If you’ve got kids stuck at home, it’s a great time to check out some new children’s books! We have three top picks for this month: Chicken Lips is a book about a special cow who learns to love his silly name, Where Will You Go Ricky Jo? tells the tale of a very adventurous chihuahua, and What If Higgins Had Given Up? is a story about history and personal perseverance.
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Children’s Books Round-up April 2020
Chicken Lips, written by Kristy Hamby and illustrated by Marianella Aguirre, is the story of sweet little cow in search of answers about his silly name. As he travels around the farm asking all the animals about his name, he learns their names and stories too. In the end, he learns how special it to embrace “being your own cow.”
Where Will You Go Ricky Jo?
Where Will You Go Ricky Jo, written by Tom Murdoch and illustrated by Marina Veselinovic, follows Ricky Jo, an adventurous chihuahua with big dreams. He travels by boat, horse, firetruck and more and explores the world around him before settling down to dream about adventures in far away lands.
My son was drawn in by the colorful illustrations and enjoyed the rhyming story as Ricky traveled from one fun scene to the next. Where Will You Go Ricky Jo? is available on Amazon and is the first in a series of books that will follow Ricky Jo as he travels to foreign lands and meets different types of puppies, encouraging children to do the same and explore other cultures.
In Cathy Werling’s children’s book “What If Higgins Had Given Up?”, children learn about the tale of a compelling WWII hero whose life story serves as a reminder that setting your mind toward a goal is a big factor and the first step in achieving it.
The quick read tells the story of boat manufacturer Andrew Jackson Higgins, an instrumental WWII figure whose boats helped land U.S. troops at Normandy on D-Day. With colorful artwork that traces Higgins’ childhood, teenage years, and adulthood vividly, children catch a glimpse into a hero’s life and all that he persevered through.
As part of a series of children’s books, Werling was inspired to write “What If Higgins Had Given Up?” to tell the stories of unsung heroes throughout history. By looking at influential figures from the past, children learn to look at real stories of heroic people and find positive similarities. This book is a fun way for your child to learn about history and the power they have within!
“What If Higgins Had Given Up?” is available for purchase on Amazon through this link.
If you’re interested in similar children’s books, please click to visit the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.