MADreads for Kids

A review of Bear & Hare, Where’s Bear? by Emily Gravett

The Bear & Hare books are such fun to share with young readers! Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the humor and charm of each one – and you will, too! To practice counting and have a first introduction to hide-and-seek, check out Bear & Hare, Where’s Bear? (Simon & Schuster, 2016). The pacing is perfect – and the illustrations are very silly. Readers get to practice counting from 1 to 10 several times as bear and hare take turns hiding. When Hare can’t find Bear at the very end, ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 6, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Winner of the coveted 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, Wolf in the Snow artistically explores themes of moving beyond fear and mistrust of “the other” to a place of caring and helping. Cordell’s watercolor illustrations depict a little girl and a wolf cub who find each other in a blizzard that renders each of them lost ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 5, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety Thump by K.L. Going

Two siblings enjoy messy, active play all day long and then finish up the day with supper, a bath and a cozy bedtime routine. This story is told in the most mouth-pleasing rhythmic onomatopoeia that I’ve encountered in a long time. You can’t help but read it with a little bounce in your speech and yet the soft colors of the illustrations and the calm demeanor of each character as they go through their day, picking blueberries, baking a pie, eating it for dessert and then winding down at the end ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 23, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Those Pesky Rabbits by Ciara Flood

Bear lives alone, and that's just the way he likes it. But when a family of pesky rabbits moves in next door, knock knock knocking on bears door... his whole life is about to change. Fantastically told, Ciara Flood pairs her minimal text with illustrations that add layers to bear's grumpy responses to his neighbors. Bear tells the rabbits he is "too busy to help them chop wood!" when in the next page turn we see him snoozing in front of the fire while all the rabbits work together just outside ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
March 9, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Good night! Good night! by Carin Berger

Bunnies at bedtime saying goodnight may conjure up thoughts of ANOTHER classic bedtime story.  However....these bunnies aren't quite ready for "goodnight" just yet..  Mama Bunny gives the usual goodnight stories, songs, hugs and kisses but still her three little bunnies have other ideas in mind!  They want goodnight dances!  What?  Dances??  And jumping beans and monkeys and tickles.  Finally, Mama Bunny has enough and tucks those rambunctious bunny babies ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
February 23, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Earning multiple awards including a Newbery Honor, a Caldecott Honor (for illustration), and Coretta Scott King Honors for writing and for illustration, Crown celebrates one black boy’s experience in the barber’s chair, and how that fresh cut can elevate both self-esteem and self-confidence. James’ realistic illustrations are dazzling, with bold painterly strokes of color, that capture subtle nuances of feeling, character and setting. And Barnes’ words resonate with references to barbers as ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 15, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver today. A list of 2018 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Hello Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly Randolph ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned his ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

Grab your running shoes - we are off!  A little red cat sees an open front door, runs out, and the adventure begins.  He is chased by an alligator, then a bear and a chicken - in that order.  This nearly wordless book it so much fun on a couple of different levels.  Each page has a letter, both the upper and lower case, and a delightful picture the relates to the letter.  The reader has to figure out what word is being illustrated.  But your job is not done there, ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 9, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Not-So-Secret Society: Tale of the Gummy by Matthew Daley

Books that involve gangs of problem solving kids, hijinks and hilarity are perennially popular at my house. I checked this new book out because it looked like it fit that bill, and boy did it ever. Wherever this series goes I will follow. Madison, Dylan, Emma, Aidan and Ava are twelve years old, classmates, and members of the Not-So-Secret Society.   The Not-So-Secret Society is first seen ready to explore a hidden world under the subway when they are interrupted by an alarm telling them ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 6, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Where will I live? by Rosemary A. McCarney

People all over the world are often forced to leave their homes. Sometimes they leave because of war, hunger, or disaster. Sometimes they leave to find better opportunities. But the question that comes next is always “Where Will I Live?” In this photo-story children from all over the world are depicted as they leave their old homes and journey to find new ones. No matter where someone comes from we all need the same things: a place to sleep, food to eat, and someone to love us. With simple text ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
January 26, 2018 | 0 comments