Hesson: Children book reviews

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My Love is All Around

By Danielle McLean, Illustrated by Sebastien Braun

(Tiger Tales)

Mommy and Baby Bear discover love all around them as they explore their home. They find it in the beauty of nature, the animals they share the land with, happy sounds, and silence. It’s found in a game, a kiss and a cuddle. It’s the kindness we show each other, the joy of a beautiful day and the calmness of the night sky. This thoughtful book, filled with charming illustrations, makes it the perfect read to share with little ones.

Perfect Pigeons

By Katherine Battersby

(Margaret K. Elderry Books)

In this colourful book, we follow a flock of pigeons that are all the same, except for one. She is always doing her own thing. The other pigeons challenge her actions, but in the end, they realize that it is perfectly fine to be different, just as it is perfectly fine to be the same. Older readers can discuss and share with younger readers what makes them happy, and how being an individual is perfectly OK. Amusing illustrations complement this story about confidence and having the courage to be yourself.

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The Meet Cute Project

By Rhiannon Richardson

(Simon & Schuster)

When the groomsman for her sister’s wedding cancels, Mia is tasked with finding her own date. As Mia’s daily life is full of swim team, AP classes and volunteering, her friends decide to help her. They love watching rom-coms and are convinced that all Mia needs to do is bump into the right stranger. However, when things don’t go as planned, tension rises between her friends and her sister, and she becomes blind to the people around her. This fun and lighthearted romance is a perfect Valentine’s read.

My Wild Life: Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer

By Suzi Eszterhas

(Owlkids Books)

Suzi always wanted to photograph wildlife, even from a young age, and when she was six she got her first camera. Now she travels the world doing what she loves. In this motivating little book, she shares her experiences of where, when and how to catch the best images. Young readers will learn about setting up a shot, living in the field and being respectful. This is a wonderful book about following your dreams.

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