Hello friends and welcome to my first TBR post of 2020! One of my reading goals for the year is to read more children’s books, especially picture books, so I can do a better job recommending books to patrons at the library and have a bigger repertoire to choose from for story times. In that spirit, one of my goals for January is to read 5 children’s books, including 4 picture books and 1 middle grade.
Today, I’ll be sharing some of the books I hope to read this month to fulfill my goals.
- Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala | Meenal Patel – This book is about a little girl learning about her Indian heritage through her grandfather. I picked this book because I saw it on our new books shelf, and I want to encourage people to check out our new books, so I decided to pick something that looked interesting and was diverse.
- Pokko and the Drum | Matthew Forsythe – POKKO AND THE DRUM is about a little frog whose parents give her a drum and how she plays music loudly in the forest with a bunch of other animals. I’m reading this one partially because it’s on our new shelf and also because I have to read it for an upcoming meeting where we’re having a book discussion.
- My Hair is a Garden | Cozbi A. Cabrera – This book talks about hair care and hair positivity, which I think is a message a lot of my little girls would love to hear. I chose this book because it was one of the ones on display on the shelf that our shelver put out and it looked good. I also want to read more picture books with black protagonists because my library’s community is largely African American.
- Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party | Kimberly Dean & James Dean – If you don’t have little children in your life, you probably don’t know this, but kids LOVE the PETE THE CAT books. They have quirky illustrations featuring animals and Pete learns a lot of lessons about life with the help of his friends. PETE THE CAT is always a good series to use for story time because kids love him.
- Maybe Something Beautiful | F. Isabel Campoy – I’ve already read this one but I’m including it anyway because it was on my January TBR. It’s about a little girl who meets an artist who helps paint her gray city and make her community vibrant and beautiful.
- Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle | Hilda Eunice Burgos – I picked this book because it was an American Library Association award winner a couple years ago and I got an old ARC copy recently at a children’s department meeting. This book is about a little girl who dreams of going to a fancy private school that could change her life.