Check out these fun picture books!

11 Jun

 Today I have a three fun picture books I want to tell you about that will make great summer reading for your kids!
latelylilyLately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl Hardcover
by Micah Player
Series: Lately Lily
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Chronicle Books on March 25, 2014

Opening and Synopsis –

“Bonjour! Ciao! Hola! Hello!

I’m Lily the Travelling Girl.”

Lily and her best friend, Zeborah travel all over the world and explore new and exciting places! Go travel with Lily as she rides on boat, trains, planes and even camels. The world is a beautiful place with lots to discover and friends to be made.

What I thought- The story is cute. It shows Lily all over the world doing all sorts of things. The story shows Lily’s excitement for all she is doing.  I like that Lily writes all of her adventures down in her notebook. What I REALLY like about the book is the artwork. It really shows Lily’s excitement for all she is doing. Take a look at an interior page –


All the illustrations are this great. Micah Player is the Creative Director of the children’s clothing company – Lately Lily.

The book is perfect for summer time travel! 🙂

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

Check out the book’s trailer!

Check out the Lately Lily website HERE.

Lately Lily on Facebook HERE.

Follow Lately Lily on Twitter HERE.

jumping-jack_9781452131528_largeJumping Jack
by Germano Zullo

Illustrated by Albertine

Ages 5 +- 40 pages
Published by Chronicle Books on May 13, 2014

Synopsis (taken from the inside jacket)

“Jumping Jack is a winner! At least, he used to be. Now this superstar show-jumping champion is stumbling and tumbling all over the course like a colt just learning how his legs work. How could this happen? What could possibly be wrong? Jumping Jack’s best friend and rider, Rodger Trotter, is determined to find out.”

What I thought-  Here is another picture book with fabulous illustrations! I love  Albertine’s style! JumpingJack_INT_Mechs.inddThe story in the book is very cute too. I love how Jack’s best friend Rodger just won’t give up on him and sticks by him until they figure out what is wrong. It’s a nice tale of friendship, persevering  and not giving up. I think it would be good for kids who play sports and get into a “slump”  and have to work through it.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Okay this one isn’t exactly a picture book, but it is a book about drawing pictures. I think it is very cool and it will keep kids busy for hours!

doodledesignPhotoplay: Doodle. Design. Draw.

by M. J. Bronstein

ages 5+ – 128 pages
Published by Chronicle Books on March 4, 2014






Opening (from first page) –


Draw right on top of the Photographs? Yes!

Design something that seems goofy or impossible? Yes!

Color outside of the lines? Yes!

Laugh out loud at my photographs? Yes!”

Laugh out loud at your own drawings? Why not?!”

What I thought- Give me a pencil! Ms. Bronstein is a professional photographer and an art educator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. She packed this book with photographs or parts of photographs she has taken from around the world. The reader is supposed to complete the photographs!


That’s completely cool! There is 128 pages of doodling fun in the book. I think it’d be great for car rides or rainy days. It is very creative and lets your imagination run wild. Kids of any age kid will love this! I like that Ms. Bronstein mixes up the photographs –  animals – buildings – landscape – people – objects – pretty much anything you can think of. There are blurbs on each page meant as a prompt as what to draw (or at least get your imagination going).  photoplay3

Get ready for hours of fun!

I give Photoplay five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Bronstein and Photoplay, please visit her website HERE!

Check out the trailer!

Check out this video showing some completed Photoplay called “No Life Without Water” – a project to bring a water well to Sudan.

27 Responses to “Check out these fun picture books!”

  1. stanleyandkatrina June 11, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Great post and I’m now in love with Photoplay, what a great gift. Thanks, Erik for sharing.
    ~Cool Mom for
    The Gang


  2. Caroline June 11, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    The photo book looks very unique and interesting.


  3. julie rowan zoch June 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    If this were the library, I’d be walking out with my hands full! – thanks for the marvelous recommendations!


  4. :Donna Marie June 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Lately Lily is such a fun book and so vibrantly illustrated. So glad I won it through Sue Morris’s blog. It now sits on my personal library shelf 😀 😀 😀


  5. jama June 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Enjoyed hearing about all three books! The doodling book is indeed very cool, and the book featuring Lily is perfect for armchair travelers. 🙂


  6. Genevieve Petrillo June 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Cute book choices, E. That last one reminds me of The Anti-Coloring Book. It’s one of Mom’s favorites. …besides me, that is.

    Love and licks,


  7. KidLitReviews June 12, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    Ah, yea. Two out of three and one tie. I can accept that. Better luck next time. Looks like you too need to pay catch up. A lot of books came out this past Spring season. Erik, you have done a nice job with all of them. I’m impressed. 🙂


  8. Catherine Johnson June 12, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    These look awesome!


  9. Penny Parker Klostermann June 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Great selections! My library doesn’t have them yet! Can you hearing me whining!!!


  10. ontheplumtree June 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    These all look gorgeous!


  11. LovableLobo June 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    Chronicle publishes some very unique picture books. These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing and the great review, SuperKid!


  12. readingwithrhythm June 23, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    All three of these look pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing!


  13. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Photo Play looks brilliant! 🙂


  14. Nicky Squido August 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Nice List of books. I am very fond of finding the new and interesting books for children Your blog will help me create must read book lists for my students. Thanks for this blog.


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