Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa (Donna L. Washington)

Happy Holidays Week, Day 2: Hello, everyone! Our book today is Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa, written by Donna L. Washington and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, a sweet tale about a rabbit who learns the true meaning of the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.

L’il Rabbit is not having the best Kwanzaa; he simply can’t find a good way to contribute to the celebrations like his parents or siblings. To make matters worse, his mother is busy caring for his sick Granna Rabbit, so she won’t have time to make the Karamu, a traditional Kwanzaa feast. Feeling sad, L’il Rabbit decides to place all his energy into finding a special gift to give his Granna, and sets off on a search for something that may make her feel better, along the way learning about the power of community, kindness, and faith.

Okay, to be frank, everything I knew about Kwanzaa I had learned from a half-forgotten episode of The Proud Family I watched when I was a kid, so I was looking forward to a refresher, and to encouraging JJ to learn about the holidays and traditions of others. Fortunately, this book is perfect for that! The story is sweet and has a wonderful message, all while showing the Seven Principles through the characters’ actions. The length is good for baby bookworms, perhaps bordering on a bit long for the youngest readers, but JJ had no problems, so not too bad. The simple illustrations are very cute and full of personality, and most importantly, the book embodies the principles and spirit of Kwanzaa while educating about the holiday itself. Baby Bookworm approved!

Creepy Carrots! (Aaron Reynolds)

Hello, everyone! Our book today is Creepy Carrots!, written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown, the tale of a rabbit who finds himself the subject of a spooky mystery!

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots, and none are better than the carrots that grow wild in Crackenhooper Field. He always grabs a few to munch on when he’s headed to school or little league, and he doesn’t think anyone minds much. That is, until he begins to see the carrots following him. EVERYWHERE. Are the sinister veggies a figment of his imagination? Or is he being stalked by… Creepy Carrots?

This was a fun book. There is a fantastic visual and storytelling motif that pays tribute to the horror movies of old (the drawn out suspense, the trichromatic illustrations – black, white, and orange, naturally) but isn’t so scary that young kids won’t enjoy it. In fact, this seems like an especially good book to read aloud, with lots of opportunities for spooky voices. However, younger kids might not get the joke, and could leave them a bit scared to eat their veggies! But older kids and baby bookworms like JJ will have a blast. The length is good, and this will make a creepy-cute read for storytime with your own little bunny. Baby Bookworm approved!

The Snatchabook (Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty)

Hello, everyone! Today, we read The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty, the sweet story of a town’s mysterious disappearing stories and the power of reading together.

One night in Burrow Down, after all the bedtime stories have been read, the books start disappearing – first a few at a time, then whole shelves of books at once! A bunny named Eliza Brown is determined to catch the culprit, so she sets a trap to discover who it might be. Lo and behold, she discovers the book theif, but finds that the creature, a Snatchabook, and his motives are not at all what she expects!

This was a fantastic story about one of our favorite subjects: the importance of reading together! The animal characters, especially the brave, book-loving Eliza are fantastic, the rhyming text flows well and is enjoyable to read, and the moral lesson and resolution are just lovely. The illustrations are very cute, and the length is fine for little readers. We really enjoyed this one, and we bet that you will too. Baby Bookworm approved!