Reviewed by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | April-June 2017
Books are perfect for snuggling.
You know that – and your child knows, too, especially if it means snuggling with you as you read aloud. So try some of these snuggle-able stories.
Snuggles are built into “I’ll Hug You More” by Laura Duksta, illustrated by Melissa Iwai. It’s a book told between mother and child about how much they hug each other – but there’s a twist, quite literally. Get to the center of this book, twist it around, open it up and start the tale from another point of view. You’ve got a story that never ends, just like love.
You know how preschoolers love construction trucks, and in “Mighty, Mighty Construction Site” by Sherry Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, your little one will enjoy a fun rhyming story about BIG ONES. Dump trucks, backhoes, crane trucks and excavators, all make appearances here. If that fascinates your 3- to 6-year-old (and you know it does!), then you’ll want this book.
For the slightly older child who still likes now-and-then snuggling, look for “The Book of Heroines” by Stephanie Warren Drimmer and “The Book of Heroes” by Crispin Boyer. The two of you will enjoy reading this together because it’s empowering and informative: read about sports heroes and heroines, spies and soldiers, people in politics and plays, a women who worked as a code-buster during World War II and a man who got captured on purpose so he could save Jewish lives.
And if they don’t inspire your 7- to 14-year-old, let her keep looking. You’ll find plenty of ordinary, everyday heroes and heroines here and in real life.
Another book that’s fun to read is “All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean” by Katherine Ashenburg. History bugs will like this book because it follows cleanliness through the years and through the bathrooms of castles, caves and everyday houses. This book is fun because it’s got humor, light sidebars, short chapters and it’s filled with facts. What 7- to 12-year-old kid isn’t interested in little-known subjects like this?
Finally, if your child appreciates the fine pleasure of snuggling with a book all his or her own, look for “Boomer’s Bucket List” by Sue Pethick. It’s a light romance about a woman who learns that her beloved dog is terminally ill so she decides to take him on a road trip. When she meets a man on the same route, she likes him but – in a comfortingly predictable boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl-again way – things fall charmingly apart.
Yes, this book will probably be in the adult section of your bookstore or library, but that’s okay: there’s no profanity in here, no steaminess, and no problems enjoying it.