Big Truck Little Island by Chris Van Dusen

Reading Age: 3 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: May 3, 2022

One summer, a large truck is tugged to a small island. While driving on a curved narrow road, the rear tires veer off the path and the truck is stuck in mud. The vehicle blocks the passage of other vehicles going in either direction. Two families needing to go in one direction and two families needing to go in the other direction to important appointments devise a clever plan that gets the four families to their destinations. The truck is eventually aided. Later that evening, all including the truck end up in the same place. This is a rhyming picture book that has a satisfying ending. Illustrations have a retro look to them and show an assortment of characters.

Ice Cream Face by Heidi Woodward-Sheffield

Reading Age: 3 – 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Publication Date: June 21, 2022

Who can resist this child who enjoys all ice cream? He could eat it solely for every meal. He has even made up names for people according to the way they look while eating ice cream. What is this character’s problem? He can’t stand waiting in long lines for his ice cream while he watches others enjoy theirs. Ultimately, he receives his treat. The look on his face while he savors this dessert hits home for so many ice cream lovers. His problems aren’t over yet. Of course there is brain freeze, melting and the greatest letdown. Luckily for him he has friends that come to his rescue. Diverse characters are shown. Illustrations are delightful. My Book Eyes chuckled at the soft serve swirled hairdo of one of the customers. Enjoy the journey through this cool and refreshing picture book.

Family Reunion by authors Chad and Dad Richardson and illustrator Ashleigh Corrin

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Barefoot Books

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

A boy doesn’t think he will enjoy his family reunion. He would rather stay home and play video games. He goes. He sees folks that look like him and hears stories of family members’ accomplishments. He plays games with cousins, eats good food, participates in a dance contest. The family goes to church the next day. To his surprise, he looks forward to the next family reunion. Illustrations depict positive interactions between relatives. My Book Eyes likes the warmth that exudes from this picture book.

When Lola Visits by author Michelle Sterling and illustrator Aaron Asis

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3 years

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Book

Publication Date: May 18, 2021

Readers and viewers experience life through the senses (mainly smell) of a girl from Philippine ancestry. Her summers are filled with scents of stone fruit, jasmine, fingerpaint and trouble until grandma (Lola) arrives from the Philippines. Lola adds scents to the air of mango jam, sampaguita, dried squid, milk candy, wooden beads, cassava cake, suman, sisig, kalamansi pie, lumpia, kamayan, stuffed milkfish to name many. The storyteller also adds scents that are more common to the masses such as chlorine at the pool, tennis balls, sunscreen, salty swimsuits, limes, garlic, fireworks, warm summer rain, cherry ice cream cones and freshly sharpened pencils. Illustrations are vivid on a white background. Happiness throughout the visit and sadness during the departure are seen but the girl adapts as the story transitions to a new school year. My Book Eyes enjoyed this picture book with the addition of another culture to enlighten about diverse and shared experiences.