See Me Read Thursday | #CYBILS 2023 Book Reviews 11.9.2023

Easy readers and early chapter books are the bridge between listening to stories and taking off on one’s own adventures as an independent reader.

The best ones offer new readers the chance to “model” the person who read picture books to them. They also create new opportunities to bond through reading aloud together.

We’re kicking off our first See Me Read Thursday with some colorful books. You may know the Princess in Black, but have you met the Prince in Pink? And for the fans of glam and glitter, Zoya and Coco are sure to brighten your day.

Reminder: Book cover images link to Goodreads to make it easy to add these to your TBR.


Kirsten @ Goodreads – This is a delightful early reader for kids who love art and glitter. The text reads easily with all of the descriptive onomatopoeic words such as drip, drip and splish, splash emphasized in bold. The illustrations take center stage, occupying most of each page, while the words are at the bottom. The vivid colors mirror Zoya’s lively personality, making it an enchanting and entertaining read for any young child.


Cindy on behalf of Kiss the Book Jr., review by Lisa the Librarian – Hale and Pham have the most wonderful ideas! I love this series, and AJ is just now the perfect age to love it too. We like that the stories are unpredictable and the heroes are clever. The illustrations are so fun, we loved that the Prince in Pink wore a tiara and his catchword was flourish. It’s OK for boys to like sparkles, wear pink and be great at putting the finishing touches on things. Delightful!