Lisa Jobe's adorable picture book debut CAN I KEEP IT? (Page Street Kids; 2019) transported me back to my childhood, when I watched my big brother set traps with cardboard boxes, sticks and string for ever-elusive birds. The repetitive structure, relatable content, and amazing paper cut-out illustrations make this a perfect book for the preschool crowd. In the classroom, it will come in handy for lessons regarding wild and tame animals. Children will love searching for the orange cat among the pages!
NINE MONTHS strikes the perfect balance between age-appropriate information about the development of a baby, and preparing an older sibling for the arrival of a new family member. The book features Jason Chin's fantastic, scientifically correct illustrations on each left hand page, coupled with a loving family preparing for the new baby on each right hand page. Economic language use, steady rhythm, and gentle rhyme make NINE MONTHS a comforting read to share with young children. However, life-size illustrations and informative back matter provide educational tie-ins that take this book well beyond the preschool crowd. NINE MONTHS was named a 2019 Boston Globe- Horn Book Non-Fiction Honor book. Visit 24 Carrot Writing for an interview with Miranda Paul. http://www.24carrotwriting.com/-blog/an-interview-with-author-miranda-paul