Saturday, October 31, 2020

Read Aloud Picture Book | Brightly Storytime - a bookwrap

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Brightly Storytime: 

Dr. Seuss’s Spooky Things

by the Brightly Editors

Our latest Brightly Storytime pick is a delightful Halloween treat for little readers! Follow along as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat dress up as black cats, spooky bats, lions growling, and wolves howling in their search for the perfect Halloween costume.


The Best Children’s Books of October 2020

by the Brightly Editors

October’s best new books are all treats and no tricks (though there’s plenty of mischief afoot — we’re looking at you, Underwear Dragon). Poignant and playful, fascinating and festive, these new releases can’t be missed.

Attack of the Underwear Dragon

by Scott Rothman, illustrated by Pete Oswald

As a brand new assistant knight to Sir Percival of King Arthur’s Round Table, Cole has a lot to learn. Particularly when it comes to Sir Percival’s greatest (and only) fear: an Underwear Dragon. This delightful new read is goofy in all the best ways.

I Feel Proud

by DK

Part of the quintessential First Emotions series, the newest board book helps readers identify and celebrate an oh-so-important feeling: pride! In addition to encouraging readers’ confidence, it also teaches them how to make their friends feel proud, too.

What We'll Build

by Oliver Jeffers

A new Oliver Jeffers book is always cause for celebration, and this sweet father-daughter story is the perfect addition to his heartening oeuvre. With tools in hand, a father and daughter first build a door, followed by a house, and then they embark on building immaterial but necessary ingredients for a good life: love and forgiveness, resilience and hope.

The Boy and the Gorilla

by Jackie Azúa Kramer, illustrated by Cindy Derby

A poignant picture book that will open up important conversations about grief, Kramer and Derby’s story-in-dialogue follows a young boy who conjures a gentle gorilla to help him talk through his sadness after losing his mother. As the boy asks big questions, he grows comfortable talking about his feelings, first to the gorilla and then to his father.

I am Anne Frank

by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Along with I am Benjamin Franklin, this book is the newest addition to the Ordinary People Change the World series, and introduces young readers to Anne Frank, who will undoubtedly become a familiar face of courage throughout their lives. Age-appropriate narrations of the Holocaust and Anne’s place in it are accompanied by Christopher Eliopoulos’s expressive character portraits.


by Jan Brett

The beloved Jan Brett returns with a seasonal read that’s sure to be a household staple this winter. In the wilds of Alaska, Cozy the musk ox finds himself separated from his herd as a snowstorm bears down. Soon, other animals — lemmings, an arctic fox, a snowshoe hare, and more — realize that beneath Cozy’s soft, thick fur is the place to be, and as their numbers grow, so do Cozy’s house rules.

My Rainbow

by DeShanna Neal and Trinity Neal, illustrated by Art Twink

When Trinity wants to match her outsides with her insides, her family goes to the wig store to find the perfect fit. But when nothing feels quite right, Mom makes Trinity a fabulous rainbow wig of her very own. This affirming story is written by the real-life Trinity and her mother, advocates for transgender rights.

I Am the Storm

by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrated by Kristen Howdeshell and Kevin Howdeshell

In a time of extreme climate shifts, this beautifully illustrated picture book will help soothe children’s fears about weather emergencies — a tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane are each featured — by showing families who are informed, prepared, and resilient together.


Happy weekend everyone and Happy Hallowe'en to all its participants!   Stay vigilant and please keep safe.  Join me again here on Monday for more grand picture books to enjoy!  

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