Andrea - Amazing Children's Assistant
Having completed my BAE in Reading at EWU, I’ve gotten the chance to read A TON of awesome kids and teen books over the last few years. Feel free to ask me about my favorites!
"What book would I bring with me on a desert island? Physician's Desk Reference… hollowed out, inside: waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, NASA blanket, and, in case I get bored, Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone. No, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."
I make sure every new baby in my life owns this book. Using just four words, Emily Gravett tells a silly story with catchy rhythm.
As a fan of Rebecca Stead's Newberry winner, When You Reach Me, I couldn't pass up her next mystery for young readers. I expected it would be full of surprises, and it certainly didn't disappoint!
Chloe and the Lion is one of the most clever, unique picture books I've seen. It starts out as a story about a little girl named Chloe who collects change to buy a ticket for the merry-go-round. It quickly becomes a heated argument between the book's author and illustrator, but in the end, teaches us about the importance of collaboration and celebration of one another's special talents.
I dare you to open this book to any page and try not to laugh. Some of my favorite gems:
"Do you want to be the guard bunny? The guard bunny gets a sword."
"Um, she chopped my hand with a piece of bark because I said her pretend ice cream wasn't real? But also, I want some?"
"There's a bear over there in the bushes. It sells me things."
As a self-proclaimed introvert, I couldn't pass up reading this book. Quiet contains fascinating history of our culture's extrovert ideal, psychology and brain science comparing introverts and extroverts and most inspiring: case studies of successful introverts. Without introverts we wouldn't have Apple computers or iPods, Harry Potter or the Cat in the Hat. As Cain puts it, "there are many different kinds of powers in this world ... use well the kind you've been granted." Introverts, I guarantee this book will change the way you see yourself. READ IT!
Inside Out & Back Again, told in free verse, is based on the author's own experience of fleeing Vietnam during the war, moving to the United States and having to assimilate to a new culture. This book was eye-opening, heartbreaking and funny all at once. As a Newbery Honor and National Book Award Winner, it shouldn't be missed.
Although Mindy Kaling failed her attempt at luring Tina Fey into a Freaky Friday-type situation, fans of the self-deprecating humor of Fey's Bossypants will still adore this book. Kaling covers it all, from karaoke etiquette to your rights and responsibilities as a best friend. Plus, there's a nice big section all about her work on NBC's The Office, as a writer, producer, actress and sometimes director.