Reading with Chronicle Books (Book Review)

It's been a long couple of weeks as my family and the rest of the world continue doing our part during Covid-19 by social distancing. With school being out until this is all over, these last two weeks I, along with you, if you're a parent, have been home schooling our kiddos as best we can. One of the things I've been doing is praticing sight words with my five year old and continuing her practice with reading as she's starting to pick it up and is doing quite well. 

So when we received a couple of children's books from our friends at Chronicle Books, we were both really happy that she'd have two new books to look through and two new books that we could read together, especially with us being at home right now. We received newly released Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark and an early copy of Rain Boy. Two different books that are beautifully written and illustrated.
By: Jonatan Stutzman
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
ISBN: 9781452170343
Pages: 48

Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are having a campout in the backyard! It is what best friends do. But without their nighty-lights, the dark outside suddenly seems VERY dark . . . and very full of spooky things. Good thing Tiny has a super-secret plan to keep the dark at bay! Full of warmth and plenty of laughs, this new adventure starring Tiny T. Rex shows that friends will always find a way to face their fears together-even when those fears are not what they seem!

The first of the two books we read was Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark. This was such a cute story about two best friends camping in their backyard in the dark. Bailey absolutely loved this story and it's made her want to camp in her backyard too. She says she won't be scared of the noises and the dark because she'll get her brother to sleep in there with her like Tiny T had Pointy, lol. With everything going on right now, we may not be camping in the backyard, but once the weather is a bit warmer, this book does have me thinking to put up our camping tent so she can have a somewhat clubhouse to hangout in during the day to keep busy. We also learned that Tiny T. Rex has other books and adventures that he goes on and Bailey was super excited to learn that as she absolutely loved both Tiny T and his best friend Pointy.  This was such a great book and Bailey did most of the reading. She had trouble with a couple of words, but I was very proud of her for reading this book.

For any parents out there that are looking for a new book for your child, I'd definitely recommend this book. The story helps kids not be afraid of the dark and the illustrations were beautiful, not to mention, this would be a huge hit for any kid who loves dinosaurs!

Title: Rain Boy
By: Dylan Glynn
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April 21, 2020
ISBN: 9781452172804
Pages: 40

Wherever he goes, Rain Boy brings wet-which means he's not very popular. Sun Kidd brings sunshine everywhere she goes, so everyone loves her. Only Sun Kidd sees what's special about Rain Boy. But when she invites him to her birthday party, disaster strikes, and Rain Boy storms. Now the world is nothing but rain. Will the other kids ever love Rain Boy for being himself? And. more importantly, can Rain Boy learn to love his rain?

After reading the first book, we went straight for Rain Boy. This book was a fav for me as it teaches kids about differences, acceptance and loving yourself for who you are. This is a message I've been teaching my kids as they grow up, especially having a kid in the LQBTQ+ community. Not only that, but our family is mixed raced and so my kids have been raised to not judge a book by its cover. To get to know someone for who they are, not what they look like and the message was very clear to Bailey as she read this story. She felt sad for Rain Boy and she didn't want him to go in hiding after Sun Kidd's party, but as we kept reading, she saw that with the rain came greener grass, flowers blooming and before we knew it the kids were laughing, jumping and playing in the rain and Rain Boy soon came out of hiding. He saw the good that he did and how the kids all around loved playing in the rain. They loved playing together. We absolutely loved this book. It was beautifully written and illustrated. The message behind the story is great and I hope once school is back in after Covid-19, Rain Boy gets in all the school libraries for our younger kiddos to read. It's a great book for all kids to learn about acceptance and kindess. 

Bailey and I loved both books and are so happy to have them added to her bookshelf. If you're looking for great children's books to help you little one learn to read, definitely check out both Tiny T. Rex And The Very Dark Dark and Rain Boy. For more information about these books and other books, be sure to head over to Chronicle Books

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned books at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 


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