Chiro, a young bat, learns that he must make his first night trip alone. When he complains that it will be “…darker even than the water before dawn,” his mother explains that there are many ways to see the world. Some parents and educators will have to explain echolocation, but children will delight in this lesson as they see the light pouring from Chiro’s singing mouth. Chiro’s mother is featured as end-caps in this story, but her wisdom and tenderness are undeniable. Grades K–3.
If there were ever a rite of passage for kids on the Central Coast it would be to read the fun and fanciful tale of Treasure Island where, in 1883, a daring young boy sets out on a pirate adventure set on our own coastline. Even with familiar characters such as Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins, this illustrated edition is anything but ordinary—Lawrence’s beautiful woodcuts make reading this book a family bedtime treasure the entire year through. Ages 10+