The Kids Are All Right

Butterflies, Black Cats, And More!

Happy Tuesday, kidlit friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! I’m writing this in the future, so Halloween hasn’t happened yet, but we did go to our local Boo at the Zoo last night and had so much fun. My daughter dressed up as a crayon witch, I as her crayon cat companion, and my husband as a crayon. For Halloween itself, my daughter wants to be a black cat, her favorite animal.

Bookish Goods

Monarch Butterfly Magnetic Bookmark by thepeachypolkadot

This is a lovely bookmark for butterfly lovers! $4

New Releases

No Snowball! by Isabella Kung (picture book)

This follow-up to No Fuzzball! is one of the funniest picture books of the year. In the first book, No Fuzzball declares herself queen of the humans in her human. In book two, her human vassals bring home a new kitten. Can No Fuzzball teach the kitten how to be royalty? Will her human subjects come to worship the kitten as they do No Fuzzball? The kitten seems hopelessly untrainable.

My Fade Is Fresh by Shauntay Grant, Illustrated by Kitt Thomas (picture book)

In this delightfully rhythmic picture book, a young Black girl goes to the barber to get a haircut. Everyone keeps proposing ideas for her hair, but none of them are exactly what she’s looking for. When the barber finally listens to her, she gets the freshest fade on the block. I recently got my hair cut for the first time in 3-4 years, and I read this one with my daughter afterward!

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Riot Recommendations

Today is the start of Día de los Muertos. People who celebrate the day believe butterflies carry the souls of the dead, so I thought I would recommend some of my favorite newish butterfly children’s books since I already recommended books for Día de los Muertos last Tuesday.

Cover of The Story of a Butterfly by Reed

The Story of a Butterfly by Margaret Rose Reed, illustrated by Manu Montoya (picture book)

In this informative picture book, two friends take a class field trip to a butterfly sanctuary, where they learn all about the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly. Afterward, the girls are inspired to make a community garden that will attract the butterflies and help them thrive. It’s a great picture book to learn more about butterflies and to inspire kids to contribute to their communities.

Cover of My Book of Butterflies by Valerio

My Book of Butterflies by Geraldo Valério (picture book)

This gorgeously illustrated nonfiction identifies butterflies from around the world. It’s a large, fascinating book describing commonly known butterflies and lesser-known beauties. It includes a world map, illustrations of a butterfly’s life cycle, and more. My daughter and I use it as a reference book whenever we spot a new kind of butterfly in our nearby community garden.

Cover of Moth And Butterfly: Ta-Da! by Petty

Moth & Butterfly: Ta-Da! by Dev Petty, illustrated by Ana Aranda (picture book)

This is a delightful picture book about friendship and the differences between a moth and a butterfly. Two caterpillars become best friends, but when they both undergo their transformations, their differences pull them apart. Moth prefers the night, while butterfly prefers the day. Will they find a way to continue their friendship? With its vibrant illustrations and adorable friendly main character, this book is a great way to introduce compare/contrast concepts as well as insect facts to young readers.

Cover of The Critter Club: Marion's Got the Butterflies by Barkley

The Critter Club: Marion’s Got the Butterflies by Callie Barkley, illustrated by Tracy Bishop (chapter book)

My daughter just started reading chapter books this year, and The Critter Club is one of her favorite early chapter book series. In the latest book in the series, Marion volunteers to be part of a butterfly release at the Santa Vista Arboretum. But none of her friends can volunteer with her, and her little sister refuses to because she’s scared of bugs. Marion’s determined to help her sister overcome her fears, but in the meantime, Marion needs to overcome her own anxiety over trying to make everything perfect.

A fairy city in the woods, The Kids are All Right

We went on a hike recently along the Natchez Trace and came upon a little fairy city decorated with butterflies, little houses, wind chimes, pine cones, painted rocks, and tiny gnomes. It was delightful.

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Until next Tuesday!

Margaret Kingsbury