Saturday by Oge Mora

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

The only day of the week that Ava and her mother have to enjoy time together are Saturdays. Unfortunately things don’t always go as planned. All scheduled events were ruined one Saturday. Storytime at the library – cancelled. New hairdos – drenched. Puppet show tickets – forgotten at home. Ava is mature and consoles her mother who feels awful. The two salvage the day by spending quality time at home for the remainder of the day. Gorgeous collage illustrations show vivid scenery and sentiments.

Bubbles…Up! by author Jacqueline Davies and illustrator Sonia Sanchez

Reading Age: 4 – 8

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

On a hot day, dive into a poetically written picture book about spending time at a pool. A young girl and other pool patrons frolic and show off their agility. Lots of movement throughout. Underwater illustrations are a must see. Despite the good times, issues arise. A thunderstorm occurs and all evacuate the water until the storm subsides. A toy is rescued. Diverse children have fun together.

Look Out, Leonard! by author Jessie James and illustrator Tamara Anegon

Reading Age: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: DK Children

publication Date: March 2, 2021

It is time for the Shrew family to move to a new home. The Shrews walk in single file holding onto each other’s tails. Leonard, the last Shrew with seemingly the worst vision keeps grabbing the tails of other jungle animals and romps through slapstick types of experiences seemingly enjoying the series of encounters. When his family is in danger, Leonard’s lighthearted antics saves and reunites them. A funny read that introduces children to 6 different animals (including the shrew). Children will love yelling, “Look out, Leonard!” when Leonard is in a bind. Attractive foliage with clearly depicted characters. In the end there is added information about shrews.

Stella Keeps the Sun Up by author Clothilde Ewing and illustrator Lynn Gaines

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Denene Millner Books/ Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: March 2, 2022

An enterprising girl named Stella decides that the best times are had when the sun is out. With the help of a stuffed toy hippo named Roger, Stella strives to keep the sun from setting. Her antics will make readers and onlookers laugh however to a young child Stella’s ideas maybe ingenious i.e. offering coffee to the sun so that it stays up, shining a flashlight on the sun, trying to confuse the sun about time, inviting the sun to stay up to name some of her deeds. Feelings for her best friend Kamrynn who moved across the world and sleeps when Stella is awake and visa versa makes Stella realize that if the sun stays out where Stella lives then Kamrynn will always be in darkness. This book is good for bedtime and as an introduction to the topic of how the sun works. The sparkles on the book cover and color combinations in illustrations are pleasing to view.

Dumpling Day by author Meera Sriram, illustrator Ines de Antunano and contributor Laurel P. Jackson


Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Barefoot Books

Publication Date: October 29, 2021

Enjoy a feast of dumplings from around the world in this rhyming picture book. Ten families prepare dumplings that originate from their homelands of USA, Nigeria, India, China, Syria, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Russia and Israel. They share their foods at a potluck. Counting dumplings from 1 -10 occurs. The end of the book includes 10 recipes for each type of dumpling as well as a map pinpointing recipe birthplaces. Illustration style reminds My Book Eyes of folk art and is a great match for this picture book.

Nigel and the Moon by author Antwan Eady and illustrator Gracey Zhang

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Pubisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: February 21, 2022

At home at night, a youngster named Nigel speaks to the moon about careers he wants to have when he grows up. In school, Nigel does not share the same skin color as his classmates. In books, he does not see people with his skin color as dancers, astronauts or superheroes. He sits quietly in class and does not participate in career day conversations. He is embarrassed to talk about his parents’ occupations. To Nigel’s surprise, his parents appear on the last day of career week and proudly discuss their occupations and their feelings for Nigel in front of the class. This event gives Nigel the fortitude to speak to his classmates about his aspirations. Scenes and feelings in illustrations are easily read.

Nigel and the Moon was selected by Jumpstart Read for the Record 2022 to be read nationally on October 27, 2022. https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/

To Make by author Danielle Davis and illustrator Mags DeRoma


Reading Age: 4 – 8

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: May 31, 2022

Three words: gather, make and wait are essential ingredients to producing anything in this picture book. While they are not the only words, gather, make and wait are repeated throughout this book which helps those learning to read. The products can be a cake, plan, city, sweater, dance for some examples. Illustrations are filled with diverse children energetically constructing their desires throughout this book giving a positive message to onlookers that creating takes patience and perseverance but can be achieved. A good springboard for children making things in a variety of settings.

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.