Do you remember OWL Magazine? My elementary school library had a subscription to the “Entertaining, Informative, Challenging, and Inspiring Magazine for Preteens,” and I always raced to be first to borrow the new issue. I still remember lying on my bed reading through the whole thing as soon as I got home from school.
Owlkids Books has been publishing children’s magazines as well as a complete line of children’s books for over 35 years now. Owlkids recently released their 2015 spring catalogue, and our friends there kindly sent us a few new releases to share with you. Check out these brand new children’s books and don’t forget to scroll all the way down to enter to win this same collection!
Prickly Jenny by Sibylle Delacroix
This small book is perfect for reading with one or even both kids in my lap. Prickly Jenny captures the reality of living with a toddler who doesn’t know what she wants, but she knows she wants it now. I think I almost enjoy this book more than the kids. I live with Jenny – two of her in fact. They think Jenny is funny, but they don’t quite get why I find her so funny.
LOOK! by Édouard Manceau
This novelty book features a die-cut hole in the middle of the book that invites kids to look through and find objects to match various colours and shapes, or to find shiny things, loud things, or letters and numbers. Both my kids love this one. Tee reads it to Kay, and then they both look through the “window”. There’s an occasional head bonk when they try to look through at the same time, but they love playing anyway!
The Candy Conspiracy: A Tale of Sweet Victory by Carrie Snyder, illustrated by Claudia Dávila
The Juicy Jelly Worm is the tyrant of Candyville. Even though the trees are made of chocolate and the rivers run with root beer, he won’t let the children of Candyville have even one bite of candy. But when the children come up with a secret plan to raise a garden full of yummy vegetables like sugar snap peas, candy cane beets, and sweet potatoes, maybe they’ll finally get to enjoy something sweet!
This book is so much fun to read aloud. We like to yell out “Juicy Jelly Worm!” and Tee loves to pore over each page examining and exclaiming about all the candy details. (Sorry, love, it’s just not going to happen in real life.)
And What If I Won’t? by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Qin Leng
When Benny’s mother asks him to put his plate in the sink, he asks her, “And what if I won’t?” As Benny comes up with increasingly ridiculous misbehaviours, he wants to know what his mother will do with him. She reluctantly gives him to the zoo, sells him to the circus, and eventually sends him to the moon. But mothers love their children, even their naughty ones, so in the end she welcomes him home with a big hug. But he still has to put his plate in the sink!
Wild Ideas by Elin Kelsey, artwork by Soyeon Kim
I was a big fan of the first joint project by Dr. Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim, You Are Stardust, so I was really excited to check out their latest collaboration. Did you know that squirrels learn how to cross roads from watching people do it? Or that humpback whales work together to catch fish by blowing a net of bubbles?
Dr. Kelsey’s prose encourages children to learn from the problem-solving skills of the animals around us, and Kim’s incredibly detailed paper dioramas illustrate the beauty of the natural world. Tee is fascinated by the intriguing things that animals do in their search for solutions, and I love how the material reinforces her connection with nature.
Win This Package of Owlkids Books!
One lucky reader will win the same package of children’s books that I reviewed, courtesy of our generous friends at Owlkids Books. Enter in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US, 18+. All entries will be verified.
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