Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth
Penny and Her Song
Little mouse-girl Penny has a song in her heart. Well, it’s not just in her heart, because she likes to belt it out. Henkes understands the way families make memories in his first easy reader, an adorable opener to the Penny series.
Sleep like a Tiger
A young girl can’t sleep until she wonders about various animals and what they do for a night’s rest. A lyrical text and magical art touch a familiar childhood complaint with enchantment in this luminous offering.
This Is Not My Hat
This subversive follow-up to I Want My Hat Back (2011) features a minnow who absconds with the hat belonging to a much larger fish. In addition to the knockout page turns and fantastic fish-eye expressions, this includes an LOL scene involving a snitching crab.
Z Is for Moose
It’s just your basic abecedarian animal parade—except that Moose is a tad overeager, crowding the early alphabet with annoying anticipation. When M goes to Mouse, Moose is devastated, then petulant. Is there a way to appease him by Z? (Spoiler: yes.)