Woo hoo! New picture books came in and I really enjoyed these:
The Secret Project by Jonah Winter and Jeanette Winter
This nonfiction picture book is an excellent introduction to an incredibly powerful part of recent science history, the invention of the atomic bomb. Living in New Mexico, close to Trinity Site anything set here peaks my interest. In an understandable way, the author details the secrecy and importance of what the scientists did in the secret lab in the secret town and captures a little of how their daily lives were lived in such a remote area. The text concentrates on the secrecy and scientific importance of the project but does not overlay moral judgement of if it "should" have been done.
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling by Timothy Basil Ering
Apropos of the title, I unexpectedly fell in love with the story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. From his beginning as a precious cargo to his lonely adventure on the sea, Alfred Fiddleduckling is special. I melted when I saw the illustration of him discovering the fiddle (I play violin so I already have a soft spot here) and learning the magic of the sounds he could make. The rest of the story is haunting but beautiful and the author cleverly lets the young readers finish the story on their own.
Good Night! Good Night! by Carin Berger
If you've ever had to put a toddler (or toddlers) to bed... read this! You'll laugh at the accuracy!
Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Poor Little Louie has a cold. And, even though he's a big boy, he wants his mom when he doesn't feel good. Unfortunately for him, his stuffy nose confuses everybody so that his beloved dog, Bob comes trotting to the rescue every time Louie calls for "Bob (mom)!" I love the indicative font that shows who Louie is calling when the mistake happens (hint, look for the heart). It's just a sweet story of how important mom really is and how she can make things better even when you're sick.
More to come!