Saturday, November 9, 2019

Check Out These New Picture Books for Little Ones from Simon & Schuster -- Makes for a Great Bedtime Read or to Leave Under the Tree for Them! (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Pretty soon I will be sharing my recommendations for great new books to add your family's book advent, as you join my family in counting down the days until Santa's arrival.  I have so many great new Christmas-inspired books to share with you, from all my favorite children's book publishers.  But, before I start with all these fun holiday book reviews, I wanted to share a quick blog post featuring a few new picture books from Simon & Schuster.  In my previous post, I shared some of their new beginner and middle-grade chapter book releases, so I wanted to follow up and include some books for the younger audience.  So, without further ado, here are just a few of the new picture books worth picking up to share with your children, snuggled up on the couch at night, or during your bedtime quality time together.

(Also available in Kindle format)

About this Book:

"Learn all about artists who changed history in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for creators-in-training!

Painting, shaping, making art.
With creative joy, hands, and heart.

Little artists have great big imaginations.

In this follow up to This Little President, This Little ExplorerThis Little Trailblazer, and This Little Scientist now even the youngest readers can learn all about great and empowering artists in history! Highlighting ten memorable artists who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this creativity primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations."

My Thoughts:

This is kind of like a who's who book, but for little ones, all about famous painters in history.  My two girls have always been fans of these types of Little Simon books, and were excited to flip through the pages of this book and learn about the different artists and painters and their well-known masterpieces.

The board book is small enough to fit in a diaper bag to pull out and share with your child on the go.  With bright and colorful illustrations that are playful and fun, little ones will love the new "This Little Artist: An Art History Primer." Even though my girls are older, they still enjoyed this book, and were quick to point out the artists/painters they have already learned out, as well as their favorite art pieces.

About this Book:

"From #1 New York Times bestselling novelty creator Matthew Van Fleet comes an exciting book that teaches little ones the months of the year!

Join Oscar as he introduces preschoolers to the months of the year, texture, colors, and fascinating sea creatures. 

The cleverly textured pages will tickle fingertips and funny bones while revealing clues to what Oscar will catch next from a shiny friend to a surprise pop-up ending!"
My Thoughts:

This is a really cute board book that will teach little ones the months of the years, while also keeping little ones engaged with lift flaps and sensory touch detailing to each illustrated sea creature.  When my girls were little, they loved textured board books, bright and colorful illustrations. This would have been the perfect book to share with them to teach the months of year.  If you have a toddler or preschooler, I highly recommend this new interactive board book for little ones.

How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

(Also available in Kindle format)

About this Book:

"From New York Times Best Illustrated Book artist Stacy Innerst and author Sue Macy comes a story of one man’s heroic effort to save the world’s Yiddish books.

Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into dumpsters, rummaged around musty basements, and crawled through cramped attics. He did all of this in pursuit of a particular kind of treasure, and he’s found plenty. Lansky’s treasure was any book written Yiddish, the language of generations of European Jews. When he started looking for Yiddish books, experts estimated there might be about 70,000 still in existence. Since then, the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient has collected close to 1.5 million books, and he’s finding more every day.

Told in a folkloric voice reminiscent of Patricia Polacco, this story celebrates the power of an individual to preserve history and culture, while exploring timely themes of identity and immigration."

My Thoughts:

I was excited to get my hands on a copy of this book as I am originally from Massachusetts and and love learning about important people from my home state that did something memorable, like Aaron Lansky.  Aaron preserved Yiddish culture and history, thanks in part to a suitcase that never made it to the United States.

I really enjoyed this book and the illustrations that filled the pages of this book about Aaron Lansky.  Prior to this book, I  had never head of Aaron Lansky, but am so glad I had a chance to read about him and how he helped to save Yiddish literature for generations to come.  If you are looking for an interesting book about a rather unknown person in history, who had an impact on history, then I highly recommend this new picture book.

(Also available in Kindle format)

About this Book:

"A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.

When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination. 

When a nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, it became an Internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker, and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family, whose trip to a museum becomes an extraordinary moment, in a moving picture book.

Parker Looks Up follows Parker, along with her baby sister and her mother, and her best friend Gia and Gia’s mother, as they walk the halls of a museum, seeing paintings of everyone and everything from George Washington Carver to Frida Kahlo, exotic flowers to graceful ballerinas. Then, Parker walks by Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama…and almost passes it. But she stops...and looks up!

Parker saw the possibility and promise, the hopes and dreams of herself in this powerful painting of Michelle Obama. An everyday moment became an extraordinary one…that continues to resonate its power, inspiration, and indelible impact. Because, as Jessica Curry said, “anything is possible regardless of race, class, or gender.”


My Thoughts:

Just reading this book with my girls, made me want to bring my girls to the National Portrait Museum and Smithsonian American Art Museum to show them some of the most memorable and unforgettable portraits in history.  As I read this book to my girls, we lingered on each page to take in all the details of the different portraits and talked about their significance.  When we got to the Michelle Obama portrait, both of my girls let out "oohs" and "ahhs" as they stared at this breathtaking illustration.  They knew who the lady in the portrait was and were excited to see little Parker get excited about Michelle Obama, as they feel she is an amazing woman, too.  My girls are part Latina and have dark skin.  They were excited like so many other Americans when the Obama's made it to the White House.  Through their time there, my girls followed Michelle Obama and her initiatives including her community garden.  They really liked how she was all about helping children and trying to make the world a better place for kids, no matter their skin color.

When we finished this book, both of my girls, almost in unison, said this was a "great book."  They loved having me read it to them, and have since continued to pull it from the bookcase to have me  read to them, or read it on their own. And, whenever they get to the page with Michelle Obama's portrait, they linger for awhile, thinking about how they can do whatever they put their heart's and mind to, and that the world is there's to conquer and make a mark on, just like this famous First Lady has.  She has inspired girls and women to dream big, and has become someone my girls can look up, too, and want to be like.


Be sure to check out other fun new picture books from Simon & Schuster, that would make for great gift ideas for your little ones.

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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