Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for providing a review copy of this book. As always, all opinions are my own.
Fort-Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd
(Knopf Books for Young Readers ~ October 10, 2017)
What activity brings back more memories than building a fort? I remember gathering up blankets, chairs, clothespins, #allthetoys, and of course sleeping bags, then begging my parentsto let me stay overnight in our makeshift structure. Fort-building is one of my kids’ favorite pastimes on a rainy day. There is something magical about finding odds and ends around the house and finding a way to build something out of it.
In the Megan Wagner Lloyd’s new picture book Fort Building Time, a troop of creative kids findsways to make every season a fort-building season. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall—no matterwhat materials they encounter, they engineer a beautiful, whimsical, oh-so-inviting fort. And when the wind or a furry friend intervene, it only makes things more fun! An “everything-slipping, fort-falling time” can be just as fun as fort-building time. Kids will want to hop right into this picture book, with its fun and inventive illustrations by Abigail Halpin. To be honest, I wanted to hop in myself! I recommend reading this for the first time on a lazy Saturday morning—because right after reading, your kids are going to want to begin making their own creation. No matter what the weather where you are, the book will spark your child’s imagination for turning everyday objects and natural wonders into a dreamlike playhouse that will bring hours of fun.
Tracy Babler lives in Minneapolis and writes about racial and economic justice for local nonprofits. She co-hosts the kidlit podcast Lu and Bean Read with her two smart, funny, book-loving daughters. Find their podcast and book reviews at luandbeanread.com and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest @luandbeanread.