Voting With a Porpoise [Sean Callahan and Russell Glass]

Sean Callahan and Russell Glass' Voting With a Porpoise is probably the most important children's book I've seen published lately. It's filled with clever rhymes and captivating illustrations. The book uses an incredibly clever story to entice children into understanding the importance of voting. And this is all in the hopes that one day, when they're old…

A Story About Cancer (with a Happy Ending) [India Desjardins]

I'm not sure whether this is my mistaken preconceived notions regarding how the story would go, but A Story About Cancer (with a Happy Ending) by India Desjardins and illustrated by Marianne Ferrer was a lot darker than I thought it would be. I guess the inclusion of a happy ending didn't mean that the story would…

Ahmed’s Journey [Jill Apperson Manly]

Ahmed's Journey by Jill Apperson Manly is a fairly quick children's book with engaging illustrations detailing the experience of a young boy who deals with the anxiety of participating in the traditional camel races of his country and family. A wonderful way of introducing more diversity into the available children's books, Ahmed's Journey portrays emotions and feelings…

STEAM Stories: The Picnic Problem [Jonathan Litton]

I picked up The Picnic Problem by Jonathan Litton largely due to the fact that it was labeled as a STEAM book, one meant to promote the learning and understanding of a subject within that particular set of fields. While I'd love to see one that focused on technology, it was still wonderful to see a…

My Island [Stephanie Demasse-Pottier & Seng Soun Ratanavanh]

My Island by Stephanie Demasse-Pottier and Seng Soun Ratanavanh is the sort of book that will really capture a kid's attention if they're into pictures and images. Since, typically, that's most children I can definitely see this book being a success to an extent. It's very pretty and colorful, filled with a multitude of exciting…