4 Children's Books You And Your Kids Will Enjoy

How It Works by Valorie Fisher - Is probably one of my favorites of the year so far. I love books like this that explain every day items in a fun, colorful, interesting way.

Valorie Fisher takes infographics to a new level with bright, colorful visuals that are perfect for young, inquisitive minds. Her eye-catching mix of photographs and illustrations compels readers to dive in and explore how things work -- from paper airplanes to straws, crayons to kites, pencils to boats.

This book will answer questions kids have long wanted answers to, and go on to answer questions they didn't even know they had! Do you know why your shadow changes shape throughout the day? Do you know how a whistle makes that trilling sound? How about why a rubber ball bounces? All of these questions and more are explained in this exciting book, the first of two in the Now You Know series. With the growing focus on STEM for this early age group, Now You Know How It Works is perfectly timed to reach that early reader and instill a love of STEM from day one.

There are 28 pages of interesting things like:

How to make a paper airplane and boat.
How pencils are made
The parts of a toaster and how it toasts your bread and so much more. 

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If You Are Groovy and You Know It Hug A Friend by Eric Litwin #1 New York Times bestsellers Eric Litwin (Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes) and Tom Lichtenheld(Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site) are back, and adding a groovy twist to the classic children's song "If You're Happy and You Know It." This story will have little ones singing, dancing, and grooving along to a new favorite beat. Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations, come together to create a character that will have you singing all day long. Groovy Joe is back, ready to get groovy!

The illustrations are adorable. I love the pup who is just so happy and always in a good mood. He will have you and your little ones in the best of moods. Who can be moody when you are getting hugs? Don't blame me if you find yourself singing this groovy song.

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Surprise by Caroline Handilaksono - Bear, Squirrel, and Raccoon have been friends a long time. A loooooooong time. So when a family of city folks comes to the neighborhood, the friends think that a surprise welcome party is just the kind of fun they've been looking for. Well, the party turns out to be quite the surprise indeed, but maybe not exactly what Bear, Squirrel, and Raccoon were imagining?
Laugh-out-loud fun for friends and families of all species.

What a cute book. Bear, Squirrel and Raccoon are so sweet. They want to throw a surprise party for "new friends" (people from the city). They set up the party at the camp site while the family is away all ready for their return. When they return they yell "SURPRISE" which frightens the family away.  Thankfully they left all their stuff so the animals enjoy the party together.

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Page Fright by Wade Bradford

This is the story of a little girl named Goldilocks. Well, that's what it's supposed to be, but there's a problem. When Papa Bear discovers he's inside of a book and there are readers out there looking at him, he gets very nervous and forgets his lines. Poor Papa Bear . . . he has Page Fright! Can Mama Bear, Baby Bear, and Goldilocks help him find the courage to remember his lines and finish the story?
  • 32 pages.
  • Full-color picture book.
  • Hardcover with dust jacket.
  • Book measures 11-1/4 inches wide by 8-3/4 inches high.
Author Wade Bradford was born and raised in rainy Washington state but eventually decided to move to sunny California to dry out a bit. He is the author of several picture books, and over 30 plays for children. He has never eaten porridge, hot or cold. Mary Ann Fraser has written and illustrated many books for children, including No Yeti Yet. Her awards include Junior Library Guild Selections, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Book Links Book of the Year, IRA Young Reader's Choice Award, and American Booksellers ''Pick of the List.'' She lives in Simi Valley, California with her husband Todd, her three boys, 17 turtles, and a geriatric newt.

This book is so cute. I love the concept. My daughter kept saying "WOW they are breaking the fourth wall". We loved all the word bubbles and the fact that papa bear has Page Fright and while Mama, Baby Bear and Goldilocks had no problem with us the reader, Papa Bear was very nervous. He was so nervous that he tried to escape.

We loved the little bees on each page and the illustrations of Papa Bear trying to get out of the book. Very cute!

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Funny Children's Book by Child Author Aiden Dennis - The Advantures Of Captain Waffello-Toasty's Revenge

Get ready to be happily amazed and totally enthralled with The Adventures of Captain Waffello – Toasty’s Revenge by Aiden Dennis and his mother, illustrator Angie Butler.

Neurodiverse kids like those with ADHD often have trouble “sitting passively” through story time. This exciting, action-packed book approaches storytelling in a different way—it directly engages kids from the beginning! 

11-year-old author Aiden Dennis, diagnosed with ADHD, created a book experience he wishes he had when he was younger. His beautifully illustrated super hero and sidekick come to life with an interactive story.

Aiden lives with his family in Phoenix, Arizona. Interviews are available by arrangement upon request. 

I listened to the free audio book and was cracking up. Captain Waffello is going to save the world from burnt toast like the hero he is.  The Bad Guys have special powers like spatula smack down and the smolder. LOL. Captain Waffello has his own special powers like toaster throwing and terrible puns. He is good at what he does but he is extremely distractable.  Thankfully you, the reader, "Action Kid" will be helping Captain Waffello and his side kick Sir Rup. 

Kids will love this hysterical, interactive book.

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Free Puppet Show In Manhattan and Other Locations- PuppetMobile

Looking for something free to do with the family? Check out the upcoming PuppetMobile Performances popping up in Manhattan. 

The adorable show combines the classic childhood stories of The Big Bad Wolf and Goldilocks and The Three Bears, taking us on an interactive journey in order to make the Big Bad Wolf good! The FREE show is running all summer throughout NYC and is perfect for any age!

The modern-day fairy tale stars characters from the classic story, Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The Big Good Wolf takes audiences on a journey into the enchanted forest where the wolf seeks the help of his fairy godmice to change from bad to good. In order to change, the fairygod mice send the wolf on an adventure to help Baby Bear and her friend Goldilocks. Can the wolf complete his mission and change in time to become The Big Good Wolf? The original production was written by Jeff Borkin. Music by Daryl Kojak and lyrics by Daryl Kojak and Jeff Borkin. Editing and direction by longtime Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Artistic Director, Bruce Cannon.

Upcoming PuppetMobile Performances in The 5 Boroughs

7/18 - Bayside, NY - Crocheron Park @ 10:30AM
7/19 - Staten Island, NY - Stapleton Playground @ 11AM
7/20 - Manhattan, NY - St. Vartan Park @ 11AM
7/21 - Springfield Gardens, NY - Springfield Park @ 11AM
7/21 - Staten Island, NY - CPL Thompson Park @ 4PM
7/26 - Brooklyn, NY - Ablemarle Playground @ 10:30AM
7/28 - Bronx, NY - St. Mary’s Park @ 4PM 
8/1 - Queens, NY - Paul Raimonda Playground @ 10AM
8/2 - Staten Island, NY - Midland Beach @ 11AM
8/2 - Manhattan, NY - Union Square @ 11AM
8/4 - Brooklyn, NY - Bensonhurst Park @ 10:30AM
8/4 - Bronx, NY - Crotona Park @4PM
8/5 - Staten Island, NY - Faber Pool and Park @ 11AM
8/11 - Harlem, NY - St. Nicholas Playground South @ 11AM
8/12 - Manhattan, NY - Corlears Hook Park @ 4PM
8/15 - Brooklyn, NY - Fort Greene Park @ 10AM
8/16 - Queens, NY - Queensbridge Park @ 10AM
8/18 - Harlem, NY - Marcus Garvey Park @ 4PM
8/18 - Bronx, NY - Clinton Playground @ 11AM
8/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Owls Head Park @ 11AM
8/26 - Queens, NY - Travers Park @ 11AM
8/30 - Bronx, NY - Concrete Plant Park @ 11AM
8/31 - Bronx, NY - St. James Recreation Center @ 3PM
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