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Best Books: The One and Only Ivan

In a world where we are being faced with bullying, loneliness, and school shootings it is hard to completely understand the fears, isolation, and loneliness that children and teens are dealing with. As adults we see the world as it is, but children are still learning how the world functions, and how to deal with the emotions that result from living in that world. Sometimes children need help to understand those emotions.

Katherine Applegate’s book, The one and Only Ivan introduces a lonely and isolated Gorilla that has lived in captivity for 27 years. Ivan meets a baby elephant named Ruby that has been taken from the wild. Throughout the novel the two interact on a human level, they share their fears, their hopes, their dreams. As readers we get to see the world from Ivan’s perspective. It details the essence of childhood. The limits of understanding, the boxed in protection that becomes a cage, the loss of innocence as the real world takes shape around them, but through it all is a friendship and humor that helps them to navigate this strange world. The world that Applegate has created allows children to place themselves in Ivan’s place and follow him on his journey of self-actualization and his quest in to the real world of adult-hood. Throughout this journey the readers are able to confront their own emotions and reconcile their own experiences with loneliness and isolation.

The book brings humor, joy, and sadness as it tells the story of Ivan and Ruby. Readers will enjoy the friendship and humor as they learn some deeper lessons. It makes for an excellent read, and if parents read it as well it can open up doors and opportunities for discussion about what kids are really going through today.

Halloween Books: The Spooky Wheels on the Bus

The month of ghosts, ghouls, spiderwebs, and pumpkins is upon us! Little boys and girls everywhere are excited for that night of crazy costumes, fun with friends, and spooky thrills. Why not start this month off right with a fabulous story perfect for getting your little ones, and the whole family, into the spooky spirit? The Spooky Wheels on the Bus.

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus

This adorable book written by J. Elizabeth Mills is a new and spooky take on the children’s classic, “The Wheels on the Bus.” Now you and your kids can read and sing along to this fun and freaky Halloween themed story book. It is quickly becoming a holiday classic as it brings to mind all the great things we love about the season. Not only is it a fun story but it is a great song to sing with your kids every October in preparation for Halloween.

Make this book part of your family holiday traditions this Halloween. Bring it home and sing it loud as you learn all the great new ways that the wheels on the bus go round and round this Halloween season.

Boy Books: Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes

Do you have a little one that is just starting school? Is he a little nervous about exploring in a new school with new kids and new teachers? Well he might just enjoy meeting Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat is the incredible cartoon cat created by illustrator James Dean and writer Eric Litwin. This incredibly cool cat is a favorite of kids with his cool demeanor, his love for music, and his ability to show kids all about the world around them with a unique perspective. Now they can follow him through school as he learns all about school, new teachers, the library, and all the other new spaces that make up a first day at school. Pete the Cat is rocking his first day in his new school shoes. He grooves, dances, and slides through the campus learning all about school and singing his cool song. Kids will love his adventurous spirit, cool songs, and deliberate dance moves. While he shows them around school they will feel even better about their own first days at a new school.

Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes

Pete the Cat has other incredibly cool adventures that will wow your kids all year long. Check out Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes, and Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons. All the Pete the Cat books are great for early readers, ages 4-8 and will impress parents and kids.