Each month we post an annotated bibliography of books that were rated ‘Outstanding’ and nominated for our Distinguished List at our previous month’s meeting. Members can see full reviews of these books and many more in the June edition of BayViews. Not a member? Join, come to our monthly meetings, and hear about these Outstanding books in person!
The Great Indoors written by Falatko, Julie and illustrated by Chan, Ruth; Disney/Hyperion, 2019.
As the humans leave to rough it in nature, the animals come in to enjoy a week of relaxing in the house. The story is a wink to adults who have endured long camping trips, which may be over kids’ heads; however, the charmingly goofy illustrations should keep their attention. (Grades PreK-3.)
You Are Light written and illustrated by Becker, Aaron; Candlewick, 2019.
Using a poetic text, this innovative book describes the importance of the sun and how it impacts the environment. The pages have die-cut circles, some with plastic, translucent inserts, requiring readers to hold it up to the light to see various related colors, so the board pages have a purpose. (PreK-2.)
Mammals! written by Forshaw, Nick and illustrated by Exley, William; What On Earth, 2019.
Cute, cartoonish illustrations partner with accessible scientific descriptions of many mammals. The most exciting feature of the books is a 6-foot long foldout timeline jammed full of illustrations of mammals throughout history. Backmatter includes a puzzle, quiz, glossary, and index. (2-6.)