Prince and His Mother’s Crown: Tales Within My Mother’s Hair by Shellice Beharie, Illustrated by Richa Kinra (picture book review)

Book Cover: Prince and His Mother's Crown: Tales Within My Mother's Hair by Shellice Beharie

A sweet depiction of familial love in picture book form, Prince and His Mother’s Crown reflects the author’s inspiration of her son’s fascination with her hair. And what hair it is, sometimes as long as Rapunzel’s (perfect for her son to climb) or wild as a forest or a home to a dragon for her son to fight, though my personal favorite is when the prince has styled the Queen’s hair for her.

Each page of text begins with the Prince making a statement about his mother’s hair and then revealing more about her or their relationship. Reading it aloud to a book loving almost-four-year-old, there were a few questions about pictures but less about the text. Without a linear storyline but the occasional word that needed explaining, she was mainly focused on the pictures and enjoyed the book enough to carry it around the house. When asked for favorite parts, she chose an illustration, while I would choose the messages that this book contains and the author’s personal inspiration behind it. This is definitely cover-buy worthy (I mean, just look at it!) and a great supplement to a picture book library.

With text that often contains rhymes and illustrations that depict a loving and happy family consisting of a mother, father, and their son, the focus is primarily on the Queen, her amazing hair, and the strong and loving relationship she has with her son. This is an adorable book (again, just look at that cover!) for reading aloud and talking about with young children.

Prince and His Mother’s Crown: Tales Within My Mother’s Hair by Shellice Beharie, Illustrated by Richa Kinra | Outskirts Press, April 2020 | 24 pages, paperback, hardback, or ebook

This review refers to a paperback review copy I voluntarily read courtesy of Smith Publishing. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

Prince and His Mother’s Crown: Tales within My Mother’s Hair is a whimsical fairy tale about a little boy named Prince who is fascinated with his mother’s magical crown of hair. Shellice Beharie has crafted a story that portrays the special bond between a graceful mother and a loving son. In the process, Prince and His Mother’s Crown offers a unique perspective – that of a little boy’s interest in hair – and a unique but universal message: that women have great influence over their sons’ lives.

To learn more visit Prince and His Mother’s Crown: Tales Within My Mother’s Hair is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

A Child’s First Bible: Psalms for Little Hearts by Dandie Daley Mackall, illustrations by Cee Biscoe

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Psalms for Little Hearts is a lovely little book suitable for reading aloud at bedtime or any time of day.  Each of the 25 psalms transformed into verse suitable for young children  are focused on a specific topical message, beginning with Psalm 4 “God Smiles at Me: A Psalm for When You Need Comfort.”  Some of the psalms end each stanza with a phrase that children will likely begin to repeat with the reader, leading to even more enjoyment and reinforcement of the messages about God. Continue reading “A Child’s First Bible: Psalms for Little Hearts by Dandie Daley Mackall, illustrations by Cee Biscoe”

Picture Book Spotlight: Monsters Are Afraid of Babies by Nicholas Tana (with a video preview!)

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If you ask me what my favorite childhood picture book was, I will answer Where the Wild Things Are.  And as much as I enjoy sharing Maurice Sendak’s classic with my nieces and nephews, and now my great nieces and nephews, some of them find it too frightening.  So I adore finding new picture books that make monsters less scary.
This picture book hooked me with the title, but the description and the preview video had me smiling.  So when Smith Publicity asked if I would like to share about Monsters Are Afraid of Babies, I just had to say yes.  I think you’ll see why below:

About the Book

The spooky store displays and monster shows are fun this time of year, but sometimes they can lead younger children to be legitimately scared! Show kids there’s nothing to be afraid of this Halloween with the delightful picture book Monsters Are Afraid of Babies by Nicholas Tana, illustrated by Jessica Abbot and Elise Leutwyler.

In this humorous and boldly colorful read, children follow a boy who frightens the creatures in the closet with the help of his baby sister. Tana has created a universally meaningful message that disarms the figures that intimidate us. Monsters Are Afraid of Babies brings new perspective on the unknown, by humanizing those scary invisible creatures.

On a mission to inspire children and adults, Tana is debuting three new fiction titles that will enchant young audiences this fall. The upcoming Monsters Are Afraid of BabiesThe Kingdom of Glee, and The Kitten, The Cat & The Apple will encourage literacy and evoke imagination in readers.

Lovers of Where the Wild Things AreGoosebumps and Pixar’s Monster’s Inc., will tingle with terror reading this spooky story with a relevant sentiment on fear and anxiety. Monsters readers will delight in each page turn, filled with eye-catching artwork and playful rhyme.

A perfect Halloween-time picture book, Monsters Are Afraid of Babies:

  • Makes reading fun with whimsical wordplay and rhyme
  • Features vivid illustrations that will enthrall children
  • Creates meaningful metaphors about xenophobia, anxiety, and facing fear
  • Finds humor in adjusting to “new creatures” in the house

Monsters Are Afraid of Babies is available in hard cover,  ebook, and  audio book through Amazon and other websites and stores where books are sold.


I Love You, Funny Bunny by Zonderkidz, illustrated by Sean Julian (review)

iloveyoufunnybunny_zonderkidz“I love you Funny Bunny, from your whiskers to your toes.”  So begins this love letter of a picture book, a rhyming explanation of the different ways Funny Bunny inspires love.  Accompanied by adorable illustrations that perfectly capture the mood and the message, and somehow, through the anthropomorphized child and parent bunnies, conveys their love along with a feeling of snuggly comfort and joy. Continue reading “I Love You, Funny Bunny by Zonderkidz, illustrated by Sean Julian (review)”

You Are: Speaking God’s Word over Your Children by Emily Assell and Lauren Copple, illustrator (board book review)

youare_tyndaleThis sweet little board book is a celebration of God’s love, using verses from various translations as support for short sentences addressing a child.  Each set of text and verse(s) is accompanied by an illustration that stars different animal family groups. Continue reading “You Are: Speaking God’s Word over Your Children by Emily Assell and Lauren Copple, illustrator (board book review)”

The Cow Said Neigh: A Farm Story by Rory Feek, illustrated by Bruno Robert (board book review)

thecowsaidneigh_feek_thnelsonWritten with a songwriter’s skill, this story of animals seeing abilities in each other that they wish to emulate has a cadence that just begs to be read aloud.  Along with some of the most adorable barnyard illustrations, this is a story that will have the board book set interacting and joining in with delight as each animal makes the sound of another animal.  Even the farmer gets in on the fun! Continue reading “The Cow Said Neigh: A Farm Story by Rory Feek, illustrated by Bruno Robert (board book review)”

Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel (board book review)

cozysnowycuddlesIn the board book Cozy, Snowy Cuddles, a baby polar bear visits a child and parent pair (narwhals, huskies, seals, moose) on each two page spread, and returns to its parents, accompanied by a text that emphasizes different expressions of love and comfort.  Each pair includes a differently textured insert, mainly furs, for a tactile interaction with the story that begins with the snow’s applied texture on the cover.  The final text includes thanking God for cozy kisses Continue reading “Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel (board book review)”

Night Night, Sleepytown by Amy Parker, illustrated by Virginia Allyn (boardbook review)

nightnightsleepytown_parker_tnelsonFilled with colorful, cute, and slightly whimsical illustrations, this bedtime book is a delight with a calm, rhyming text.  As the narrative moves around the town, identifying how the townsfolk contribute through their different professions, each time ending with “Thank you all for what you do,” there is a warm feeling of gratitude as each character is given value and respect.  And the book ends by addressing the importance of Continue reading “Night Night, Sleepytown by Amy Parker, illustrated by Virginia Allyn (boardbook review)”

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (picture book review)

thunderboyjr_alexie_hachetteI am named after my dad…People call him BIG THUNDER.  That nickname is a storm filling up the sky.

People call me LITTLE THUNDER.  That nickname makes me sound like a burp or a fart. (pp. 6-8)

When an author of some repute suddenly (well, suddenly to the reader) comes out with a children’s picture book, I count myself among the skeptics.  But I trundled myself down to a Powell’s branch store to buy a brand new, full price picture book last May when Sherman Alexie was making an author appearance.   Continue reading “Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (picture book review)”