One Good Night ’til Easter by author Frank J. Berrios III and illustrator Ramon Olivera

Reading Age: Baby – 3

Grade Level: Preschool and up

Publisher: LB Kids

Publication Date: February 8, 2022

In this rhyming board book, diverse children and their families get ready for Easter. There are treats to make, cards to create, eggs to decorate and to find, chocolate to taste, guests to welcome and new outfits to wear. The illustrations are bright and leave readers and listeners feeling happy. A fun read.

Jayden’s Impossible Garden by author Melina Mangal and illustrator Ken Daley

Reading Age: 4 – 9 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

Publication Date: March 5, 2021

A boy named Jayden lives in the city. He enjoys nature and sees it around him in the weather, his collections of stones and branches, and by observing birds and squirrels. Jayden discovers that his neighbor, Mr. Curtis, also enjoys nature. Spring arrives and the two neighbors spend time together listening to each others stories, building a fort, and planting flowers in reusable materials. Their garden attracts other neighbors who are glad to see nature sprouting.Illustrations are attractive. The book includes author and illustrator notes, information about insects and animals displayed in this book and information about recyclable crafts to make. My Book Eyes enjoyed seeing a warm relationship between a youngster and an older person with a disability and the emphasis on common interests.

William Wakes Up by author Linda Ashman and illustrator Chuck Groenink

Reading Age: 3-5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

In this rhyming picture book, hibernation is over and a bluebird is returning to enjoy the warmer spring weather. William and his animal friends roll out of bed one by one to tidy up. They work together except for Raccoon who decides to stay in bed. A cake is baked to welcome bluebird. Raccoon is ready to eat however his friends are his jury and decide that Raccoon did not work enough to enjoy the treat until Raccoon agrees to help with the last chore. Bluebird needs nests built for the birds that are returning and everyone, including Raccoon, help build. Rhyming text will help listeners and readers remember the story. Some early math skills are included i.e. when the animals roll out of bed. Illustrations and text are great introductions to the meaning of spring for this age group.

Easter Bunny School

Easter Bunny School

Easter Bunny School by author R.I. Redd and illustrator Genie Espinosa

Age Range: baby – 5 years

Publisher: Cottage Door Press

Publication Date: January 15, 2017

What does the Easter Bunny do when he has more work to do than he can handle? He finds helpers of course. In this padded board book children can identify different animals and learn about jobs associated with this holiday. Jovial characters illustrated make this a book that children will return to time and time again. The text is just enough for this age group.

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

Bring Me Some Apples

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Age Range:  4 – 7 years

Publisher:  Clarion Books

Publication Date: June 18, 2008

With spring upon us and indoor and outdoor markets displaying a variety of scrumptious fresh foods I decided to review this book. Just viewing the pictures and reading the text makes My Book Eyes feel well nourished.  Edna Lewis, a famous chef, grew up in the south.  This book concentrates on Edna’s younger years as she works with her family on their farm gathering nature’s bounty throughout the seasons and preserving foods to eat during winter. There is an author’s note and recipes included. Boldly colored illustrations add to this book’s appeal.

 

Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland

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Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland

Age Range: 4-8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Henri, a caterpillar, desires to leave his little garden home and see the world outside of it by flying. As in real life, some of his friends do not support his dream while others encourage him with words and physical assistance. Ironically, after he reaches a hot air balloon which can allow him to achieve his goal, metamorphosis occurs and he gains the ability to fly without aid from anyone or anything. With as much independence as he now has, the first place he goes to is home. My Book Eyes liked how the theme of growing up and how nature and nurture work together are well represented in text and illustrations. The emotional illustrations are appealing.