At Night by Margaret Peot

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Book Genre Block - "Animals" with image of toy animals lined up

Rating: 4 out of 5.

At night, there is a whole other world that wakes up under the light of the moon. In At Night, Margaret Peot brings the nighttime adventures of animals to life through the pages!

This is a beautiful picture book that shows children how different animals behave during the night. I really enjoyed the short sentences on each page, and how those words coupled with the illustrations really allow the child to see what happens with each animal!

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Rambee Boo’s Lake Vacation by Reena Korde Pagnoni

"Childrens" Genre Block - 4 kids laying on stomachs looking at book
Rambee Boos Lake Vacation with dog holding fishing pole in mouth in front of car and travel gear
Book Genre Block - "Animals" with image of toy animals lined up

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute book with Rambee Boo the dog as our main character. Rambee Boo and his family are heading out for a lake vacation. We get to see each day’s adventures and fun, but there’s always something that Rambee Boo keeps losing! Thankfully, it gets returned each day!

I think this was a really fun story about a loving, adventurous family pet and his special lovely toy. My daughter enjoyed the story and Rambee Boo himself! The illustrations are bright and perfectly match the story, providing great assistance for a young reader to visualize what is happening.

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Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! by Marlene M. Bell

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Book Cover - girl hugging a sheep
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a beautiful children’s book that provides a lovely story of friendship, family, and responsibility. Mia and Nattie’s relationship shows a beautiful bond and understanding between a girl and her sheep.

Nattie is a sheep that was born a little different than the other sheep. Mia sees something special in Nattie and takes care of her, watching her flourish, and noticing a special gift that Nattie has.

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Lunk by Connor Anvar

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love seeing children’s books that inspire children to love who they are. There are so many influences in the world pushing people to be the way others are, and it is important to remember that being you is special too.

Lunk is a chicken who wants to be special. He is given a magical object that allows him to be the version of himself that he thinks will be better. When he visits his friends though, they don’t even recognize him, and they don’t believe that Lunk is standing in front of him. Lunk learns that being something he is not, isn’t as great as he thought it would be.

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So You Want a Pet Dragon? by Tania Pourat

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was just adorable! If you have a child that has always wanted a dragon as a pet, this is a good way to show them all the struggles of having such a feisty beast!

For me, this book was all about the illustrations! They fit the story just wonderfully, and they were so much fun to look at and enjoy.

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The Adventures of Chips & Salsa by Cynthia Petillo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a great book for kids to learn a variety of lessons!
✔️ Friendship
✔️ Making new friends
✔️ Being in a new place
✔️ Bullying
✔️ Doing the right thing

Salsa is new to the neighborhood and meets Chips. They spend time playing in the dog park near their homes. They come across dogs that can be new friends, and other dogs that are not so nice. One day Salsa comes across a dog in trouble, but it’s one that was not nice in the past. What does Salso do?

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Cluck and Fluffy by Ceasar Castro

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love when children’s books address real-life situations that kids have to deal with. I think that it is so important to address these issues and provide the opportunity to learn and be better!

Cluck and Fluffy are an unlikely pair in this farm-yard story. Cluck is a new rabbit that has been placed in the chicken coop for a short time. The chickens are mean and shun him, making him feel like an outcast. When one chicken finally decides to befriend Cluck, they show that being mean and hurtful is not the right way to act.

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Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Friendship can come from the most unexpected places. Any children’s book that helps kids be accepting of others is a five-star in my mind!

Goat Girl lives on a boring, mundane farm where everything is extremely ordinary. Goat Girl is NOT ordinary. She likes adventure and trying new things. When she runs into Merle, she thinks he’s a cowboy because he’s a COW and a BOY. Merle, however, does not want to be called a cowboy. Goat Girl refuses to give up on pulling Merle out of his shell, and the two of them become quite the adorable pair.

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PINTO! by M.J. Evans

Rating: 5 out of 5.

PINTO! is the only horse to complete a 1912 – 1915 horseback journey to visit all forty-eight state capitols with the “Overland Westerners”. This book takes that real-life event and tells it through the eyes of Pinto. I really enjoyed M.J. Evan’s choice to make the horse the narrator of this story. It did create a fictionalized feel to the story, however, it was obvious that she had worked hard to research and provide real information surrounding this historic event.

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In the Heart of a Mustang by M.J. Evans

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the amazing connection between Hunter and his horse. I felt deeply connected to their bond, and I think it’s something horse-lovers are going to absolutely love as well!

How I Felt:

In the Heart of a Mustang introduces us to a young boy, Hunter, who has just found out that everything he knew about his father was a lie. Instead of his father being a soldier who died for his country, he is a convicted felon. Hunter is devastated by the lies, and at the shattering of a figure he deeply respected and looked up to. Heading to the Promise Ranch to find peace, Hunter encounters a horse that can help him mend what has been so deeply broken.

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The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony: Gunner Meets Stella by Lynne McGlothlen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I really enjoy seeing children’s books that help them to understand and manage their emotions. Adults struggle to handle their emotions sometimes, so helping a child to understand something can be extremely difficult. The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony is a wonderful book that introduces grief for a child in a way that is uplifting, and I loved that.

My Synopsis:

Gunner, a very special dog, is heading to work at the Hospice center. He enjoys helping people feel better when they are sick or sad. He meets Stella at the center, a young girl who is visiting her sick grandmother.

Stella and Gunner become fast friends, and Gunner helps Stella to understand her emotions and help her to feel a bit better. He promises to tell her more stories when they see each other again, which makes me think there might be more Poodle Pony books coming!

How I Felt:

I thought this story was written so that it is easy for a child to understand. It is told through Gunner’s perspective, which makes it fun for a child, but Stella’s emotions are easy to relate to.

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Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday by Alysson Foti Bourque

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday had so many elements to the story that are great for children! There was family, doing the right thing, trying to help, and being honest. I loved how all of these topics were woven into the story!

How I Felt:

The characters center around a brother and sister, Bugsy and Aly. Bugsy believes that he is only able to play golf well with his special golf ball. He doesn’t have the confidence in himself to be able to play well without it. Aly has a good heart with well-intended actions. I liked that her emotions showed a real love for her brother. She wanted him to do well but also wanted him to see that he could believe in himself.

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