 978-1541535596. 32p. PK-3. ECEL Popularity: 5. Mommy knitted a cat for Daisy that comes alive. Cat wonders why he was made, and what his purpose is. It was an easy read, but a bit boring.
Willis, Jeanne. Don’t Go There! Illustrated by Hrefna Bragadottir. Anderson Press USA, 2019. $17.99. ISBN 978-1541555082. 32p. PK-2. ECEL Popularity: 5. This book is one that could be used to help kids learn how to use the potty. It is told by a little kid who has a baby alien for a friend. The alien doesn’t know how to use the potty and pees and poos everywhere he shouldn’t. The pictures are hilarious!
Donaldson, Julia. What the Ladybug Heard Next. Illustrated by Lydia Monks. Henry Holt and Co., 2018. $17.99. ISBN 978-1250156525. 32p. PK-3. ECEL Popularity: 6. Colorful pictures, clear visuals and animal characters allowed my SPED student to enjoy this fabulous book. She was drawn to it right away by the colorful illustrations and she loved the rhymes.
Wiley, Jesse. The Oregon Trail – Alone in the Wild. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2019. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1328627162. 160p. Gr. 1-3. ECEL Popularity: 6. This book is set up kind of like the old computer game, Oregon Trail. The book tells a story and you decide on one of two outcomes, it could turn out good or bad. It’s an interesting story setting and the reader is the main character, which makes this great for a group read.
Dockrill, Laura. Angry Cookie. Illustrated by Maria Karipidou. Walker Books US, 2019. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1536205442. 40p. PK-2. ECEL Popularity: 7. This story is about an angry cookie who hates everything. He gets annoyed easily. Then he starts to realize that having friends is good and he starts to be happy. It was very easy to read and cute.
Lendler, Ian. Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha. Illustrated by Xanthe Bouma. First Second, 2018. $17.99 ISBN: 978-1626726369. 40p. PK-2. ECEL Popularity: 5. Sid runs away from his palace, looking for real happiness. He doesn’t want “things,” he wants time with his parents. It’s sort of a weird story but I liked it and the pictures.
Thompson, Veronica. Earth-Friendly Tech Crafts. LernerClassroom, 2018. $9.99. ISBN: 978-1541527836. 32p. Gr. 1-4. ECEL Popularity: 10. This is a book about crafts that you can easily make with old tech junk you might be throwing away. It’s easy to follow the instructions and there are some really creative ideas in here.
Cordell, Matthew. King Alice. Feiwel & Friends, 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1250047496. 40p. PK-1. ECEL Popularity: 8. The story is about Alice, who likes to play make-believe: being King was one of her favorites. Alice and her dad decide they should make a book about King Alice and the book tells crazy adventures. It was easy to read and so much fun!
Button, Joshua. Steve Goes to Carnival. Illustrated by Robyn Wells. Candlewick, 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1536200348. 56p. K-3. ECEL Popularity: 9. Steve and Antonio are the main characters in this funny story. Steve is a gorilla and Antonio is his human zookeeper and they both like jazz music. One night Steve decides to leave the zoo and go looking for Antonio, but it’s during carnival time and it’s crazy with fireworks, dancers, and music. Will Steve find Antonio? Read the book and find out!
Cornwall, Gaia. Jabari Jumps. Candlewick, 2017. $15.99. ISBN: 978-0763678388. 32p. PK-2. ECEL Popularity: 5. The book was about Jabari and his dad. Jabari wants to jump off the diving board, but he was scared. His dad helps him with his anxiety. I liked this book, it was easy to read and encouraging.
Kerley, Barbara and Rhoda Knight Kalt. Tigers & Tea with Toppy. Illustrated by Matte Stephens. Scholastic Press, 2018. $18.99. ISBN: 978-1338134278. 48p. PK-3. ECEL Popularity: 5. Toppy is Rhoda’s grandpa, mostly blind, and also a wildlife artist. When they go on outings together it’s always an adventure.
Rutten, Melanie. The Rabbit and the Shadow. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2018. $18.00. ISBN: 978-0802854858. 54p. K-3. ECEL Popularity: 5. This is a weird book, not sure I really liked it because at times it was so sad and scary. In the end, everything is ok, but it made me anxious. Each character in the book has their own journey of self-discovery that they complete. It has wonderful pictures, but isn’t easy to read or understand.
Surrisi, C.M. The Best Mother. Illustrated by Diane Goode. Harry N. Abrams, 2018. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1419725340. 32p. PK-1. ECEL Popularity: 5. A girl thought she needed a new mother, but then she realized she loved the one she had.
Higgins, Carter. Bikes for Sale. Illustrated by Zachariah OHora. Chronicle Books, 2019. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1452159324. 40p. K-2. ECEL Popularity: 5. Maurice and Lotta both crash their bikes and end up in a bike store at the same time, where they become friends and go on adventures together.
Primavera, Elise. I’m a Baked Potato! Illustrated by Juana Medina. Chronicle Books, 2019. $16.99 ISBN: 978-1452155920. 32p. PK-1. ECEL Popularity: 5. A dog named Baked Potato gets lost and is confused about who/what he is. Several woodland creatures try to give him advice (some bad) and one tries to eat him. The illustrations were cute and colorful and the story is fun.
Clickard, Carrie. Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt: the True Story of the Quest for America’s Biggest Bones. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2019. $17.99. ISBN: 40p. PK-2. ECEL Popularity: 5. Thomas Jefferson wanted to change French Count Buffon’s mind about America being a swampy place filled with tiny creatures. Jefferson goes on a hunt to find bones to ship to France to prove that there are big animals in his country. Some of the book didn’t make sense to me, but it was still fun to read.