Catherine Nichols, aka The Cath in the Hat, is a Round 2 judge on our Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books team this year, and today's featured blogger. Her blog focuses exclusively on books for the early reader, and in her day-to-day life, she's a children's writer and editor. Fun fact: She's written books about an incredible range of topics, from bugs to Barack Obama.
One of the books she reviewed at her blog last year was Easy Readers finalist Penny and Her Song, a new book in the series about a little mouse girl by Caldecott winner Kevin Henkes. This volume of the series recounts the tale of a new song she's just learned at school--but if she sings it at home, she'll wake the babies. In her review, Catherine says:
Click here for the full review.
Henkes, without moralizing, shows his readers the benefits of using self-control and patience. Short, direct sentences combined with Henkes's always delightful illustrations give us a winning easy readers children will want to read again and again.