Hi Everyone!

As many of you know, I (Sara) have a 5-year-old daughter who, like her mommy, loves books. Lately, I have been getting a lot of young reader review copies and I figured what better way to review them, then to test them out on my young (learning stages) reader. Now since many of the books we have in the pile of “to review” are not ready for publication, I thought I would dig into her ENORMOUS bookshelf and pick out some of her current favorites. I might even ask my mother for some recommendations since she was (retired) a “young readers” specialist for Scholastic.

Below is Chloë’s top 5! (in no particular order)

1) The Pigeon Wants a Puppy: by Mo Willems

“He really, really, REALLY wants one. He’ll take really good care of it! What’s the matter–don’t you want him to be happy?”

2) Dream Big Little Pig: by Kirsti Yamaguchi

“Follow your
Dreams!”
“You go, Girl!”
“Dream Big, pig!”

“Poppy is a waddling, toddling pig with big dreams. She wants to be a star! But she soon discovers that’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s only when Poppy feels the magic of gliding and sliding, swirling and twirling on ice that our most persistent pig truly believes in herself: Poppy, star of the rink!”

3) Tea for Ruby: by, Sarah ‘The Duchess of York’ Ferguson

“Ruby does her best to have good manners—yet no matter her efforts, she just can’t seem to succeed. But when Ruby receives a mysterious surprise invitation to tea with the Queen, she is especially determined to polish her poise. She goes from the postman to her brother to the playground to her parents, trying her hardest to have manners befitting a princess. Will she ever manage to be proper in time for tea at the palace?”

4) Pete the Cat: (They are all great) by, Eric Litwin (author) James Dean (illustrator)

“Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as we steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin’ and groovin’ and singing his song…because it’s all good.”

5) A Bad Case of Stripes: by, David Shannon

“Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in… a bad case of stripes!”

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Sara O'Connor

A dreamer, a writer, a critic, an avid reader and the endless seeker of enlightenment through education. Basically, that translates to a girl who loves to read and discusses what she is reading and writing with anyone who will listen so that she doesn’t have to think about her obscenely large student loan debt. She holds a BA in pre-law, a Masters from Northeastern University in Communication Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing and Personal Branding and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing, but believes she has learned the most from writing…lots and lots of writing. She is also the owner of the literary and lifestyle business marketing an management firm, Voir Media Group.
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