This November, we asked children's author, Gianna Marino, what children's book she loves:
The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was originally published in French in 1943 and has since become a classic and staple in children's literature around the world. Recently, there's been a reemergence of it in an array of formats to enjoy. Here are just a few you may be able to find in our stores:
For the wee ones, introduce them to the beloved story before they can even read it themselves!
For the 6-8 range. The illustrations in this edition are based off the film version coming out soon.
This is version I think most of us are familar with. Just right for the middle readers (8-12) or adults wondering what it's all about!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Like this one..
And this one with the original text!
We also wouldn't want to leave it out of the coloring craze! (But seriously, it looks gorgeous!!)
Finally, if you've already read and colored this beautiful story, there's a movie coming out March 2016... bring tissues, I'm tearing up already!
Random House announced they'll be publishing Little Golden Books starring everyone's favorite disgruntled kitty, Grumpy Cat!
I mean, seriously?! Who couldn't love that?!
Well... maybe Grumpy Cat herself...
The Little Grumpy Cat That Wouldn't is set to come out in July 2016. Read more about it at Galley Cat.
I absolutely loved The Nest by Kenneth Oppel.. It's the story of Steven, a boy whose struggling family is doing their best to care for a sick newborn baby whose health isn't improving. One night, Steven begins to have dreams about strange, flying beings who say they want to help his sick brother... but as their visits continue, Steven begins to suspect that they might really be after something else.
I read the whole thing in a day, and couldn't put it down. Steven is a rare protagonist in fiction -- a sensitive, thoughtful boy who acts as a nurturer and protector. And though supernatural elements form the crux of the tension here, the setting of a family struggling around health issues and disability should be familiar to many readers, both young and old.
The book is truly scary, and doesn't pull its punches. Though nothing too terrible actually happens, there are legitimate, believable life-and-death stakes, and this goes a long way toward making this book the gem it is. The story is ultimately optimistic, and has a great, poignant message about accepting uncertainty and celebrating imperfection.
David- Books Inc. Berkeley
Today I visited one of our local publishers, Chronicle Books for their Spring 2016 preview event! They have amazing books on their line up! Can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeves!
P.S. Molly Idle's new book Flora and the Peacocks is gorgeous, of course!