Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

In Grandad’s Island, Davies explores the sensitive topic of losing a grandparent. The story is subtly told, but the illustrations are bright and eye-catching.  Syd’s grandfather lives nearby and Syd can go to his house any time he wants.  One day, Grandad invites Syd to see his attic.  Syd and Grandad end up taking an adventure to a special island.  Once there, Grandad decides to stay and Syd must travel home alone.

I am a huge fan of using picture books to help young children understand sensitive topics.  While Grandad’s Island explores the topic of losing a grandfather, Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs  by Tomie dePaola explores the topic of losing a grandmother (a great-grandmother).

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

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Little One by Jo Weaver

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

Happy Book Birthday!

Little One is a lovely story that speaks to the power of parental love.  When spring arrives, Big Bear and Little One leave their den to explore the world.  Together, Big Bear and her young cub eat, swim, fish, and play.  As the seasons change, Little One grows more confident, until winter arrives again and it’s time to go back home.  The reader can just envision the cycle starting all over again.

I love how the black and white illustrations really showcase the text.  This is a beautiful read aloud for young children.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

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