When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani

Book cover of sun and moon close in sky
Book Genre "Learning" with "Learn" spelled in blocks

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Do you think the Sun could get lonely up there in the big sky all by itself? This story is the tale of just that! After getting tired of being alone in the sky day after day, the Sun sets out on an adventure to find the perfect match…the Moon!

I thought this was a really cute children’s story of a light-hearted search for love in the great big atmosphere. It was a well-written and had my kids completely engaged. I loved how the Sun was getting “burnt out” and needed the support of another to help out. A very cute and fun read overall!

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Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days by Caitlin Bangsund

Book Cover with girl throwing lemons and happy
Book Genre Block with image of group of children

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Marvellous Macey is certain quite the fabulous little lady! She is filled with joy and happiness, and just looking at her smile makes you smile!

I liked how the story lets the reader know that Macey has challenges in her everyday life. There are things that are hard for her to do, but she doesn’t let those keep her down. She has so many talents and special qualities that she excels at, and she takes full advantage of those!

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Shoe Wars by Liz Pichon

Book Genre Block - "Middle Grade" with girl reading book
Book Cover with two shoes that have turned into monster faces

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story is full of fun, laughs, dogs, and an evil shoe villain…what more could a middle-grade reader ask for?

Told through a narrator that grabs your interest right from the start, this is a book that is hard to put down. It’s light-hearted, but still managed to hit on topics of importance. I really enjoyed that this is a chapter book, but had create illustrations throughout the pages to help support the story.

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Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Book Genre Block - "Middle Grade"

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a child, I had allergies to every kind of animal, so my heart went out to Maggie in this book! It’s hard to be a kid and not be able to get a pet when you want one so bad!

I really enjoyed that this story hits on multiple situations that young readers deal with in every day life. There is friendship and fights, new siblings, and of course, our pet drama and allergies. In graphic novel format, this story flew by! This was a well-written, wonderful book, and readers will really connect with Maggie and her story!

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Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner

Book Cover with three children in a library

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mickey on the Move is a story that features a young boy with cochlear implants starting at a new school. I thought this was an awesome story to introduce children to our differences and celebrate them.

I loved the Mickey teaches us about difficulties that he’s already figured out how to overcome, but we also get to experience some with him. It was a nice balance throughout the story.

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Journey To A New Earth by Zeiny Sher and Zuzana Svobodová

Book cover - Panda and Koala
Book Genre Block - "Animals" with image of toy animals lined up

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A koala and a panda befriending each other and learning how to care for their Earth. It’s a beautiful story with a message that is important not only to children but to everyone.

I really liked how Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala meet each other. There doesn’t seem to be any other family or friends around, and the two stumble across each other. As they walk and become friends, they finally come across a tree that provides some very good advice about how to care for their Earth.

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Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This story, you guys, I was inspired by it! My kids adored it, but I did too! As a parent, I like it when a children’s book can be enjoyable for me to read, but I love it when I actually take something away from it!

Esmeralda Dragon works at the ballet company, running the spotlight for the dancers. Once the dancers go home though, she takes the stage and performs for no one but herself to the whistling of the janitor. When auditions open for the ballet company, the janitor encourages Esmeralda to audition. Everything goes a bit right, then a bit wrong for her, but at each juncture, she chooses to not give up. But, then she does give up, and she has a friend who reminds her not to.

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Garbo and the Case of the Wet Footprints by Gretchen Cleveland

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such a fun story! Garbo the investigator is a turkey with a wonderful knack for solving crimes. He’s funny but also serious about thinking through problems.

I loved the way Garbo encourages Jonah, his new friend to help him solve this mystery. He patiently waits while Jonah thinks through problems, and Garbo provides him with new ways to look at things. Best of all, when Jonah needs encouragement or to be rewarded for a good idea, Garbo is there with delicious rainbow marshmallows!

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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 Search for the Scepter by Julie Dinges

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such a fun mixture of fantasy and adventure in a children’s book! I loved the wonderful characters, and the mission the girls are on to rescue the scepter!

The two main characters in this story are two sisters and princesses. They awake to find a thief has stolen their father’s scepter and decide to take matters into their own hands and get it back! I loved that this adventure was just the two of them, striking out on their own to save something that is special to their father.

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Oliver the Ornament by Todd M. Zimmermann

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This version of the Oliver the Ornament came in a wonderful gift box with a special Oliver ornament! It was such an exciting surprise, and the kids were so excited to open the gift box and see the ornament and book!

This was a lovely story about the origin of ornaments as well as one family’s journey from the beginning of their family formation. I especially loved the story’s focus on the value of older things and that something isn’t worthless because it’s not new. Having the ornament hang on our tree is a great reminder to our children of the message in this story!

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