As a child, I almost always received a book for Christmas or my birthday. Many of these beloved titles are still on my shelf, and I enjoy them with my own children now. If giving and receiving books is a tradition in your family, today’s post is for you! Sourcebooks for children publishes fiction and non-fiction, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade titles with the aim of engaging children in the wonders of reading and learning.
We received two charming storybooks from Sourcebooks to review and share with you. There will also be a giveaway for these same two hardback books, and you can find more details about that at the end of this post!
First up is Very Lulu, by Stephanie Campisi (author) and Jessica Gibson (illustrator). This book is an anthem for all of the “black sheep” out there, and it’s presented in a fun and lighthearted way. Free-spirited Lulu, a black lab who just can’t seem to fit in with the well-behaved dogs, stars in Campisi’s rollicking tale.
Despite the best efforts of her owner and trainer, Lulu dashes their dreams of turning her into a blue ribbon police dog. We chuckled out loud reading this story with our children because our rescue dog, Jasper, shares a lot of Lulu’s stubbornness and mischief. He’ll never be a perfectly trained pooch, but we love all his antics anyway. For many dogs in this world (like Lulu), the best thing in the world to be is yourself. That’s what makes each pet so unique!
Gibson’s bright illustrations are full of energy and emotion, and complement the story well. Very Lulu is not just a great gift for children, but for any dog lover in your life.
Moon’s First Friends introduces the history of space travel to young children in a new and very appealing way – from the perspective of the moon herself! For thousands of years, she waits and waits for a visitor. Her hopes rise and fall with the first attempts at exploration and flight.
And then…that historic day in 1969 arrives. It’s a big day for the moon, and for mankind! Artist Paganelli’s drawings are soft, warm and dreamy, presenting the solar system as an inviting and welcoming place. And when author Susanna Hill’s story draws to a close, you’re so glad that man dared to dream and make that giant leap to the moon’s surface.
Giveaway: One lucky reader will receive the same 2 hardback books I featured today: Moon’s First Friends and Very Lulu! Retail value $31.00. This giveaway is open to US residents and ends 12/21. Good luck!
If you’ll check the bottom of this post, you’ll see a list of MORE giveaways you can enter in this Winter is Coming event!