Marcia Strykowski

Book Picks

I thought you might enjoy these new children’s books I’ve recently come across. They range from picture book through young adult.

lassieTHERE WAS A WEE LASSIE WHO SWALLOWED A MIDGIE by Rebecca Colby  *  In this hilarious twist on the much-loved rhyme, the wee lassie swallows a succession of Scotland’s favourite creatures to catch that pesky midge — including a puffin, a Scottie dog, a seal, and even Nessie! After all that, she can’t still be hungry. Can she? Kate McLelland’s funny, engaging illustrations bring to life this uniquely Scottish version of a classic rhyme.

dorothyJaneMISS DOROTHY-JANE WAS EVER SO VAIN by Julie Fulton  *  This is the third book in the charming Ever So Series. Miss Dorothy-Jane thinks her good looks and stylish clothes make her popular. However, when on her way to Hamilton Shady’s Best Lady Competition, Dorothy-Jane must put aside her vanity to save the day. Fun, rhyming picture book set in the fictional town of Hamilton Shady. Wonderful illustrations by Jona Jung.

papacrowSONG FOR PAPA CROW by Marit Menzin  *  Little Crow loves to sing, and Papa Crow loves his song. But when Little Crow shares his crow songs with the other birds at the big old tree, they laugh and scatter. If only he could sing, but Little Crow should be careful what he wishes for… Paired with colorful collage illustrations, this inspirational story is complemented by fun facts about North American birds and their sounds.

bigRiverBIG RIVER’S DAUGHTER by Bobbi Miller  *  When River Fillian’s powerful father, a pirate on a Mississippi keeler, disappears after a horrific earthquake in 1811, she must challenge the infamous rivals who hope to claim his territory and find her own place in the new order. This clever tale of a feisty heroine includes historical notes.

gettysburgAnd a sneak peek at Bobbi’s newest book–GIRLS OF GETTYSBURG available August 1st! * Picketts Charge, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, is the powerful climax of this gripping, deeply affecting Civil War novel, told from the perspectives of three girls: a frivolous Union loyalist, a free Black, and a southern girl disguised as a boy fighting in the Confederate Army.

mintyMINTY by Christina Banach   * Fourteen-year old twins Minty and Jess are inseparable. Nothing can tear them apart. Until a family trip to the coast puts their bond in jeopardy. As Minty tries to rescue her dog from drowning she ends up fighting for her life. Will Minty survive? If she doesn’t, how will Jess cope without her? Only the stormy sea has the answer. Mystical and memorable!

pandemicPANDEMIC by Yvonne Ventresca * Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal and her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. This is a real page turner!

Most of these are brand new books, so you may want to request them at your local bookstore or library.


  1. leandrajwallace

    Oh, I love the cover of Big River’s Daughter. A tiger! On a crate! =)


  2. Ashley

    Thank you for sharing these ideas. They all look interesting!


  3. Thanks for the mention, Marcia!



  4. I hadn’t come across any of these. About half I’d like to read for myself, while the other half I have several young readers I’ll recommend these to. Thanks for the mid-summer reviews.


  5. *There Was a Wee Lassie . . .* and *Miss Dorothy-Jane* sound fantastic. I have not heard of them do will be checking them out. Thanks for sharing these books.


    • Both are fun, bright picture books–great for story time. Thanks for your comment!


  6. Thank so much for mentioning ‘Wee Lassie’, Marcia! And I’m looking forward to checking out some of your other recommendations!


    • My pleasure, Rebecca. It’s an adorable book. Thanks for stopping by!


  7. All of these books are new to me! The picture books look adorable! They each have such cute covers. The MG books sound very intriguing. I always enjoy a good HF book. 🙂 The YA books also look interesting. Thanks for sharing these with us.


  8. Susan

    You have good taste.


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