Picture Book New Releases: Week of July 17, 2018

Happy Book Birthday to these picture books out this week! Thank you to Kid Lit Exchange and the publishers for the free review copies. All opinions belong to the reviewer.

BABY CODE! SERIES by Sandra Horning

(Penguin Workshop; Brdbk edition ~ July 17, 2018)

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Photo and review from Lu and Bean Read ~ @luandbeanread on Instagram

How do you write a book about coding for babies? If this Girls Who Code project had been assigned to me, I would have said, “Nope, sorry, that’s impossible.” But these four books have made the impossible possible!

The stories focus on how babies interacts with the world through music, art, play, and their environment. Each example shows how code can be used to replicate that same output. Babies make music, and code can tell computers how to make music.

The books each end with an encouraging, “Baby will learn computer code…” statement that will set the perfect tone for little ones’ earliest STEM exploration.

THE SHADOW IN THE MOON by Christina Matula

(Charlesbridge ~ July 17, 2018)

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A unique blend of traditional folklore and contemporary customs brings the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival to life.

Two sisters and their grandmother celebrate a popular Chinese holiday with family. Their favorite part? Mooncakes, of course–along with Ah-ma’s story of the ancient Chinese tale of Hou Yi, a brave young archer, and his wife, Chang’E. A long, long time ago, Hou Yi rescued the earth from the heat of ten suns. The Immortals rewarded him with a magic potion that could let him live in the sky with them forever. But when a thief tries to steal the potion, what will Chang’E do to keep it out of dangerous hands? The sisters are mesmerized by Ah-ma’s retelling and the fact that the very mooncakes they enjoy each holiday are a symbol of this legend’s bravest soul.



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