Back To School with Raincoast Books (Book Review)

 Summer is slowly coming to an end and with the uncertainty with the upcoming school year, I'm sure all of you parents are pretty stressed out right now, as am I. I'm chosing to keep my kids home to participate in distance learning and I'm fortunate enough to be able to be home to help them adjust. I know all of us are in different situations, so whatever decision you are making, there is no judgement as this is a stressful time for everyone right now. 

As I'm getting ready to prep for distance learning, I received another amazing package in the mail from our friends over at Raincoast Books to help get my six year old, Bailey, excited about the upcoming school year. One of the things we've done in our household with all of our children is have them read for 20 minutes before bedtime. It's a tradition we all love as we're all advid book readers in my home. We were sent two newly released children's books and one upcoming book to add to my six year old daughter's bookshelf. She's getting quite the collection and she absolutely loves to read. She's still learning, but gets better every day.

By: Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrasted by Frank Morrison
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing 
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
ISBN: 9781547602612
Pages: 32

Summer is over, and this little girl has got the school spirit! She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the street - VROOM, VROOM! - and in the bell sounding in the halls - RING-A-DING! She sings the school spirit in class with her friends - ABC, 123!

The school spirit helps us all strive and grow. What will you learn today?

By: Zetta Elliot, illustrated by Noa Denmon
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 
Publication Date: July 21, 2020
ISBN: 9780374307417
Pages: 32

Summertime is filled with joy--skateboarding and playing basketball--until his community is deeply wounded by a police shooting. As fall turns to winter and then spring, fear grows into anger, then pride and peace.

In her stunning debut, illustrator Noa Denmon articulates the depth and nuances of a child's experiences following a police shooting--through grief and protests, healing and community--with washes of color as vibrant as his words.

Here is a groundbreaking narrative that can help all readers--children and adults alike--talk about the feelings hiding deep inside each of us.

By: Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
ISBN: 9781452137797
Pages: 80

If You Came to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other.

This stunning book is inspired by the thousands of childrenSophie Blackall has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children.

I had a blast reading along with Bailey as we read and explored each book and loved them all for many different reasons. Not only is each book beautifully illustrated by talented artists, each story was beautifully told as well. In the book, I Got the School Spirit, we see the main character excited about her first day of school. This was emotional for my six year old since we are doing distance learning this year, but she still loved the book and loved seeing the main character go through her first day of school and she can't wait until she is able to attend school in person again. 

Next we read A Place Inside of Me. This was another beautiful written story focusing on a young black boy dealing with all of his emotions that comes as a young black kid in America. Now more than ever, I really hope that schools worldwide have this book in their library available for all kids to read. This hit so close to home for us, as many of you know, we have family in the United States right now fighting for equality. This book teaches young kids everywhere to love themselves, to treat others as they would want to be treated because at the end of the day, we are all human beings. 

Lastly, If You Come To Earth. This book is set to be released in September and is inspired by children worldwide. This book is beautiful. Each page is filled with beautiful illustrations of people of every race, homes around the world, animals, the many different types of transportations and more. This book was a great book for Bailey to read. It not only helped her improve her reading, but this also helped with counting, finding the difference and similarities in different animals, people, places, things. Another great book that I know your littles will enjoy. 

Big thanks to our friends over at Raincoast Books for sending these amazing books our way to add to our library. For more infromation on where to purchase, be sure to head over to Raincoast 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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