This month’s roundup includes illustrated children’s stories about animals that inspire friendship and song.
The The Bird and The Bee
By Johnnie Forster
Inspired by his own marriage, which represents the union of two different backgrounds (Forster is Jewish and his wife is part Native American and African American), “The Bird and The Bee,” is an illustrated story about two creatures from different backgrounds who join forces to help save the forest. The book is accompanied by “The Song of The Bird and The Bee,” written and performed by M’Jesti, available on all major streaming platforms.
Eala: The Mother Swan / La Madre Cisne
By Ayn Cates Sullivan, Illustrated by Paige Ozma Ashmore
The bilingual picture book, “Eala: The Mother Swan/ La Madre Cisne,” tells the story of a young boy named Hugo who goes in search of magical swans from a folktale his grandmother told him. Hugo finds the swan Eala who helps him rediscover his sense of self, which he had lost. The beautifully illustrated book is written in both English and Spanish. Recommended for ages 5-9.
By Georgia Edmonds, Illustrated by Jake Biggin
The new children’s picture book series “Teddy’s Tails” encourages young readers to learn new vocabulary through the stories of a beloved dog named Teddy and his loving family. The books are written in verse so that children can experience the flow and rhythm of language. The first book, “Teddy and the Tygers” and second book, “Teddy Versus the Underwear” are out now. Recommended for ages 2-6.
The Animal Song
By Jonty Howley
Author and musician Jonty Howley’s illustrated “The Animal Song” follows three animal friends who decide to form a traveling band. The crocodile, bear and weasel travel through the seasons playing music everywhere they go until they get too tired to play anymore and fall asleep. The perfect bedtime story, the book also includes musical composition and lyrics at the end and a link to hear the song performed by Jonty himself. Recommended for ages 4-8. Available Jan. 10, 2023.
For more book suggestions, check out our November Book Corner.