We’ve been enjoying these three quality picture books for kids ages 3-8 and grades preschool – third grade! Each is beautifully written and shares a story kids and parents will enjoy.
by Barry Falls
Pavilion Children’s (3/2021); ISBN: 978-1843654841; Hardcover $16. 95; Ages 4-8; 32 pages
A richly illustrated laugh-out-loud tale with a fun story and subtle message of how it’s good to have friends.
There once was a boy called Billy McGill
who lived by himself at the top of a hill.
He spent every day in his house all alone
for Billy McGill liked to be on his own…
Billy lives a peaceful existence until one day he hears the squeak of a mouse. Instantly, his peaceful existence is destroyed! He sets out to catch the mouse by employing a cat. But instead of ridding his place of the mouse, the cat and the mouse become friends! Determined to rid his place of the mouse and now the cat too, he enlists a dog to chase the at away. But, you guessed it. The dog, cat, and mouse all played together.
But he’s not done yet, he tries a few wild animals that will surely do the job. But every animal fails and becomes part of the pack until his house is filled with animals and there’s no room for him! Billy discovers that home is better with friends after all.
More from Author Barry Falls
The Last Tree
by Emily Haworth-Booth
Pavilion Children’s (March 2, 2021); ISBN-10: 1843654849/ISBN-13: 978-1843654841/ Reading age: 4 – 8 years / Grade level: Preschool – 3
This is the story of a group of friends who are looking for a place to call home. They try the desert, but it’s too hot. The valley? Too wet. Mountains? Too windy! They finally find the perfect home – the forest. It doesn’t take long for them to build their homes which grow out of control. They decide to build a huge wall to shut out adverse weather so that their home retains its perfection.
Unfortunately, controlling the environment as they did, created a place without everything it needed to survive. Soon there was only one tree standing in what used to be their perfect forest. It’s up to the children to figure out how to overcome the problems.
More to read from Emily Haworth-Booth
While You’re Sleeping
by Mick Jackson illustrated by John Broadley
Pavilion Children’s; Illustrated edition (February 2, 2021) / ISBN-10: 1843654652; ISBN-13: 978-1843654650 / Reading age: 4 – 8 years / Grade level: Preschool – 3 / 40 pages
This is the first children’s book by Mick Jackson. He’s an award-winning novelist and screenwriter from the UK. His wonderful story is a great way to introduce young children to the world that comes alive after the sun goes down and the rest of us head to bed.
He shares important jobs that are done from bread baking to medical care provided in the wee hours of the morning. But he goes beyond what we humans are doing to prepare for the next day and shares that the animal world too has its nighttime creatures like bats, owls, and other wildlife.
The author also shares that while we sleep, the other half of the world is awake and eating, playing, and learning. It’s a fabulous way to allow a child to see beyond their world and into the lives of others.
What more? Read additional Pavilion Children’s Books we’ve reviewed here