Although we advise our children never to judge a book by its cover, the truth is that book covers and illustrations do matter. Children are drawn to vivid colors and energetic illustrations, and good cover art pulls them in from the beginning. Simon and Schuster have several new books that are sure to grab the attention of the younger set.
In Say What?, author Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrator Joey Chou explore the meaning of the animal sounds we know so well. With sing-song rhymes and a catchy rhythm, the text invites interaction, and the playful illustrations support the rhymes by giving the animals distinct, and often humorous personalities. Say What? is an endearing and fun read-aloud recommended for children aged 2-5.
The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice also explores the animal world, but in its own unique way. Author Kristen Balouch tells the story of a little girl looking for a friend who can handle her spunk and vivacious spirit. Although many animals run from the little girl, she finally finds a creature with a personality to match her own. I have a 6-year-old firecracker at my house, and this whimsical story, with bold and colorful illustrations, captured her attention immediately. The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice is fun and entertaining, and young children will relate to the little girl’s energy and spunk.
Although the book promotes a more peaceful feeling, illustrator Robert Goldrom uses bright, bold hues to capture the reader’s attention in Dream Away. Authors Julia Durango and Katie Belle Trupia set the stage for a fantastical father and son adventure. As the father reads the nightly bedtime story, both father and son slip away into a dream-like journey through the night sky. Along the way, they pass imaginative depictions of the clouds, the moon and mythical creatures. Friendly constellations also greet them as they travel. Dream Away is a perfect bedtime story, but it also fits well with science lessons for young children.
Children’s books are stories, but when illustrations are done well, the books become works of art. These three books from Simon and Schuster are pleasing to the eyes and ears, and they are sure to be hits with young readers.
Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.