We’ve got a collection of new and familiar tales that you and your kids will love.
WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS HAVE BEEN BUSY creating new and exciting kids’ books. Here are a few you’ll want to add to their summer reading list—some you just might enjoy, too.
Molly’s Tuxedo by Vicki Johnson, illustrated by Gillian Reid
Molly is trying to look her best for her school photos, but she finds herself torn between her mom’s idea of “best” and her own. Watch Molly use her voice and find comfort in marching to the beat of her own drum. A story about standing out and standing up, Molly’s Tuxedo encourages kids to just be themselves. Johnson spins a realistic tale that all should read, accompanied beautifully by Reid’s colorful and fun imagery. The book hits shelves June 27. vickijohnsonwrites.com
Chicks and the City by Matt Browning, illustrated by Ashley Teets
Stu the chicken wants to experience life in the big city, away from the farm he calls home. But when a chance encounter makes his dream come true, he begins to question whether it’s what he really wants. Browning’s experience with the West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference informs the tale, while Teets’ illustrations bring Stu to life. The bright-eyed bird reminds us all that roots aren’t just for the rural—that you can bring a little life wherever you roam. mattbrowningbooks.com
A Waltz with Words by Clara Lehman, illustrated by Ian Kim
Lehman captures the Appalachian spirit through the melodious rhythms of a collection of children’s poems. They are easy to read with lessons woven in by a voice we can all relate to, all with a hint of that famous Appalachian storytelling. From dancing goblins to kite kings to milk maidens, your child will find peace and intrigue in the unique stories and Kim’s lovely illustrations that bring whimsy and fun to the reader. coatofarmspost.com