New Books for Children
Celebrating the Seasons
By Connie Goldin, LMFT
This fall, enjoy four beautiful books for children, released in 2015. Waiting by Kevin Henkes is a gentle book that young children will love hearing. It has a lullaby quality. When I was reading Waiting, I thought of the children’s classic, Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I think Waiting could be this generation’s Good Night Moon. Kevin Henkes is the author of many wonderful books for children. This new one is extra special.
A Bear’s Year by Kathy Duval & Gerry Turley is another wonderful book for young children. Mama bear cares for and teaches her two cubs throughout the year. The artwork by Gerry Turley is lovely in its simplicity and has a quality of wood block printing. Mama bear shows her cubs how to become grown up bears over the year and story. Kathy Duval is a teacher turned writer, and illustrator, Gerry Turley is a talented artist who states in his blog, “I likes to draw. I like to draw now.” I enjoyed the playful and loving quality of the bear family.
Little Tree by Loren Long is a simple story about a complex concept–you have to let go in order to grow. The sparse text and artwork are clean and clear. The story of a little tree who won’t let go of his leaves in the fall, finds that he is the smallest and least thriving of all the trees that started out as sprouts with him. When he lets go of his treasured leaves, he begins the growth cycle and becomes a full part of the grove of trees. Artist Loren Long, is famous for his character, Otis, and illustrated Of Thee I Sing, by President Barack Obama.
Ask Me by Bernard Waber, Illustrated by Suzy Lee is a story about a day in the life of a father and his daughter. The questions the little girl instructs her father to ask her, have a an authentic sound. Bernard Waber, who passed away at the age of 91 in 2013, was a father and his experience must have taught him the lovely patience shown by the father as he and his daughter play a treasured “question game.” Waber was beloved as an author for his Lyle the Crocodile series, Courage, The Mouse that Snored and Ira Sleeps Over. The illustrations by Suzy Lee are joyful, bright and child-like. Suzy Lee won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books for her books, Wave and Shadow and lives in Seoul, Korea.
Enjoy reading these exceptional children’s books with your family. They are each unique and special, and are books families will cherish over all the seasons.