Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Books from Simon and Schuster Kids to Add to Your Child's Growing Library (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Before we say goodbye to May, check out these recent children's book releases from the folks at Simon and Schuster Kids.  I had the opportunity to share some of the following recent releases with my girls and they loved the books.  These books sure have made bedtime reading much more fun.  And, the new Ready-to-Go reading level books for beginner readers were just what my five year old daughter needed to feel more confident when it came to learning how to read.  Many of the words that fill the pages of these Pre-Level one books are basic sight words many early readers know or can sound out easily.  I can't wait to pick up more of these books to share with Bella and use with our homeschooling to get her ready for the Level One Ready-to-Read books.

Both of my girls are huge Olivia fans, and were excited to get the "Best Sister Ever" book in the mail to read together.  As I started to read the story, the girls both smiled as this is one of their favorite episodes which has already aired on television.  They have it on the DVR and have watched it countless times.  As soon as we were done reading this story, they quickly ran to the living room and put the episode on to see how it related to the book, and what parts were included in the book.  As the episode played, the girls had so much fun ruffling through the pages to find the page that went along with each part of the show.  This book has definitely become a favorite for the girls, and is one we read during the day, and if we don't fit it in, it is read at bedtime.  If your little one is a fan of Olivia, then you will want to make a point to pick up this new paperback to surprise your child with. 

Another popular book from the selection of new children's books we sent by the kind folks at Simon and Schuster Kids is "PJ Masks Save Headquarters."  This is a really fun interactive book that will have fans of the PBS Kids animated series, pulling tabs and lifting flaps to bring the adventure to life.  My girls both had a blast taking turns either lifting flaps or pulling tabs as they helped their favorite PJ Masks characters save the day from the evil Romeo.   This is one book I see the girls pulling from the bookcase at least once a day -- usually when they sit down to watch an episode of PJ Masks or shortly thereafter.  Little ones who can't read, will be able to follow along with the story read to them, or will simply love pulling and lifting tabs and flaps as they admire the colorful illustrations depicting scenes from this popular preschool animated series

My oldest daughter, Savannah, is able to read Ready-to-Read Level 1 and some Level 2 books, so she had fun reading the Strega Nona books we were sent.  Back in February we did a whole lesson on author Tomie dePaola and read a handful of Strega Nona books, followed up by arts and crafts, games and more.  Savannah was so excited to read this new releases, which we hadn't read before.  And, when she was done with the Strega Nona and Her Tomatoes book we made a point to plant more tomatoes in our garden for fun.  If your child is a fan of author Tomie dePaola or you grew up reading Strega Nona books and want to share these wonderful books with your child, then you will definitely want to check out these two new Ready-to-Read books for beginner readers.

School will be letting out soon, and most kids will be sent home with a summer reading list.  In addition to these required books, why not consider picking up a few of these recent releases that feature your child's favorite movie and television characters including Batman, Snoopy, Daniel Tiger, Olivia, Miffy and even PJ Masks.  


Batman and robins training day 9781481496308 hr


Batman and Robin's Training Day
(Adapted by R.J. Cregg, ISBN 9781481496308, 05/23/17)
 Batman: Mechs vs. Mutants!

Batman Battles Mr. Freeze

Batman Battles Mr. Freeze
(Adapted by Laurie S. Sutton; ISBN 9781481491792,05/23/17)
 Mechs vs. Mutants that comes with full-color images from the film throughout!
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481491785

Mechs vs Mutants

Mechs vs Mutants
(Adapted by Steve Korte, ISBN 9781481492232; 05/23/17)
The Penguin has teamed up with Mr. Freeze and it’s up to Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, and all of their friends to stop them in this action-packed novelization that includes an eight-page full-color insert with stills from the Batman animated film, Mechs vs. Mutants!
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481492225

Won't You Be My Neighbor?


Won't You Be My Neighbor
(Adapted by Rachel Kalban; ISBN 9781481478045; 05/02/17)
Come along with Daniel Tiger as he learns what it means to be a good neighbor in this grr-ific padded board book based on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Daniel Goes to the Carnival


Daniel Goes to the Carnival
(Adapted by Angela C. Santomero ; ISBN 9781481478083; 05/02/17)
 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood!

Daniel Tiger's 5-Minute Stories

Daniel Tiger's 5-Minute Stories
(ISBN 9781481492201; 05/16/17)
Twelve of Daniel Tiger’s most grr-ific adventures are now available in one dazzling edition!


Miffy Jumps for Joy


Miffy Jumps for Joy
(Adapted by Natalie Shaw; ISBN 9781481491723; 05/02/17)
Miffy’s dad surprises Miffy with a bouncy castle in this 8x8 storybook based on a popular episode of Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small.

Hide and Seek, Miffy!

Hide and Seek, Miffy!
(Adapted by Cala Spinner; ISBN 9781481492256; 05/02/17)
Miffy plays hide and seek in this sweet lift-the-flap board book based on an episode of the TV show Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small.

Best Sister Ever


Best Sister Ever
(Adapted by R.J. Cregg, ISBN 9781481488952, 05/23/17)
Olivia teams up with Ian to discover what their baby brother, William, loves the most in this adorable 8x8 storybook based on a popular episode!

Hugs for Snoopy

Hugs for Snoopy
(By Charles M. Schulz, ISBN 9781481495455, 05/02/17)
Peanuts fans of all ages will love this novelty board book about hugs with a touchable, lovable plush Snoopy face on the cover!

PJ Masks and the Dinosaur!

PJ Masks and the Dinosaur!
(Adapted by R.J. Cregg, ISBN 9781481491822, 05/02/17)


PJ Masks Save Headquarters!

PJ Masks Save Headquarters!
(Adapted by Daphne Pendergrass; ISBN 9781481495523, 05/02/17)
Take a tour of the PJ Masks’ top-secret headquarters—and help the heroes catch Romeo—in this sweet novelty board book based on the hit preschool series PJ Masks airing on Disney Junior!

Miffy Rides a Bike

Miffy Rides a Bike
(Adapted by Maggie Testa; ISBN 9781481495639; 05/02/17)
Miffy learns to ride a bike in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read story based on a popular episode of Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small.
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481495622


My Friend Lucky
(By David Milgrim; ISBN 9781481489027; 05/09/17)
Find a new friend in Lucky with this Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read version of the beloved “gentle concept book about opposites” (School Library Journal).
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481489010


Strega Nona and the Twins
(By Tomie dePaola; ISBN 9781481481380; 05/09/170
In this brand-new story from acclaimed author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, Strega Nona babysits twins in a Level 1 Ready-to-Read book that’s perfect for beginning readers!
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481481373

Strega Nona and Her Tomatoes

Strega Nona and Her Tomatoes
(By Tomie dePaola; ISBN 9781481481359; 05/09/17)
Discover brand-new stories about Strega Nona, by acclaimed author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read series that’s perfect for beginning readers!
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481481342

The Great American Story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang!

The Great American Story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang!
(By Chloe Perkins; ISBN 9781481495547; 05/16/17)
Now beginning readers can learn all about Charles M. Schulz’s iconic comic strips, beloved characters, and the cartoons and movies in this nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read about the history of the Peanuts Gang!
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481495530

Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku
(By Laurie Calkhoven; ISBN 9781481497015; 05/16/17)
Get to know the father of modern surfing in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet.”
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481497008

Who Can? Daniel Can!


Who Can? Daniel Can!
(By Maggie Testa; ISBN 9781481495196; 05/02/17)
Now very new readers can reach for the stars with Daniel Tiger in this book that’s part of an all-new Ready-to-Read level, Ready-to-Go!
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481495189            

Batman Is Fast!

Batman is Fast!
(By Maggie Testa; ISBN 9781481495349; 05/23/17)
Now very new readers can reach for the stars with Batman in this book that’s part of an all-new Ready-to-Read level, Ready-to-Go!
Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781481495332


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Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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