November Book Reviews

Fall is here and more of Dolly’s book picks are being sent to mailboxes near you! Here are mini-reviews for a modern classic that will be sent to little readers (Group 2–born in 2021) and a new winter tale that will be sent to preschoolers (Group 5–born in 2018) which is sure to delight!

Goodnight, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann

Families have loved this classic picture book for decades. With minimal text, the illustrations really drive this adorable and amusing bedtime story. What will happen when a mischievous gorilla swipes the zookeeper’s keys from his pocket?

“Goodnight, Gorilla.
Goodnight, Elephant.”

Books with few words give readers the freedom to spark creativity. Ask your child to make predictions as you turn the pages. This will help them understand cause and effect as well as develop vocabulary. You can also discuss the various types of animals or make animal sounds to make it more fun.

Goodnight, Gorilla was recognized as an ALA Notable Children’s Book for 1994. Rathmann also received a Caldecott Medal for her picture book Officer Buckle and Gloria.

Ten Ways to Hear Snow
by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Kenard Pak

Lina treks through the snow to visit her Sitti (grandmother) in this heartwarming story about a Lebanese family. She struggles to see through the brightness, but counts the ways she can hear snow along the way—a shovel digging, her boots crunching, a blue jay knocking snow from a branch. Once she arrives at Sitti’s, the two make stuffed grape leaves together and talk about the blizzard.

“The world sounded softer, but the noises she heard were clearer.”

This winter tale about family connections is comforting and delightful. Snuggle up with your little one and discuss loved ones in your own family. Have your child repeat the “snow sounds” with you. Marvel together at the whimsical pictures that enhance this truly sweet story.

Camper is a school librarian and also the author of the Lowriders in Space graphic novel series. Pak has worked for Dreamworks and Disney in addition to illustrating books for children. He is the author and illustrator of the seasonal picture book series “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn.”

Published by wacobookmom

Amanda Urabe has written book reviews for publishing houses such as Simon & Schuster and narrated a reading app for children. Alongside her husband and their two sons, she re-located to Waco three years ago from Los Angeles. Then known as L.A. Book Mom, she maintained a blog and hosted story time at local businesses and farmers markets to promote the joy of reading in her community. With a degree in Education and a passion for literacy, she is thrilled to be working with Imagination Library of Waco.

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