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Do you have or know any little ones who love to read? If so check out these three great books for young readers.
Three Great Books For Young Readers
My little guy loves to read, especially to his cousins. Each of these books offer great stories, and amazing illustrations. Here are three books that my son and my nieces found great! I am sure that your young readers will too.
Have I Ever Told You?
By Shani M. King and illustrated by Anna Horváth
This little book holds the message of dignity that every child on this earth needs to hear: You are loved. You matter. You make me smile. You make me the happiest person in the world, just by being you.
“Have I ever told you that, for me, there is no one more special than you? That for me, you are the most special child in the world, and that I love you now and will love you forever? Have I ever told you that?”
Shani King wrote Have I Ever Told You? as a note to his children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they want to be in this world. The illustrations create a masterful visual narrative: warm, witty, simple, profound, and as ferociously empowering as a children’s book can be.
About the Author
Shani King is a professor of law and director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Proud father of a daughter and a son, he loves empowering children in whatever way he can. When he is not writing, he loves spending time with his wife and children, running, reading, and playing the drums.
Anna Horvath makes colorful and magical paintings full of surprising details, sinuous lines, and funny creatures. Her mission is to encourage children to use their imaginations and dare to see the world differently. Anna lives in Switzerland with her wonderful children and husband and can be visited at www.annabies.me.
Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse
by Patty Brozo and illustrated by Ana Ochoa
From its humorous opening through its sad midpoint and uplifting end, Miss Pinkeltink’s story shines a light on humanity. This story with children as agents of positive change reminds us again that communities are best known by their treatment of the disadvantaged among them.
“Rosy-cheeked and quite antique, Miss Pinkeltink / carried everything but the kitchen sink. / Her purse was so big that it dragged on the floor. / When she rode on the bus it got stuck in the door.”
Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, and then gives it all away. She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty: Miss Pinkeltink’s gifts never quite hit the mark, / but she gave what she had, and she gave from the heart. And then, with nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain. And that’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done.Color throughout
About the Author
Patty Brozo (Green Valley, AZ and Traverse City, MI) has been writing stories for and about children since taking creative writing classes in college. She is the author of Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse and The Buddy Bench.
Ana Ochoa lives in Mexico and learned the art of children’s book illustration from M. Claude Lapointe at L’Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in France. Her illustrations for Storms in a Bottled Sea were selected for the Illustrators Exhibition in Bologna in 1997. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Taiwan, New Delhi, Bratislava, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. She has worked for major publishing houses in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Her book The Chocolate Boy―with its main character a little Haitian boy who is subjected to discrimination and ignorance in a foreign land―was published in 2010 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
by Cheon Yooju
One day, a cat and dog meet on a bench. The cat eats her lunch. The dog reads his book. But the sun twinkles, the breeze blows, and there’s something sweet in the air…
This is a beautifully illustrated story of the joys of spring and finding a new friend.
About the Author
Yooju Cheon was born in Seoul. She studied picture book illustration at Hills. Her previous book is My Mind.
About In Blossom, she says, “Once spring blossom comes, I don’t want to do anything but watch blossom all day long. More than anything I love watching soft flowers bloom from ancient trees.”