The Yawns Are Coming by Christopher EliopoulosAny kid who has tried to stay up all night will be able to relate to this story. Two friends have a long list of things to do at their sleepover, but eventually the "yawns" arrive. It's a humorous book with amusing illustrations. Great for bedtime or anytime, really.
Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us by Lauren CastilloA group of friends is formed when one hedgehog takes a brave journey to find her lost dog. This is a really sweet story of friendship with a cast of characters who all have a lot of personality. The illustrations are lovely, too. I am eager to see what adventures the animal friends have in the next book in the series. Thanks to Random House Kids for sharing an advance reader's copy with my book review group. Look for this one in May.
The Elephant's Girl by Celesta RemingtonLexington Willow has lived at a zoo since she was found there after a tornado when she was just a toddler. She rarely leaves the zoo, preferring to spend her time with her foster father and her friend, Fisher, who also lives there. She realizes one of the elephants at the zoo can communicate with her and this leads her to a mystery involving a ghost and a missing treasure. As she uncovers secrets, she learns about her past. This is a magical and sweet story of family and friendship. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in May.
Trowbridge Road by Marcella PixleyThis is a powerful novel about mental illness, grief, and friendship. Set in 1983, June Bug's dad has died from AIDS and her mother spends most of her time in her room or cleaning the germs that she fears may put her and June in danger of getting sick. June befriends Ziggy, a boy who has moved in to the neighborhood and is dealing with his own family challenges. Their friendship gives them a way to escape their problems, but also the strength and courage to face and work through them. Thanks to Candlewick for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in May.
As I've written about previously, I had a difficult time concentrating on reading at the beginning of the pandemic situation. Since then, I started limiting the amount of news that I watch and trying some mindfulness strategies before reading and I think that has helped. I've been enjoying reading a lot more and am once again finding it to be a good escape. These are some of the books I've read in the last few weeks.