It is a truth universally acknowledged that publishers save some of the very best books for the end of the year. Here are five of MB’s end of year favorites - the perfect blend of utterly charming and completely hilarious. This collection would make a fantastic holiday surprise for the young readers in your world (likely best enjoyed for children 3 years and older…)
Aaron Slater, Illustrator: Aaron, a little boy with dyslexia and a gift for illustration, discovers there are many ways to be an extraordinary communicator. An empowering story about the power of art and finding your voice.
It Fell From the Sky: None of the insects know where it came from, or what it is. Some say it’s an egg. Others, a gumdrop. A luminously illustrated fable about community, art, the consequences of greed, and the importance of giving back.
Gladys the Chicken: Blending a classic storybook feel with a thoroughly modern sense of humor, this is side-splitting read aloud about an irresistible - and quite possibly magical - chicken. The misadventures of Gladys, wandering about ancient time bringing good fortune to all she meets, is perfect for anyone who wishes to see magic in the world.
The Smart Cookie - This delightful tale of a cookie who has never felt like a smart cookie no matter how hard she tries, especially in comparison to all the clever cupcakes and brilliant rolls in the bakery, is a delicious reminder to alway try one’s best. Cleverly sprinkled with puns and metaphors and double entendres, this will bring lots of smiles and laughs to story time!
Return of the Underwear Dragon: Once again, Sir Cole sets out on a valiant quest. This time it isn't to conquer the Underwear Dragon--it's to help him learn how to read. But it's hard to teach a fire-breathing creature to read an actual book because he sets them all on fire. Kids adore this tale, a guaranteed “read-it again!” tale.