Book of The Week

'It's a Great Big Colorful World' by Tom Schamp

'It's a Great Big Colorful World' by Tom Schamp

Step inside the over-sized cover of 'It's a Great Big Colorful World' and meet Otto the cat, who wakes up on a dreary winter morning. "Why is everything so gray today?" he sighs. Luckily, when you turn the page, you meet Leon the chameleon. Join the pair as they take an amazing journey into all the beautiful colors in the world. Gray, white, black, yellow, orange, red, pink, blue, green and brown; Schamp explores all of them! From giant Bengal tiger to a humble pair of blue jeans, there is so much to discover on every page that you won't read this book the same way twice. 

'All Are Welcome' by Alexandra Penfold, illus. Suzanne Kaufman

'All Are Welcome' by Alexandra Penfold, illus. Suzanne Kaufman

 Have you read this beautiful #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, celebrating diversity, acceptance, and inclusivity? Reading 'All Are Welcome' felt like getting a big hug! Follow along ast families of all different nationalities, religions, and traditions learn together and from one another. While they have many difference, they all come together to read together, eat together, and play together.

'Goodnight San Luis Obispo' by Jennifer Kirn, ills. Gay Melody Sullivan

'Goodnight San Luis Obispo' by Jennifer Kirn, ills. Gay Melody Sullivan

Let's give this book some SLOCAL love!

Take a trip through the sights of San Luis Obispo, from the gooey Bumble Gum alley, to the beautiful San Simeon Pier. Whether you are a born and raised Slocal, a Cal Poly Grad, or someone who has enjoyed vacationing on our beaches, you are sure to love this beautiful tribute to San Luis Obispo.  Written and illustrated by SLO locals, Jennifer Kirn and Gay Melody Sullivan, this story captures the beauty and diversity on the central coast. This book has quickly become a best-seller for us at Whiz Kids and it is easy to see why! 

'The Dad Lab' by Sergei Urban

'The Dad Lab' by Sergei Urban

Urban is on a mission to inspire parents to spend more quality times with their kids by sharing his own journeys into play, art and science! In his latest book, experimenting dad Sergei Urban shares his top fifty science projects, including some that he's never shared before. I love how easy it is to just flip to a page and start a project. Make the most of your time together with these fun kid-friendly, S.T.EM. projects that will inspire families to work, play, and learn together while they explore the secrets of the world around us.

'Touch and Explore: Animals at Night' by Pascale Hédelin, Emmanuel Ristord

'Touch and Explore: Animals at Night' by Pascale Hédelin, Emmanuel Ristord

Feel the soft feathers of the owl, the bumpy skin of the toad, the delicate antennae of the moth, and much more as you make your way through the multisensory journey of 'Touch and Explore: Animals at Night'. The newest addition to the critically acclaimed 'Touch and Explore' series is equal parts education and entertaining! The world of nighttime creatures is just a flip of the page away with this adorable and engaging bedtime favorite! 

'The Forest Feast For Kids' by Erin Gleeson

'The Forest Feast For Kids' by Erin Gleeson

"Have you ever wanted to crawl into a cookbook and live in its world? That’s how I feel when I page through Erin Gleeson’s gorgeous The Forest Feast for Kids."

If you are trying to get your kids excited about adding vegetables to their diet, look no farther than 'The Forest Feast For Kids'. The first Children's book from New York Times bestselling author Erin Gleeson is so beautiful and colorful that you will be running to the closest farmers market to get started. "To be tasty, recipes don't need to be complicated," says Gleeson, "My goal is for you to have fun..., be creative, (and) try some new ingredients".

'The Constitution Decoded' by Katie Kennedy

'The Constitution Decoded' by Katie Kennedy

 Author Katie Kennedy has brought us a guide book that empowers young readers (and even adults who could use a refresher) to be educated and engaged citizens. 'The Constitution Decoded' takes each article of the constitution and breaks it down into language even I can understand! Learn the vocabulary, amendments, and even historical context that makes our constitution the amazing document that it is. With election season in full swing and so many turning to distance learning and homeschooling, the timing is perfect to add a civics lesson to your curriculum! Add 'The Constitution Decoded' to your home library!

Iggy Peck Architect

Iggy Peck Architect

This wonderful New York Times bestselling picture book is a fun-filled, inspiring story about the power of teamwork and the importance of celebrating individual gifts and self-expression. "Iggy Peck Architect" is an award winning book that is not only a Whiz Kids best seller, but also a staple in our home. Iggy has one passion: building. But when his second grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer tells him no more building in school; Iggy faces a challenge. Can he show his teacher how useful his building can be? Laugh and learn along with Iggy in this hilarious tale. 

"How to Read to Grandma or Grandpa" by Jean Reagan, illus. by Lee Wildish

"How to Read to Grandma or Grandpa" by Jean Reagan, illus. by Lee Wildish

"This is a book every grandma and grandpa probably need to go ahead and buy to keep at your house for those times when your grandkids come over. It's quite humorous! Factual, too."

The bestselling writing and illustrating team of 'How To Babysit A  Grandma' and 'How to Babysit a Grandpa' are back! Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish's new book is just as sweet, silly, and smart as their last! I love this series and its sweet portrayal of an effortless and loving bond between the grandchildren and their grandparents. The young siblings empower the readers to navigate spending time with their grandparents and to take charge of their literacy and imaginative storytelling!

'Just Like Me' by Vanessa Brantely-Newton

'Just Like Me' by Vanessa Brantely-Newton

The book 'Just Like Me' by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the author of 'Grandma’s Purse', is a collection of poetry filled with engaging mini stories about girls of all kinds: girls who feel happy, girls who feel sad, girls who feel scared, girls who feel powerful, girls who love their bodies and girls who don’t, country girls, city girls, girls who love their mothers, and girls who wish they had a father. With bright portraits in Vanessa’s signature style of vibrant colors and unique patterns, this book invites readers to find themselves and each other within its pages. 

'Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2'

'Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2'

"This amazing book shows girls they can be anything they want." - Melinda Gates

'Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2' is the sequel to the New York Times bestseller inspiring girls and boys everywhere to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder. The authors, Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli,  take you and your kids on an empowering journey through 100 new bedtime stories about extraordinary women from all over the world, featuring the adventures of women from Nefertiti to Beyoncé, Rosalind Franklin to J.K. Rowling

'Friends at the Firehouse' by Kayla Stark

'Friends at the Firehouse' by Kayla Stark

Cheerful and clever, 'Friends at the Firehouse' is my favorite new board book of  2020. This book makes me miss our weekly Whiz Kids Story Times SO MUCH! It is an adorable shaped board book with an innovative design that allows the book to open from the middle, inviting toddlers and young readers to explore the fun inside! The story follows the firefighters as they prepare for a big parade. When they realize their Dalmatian puppy is missing, they know they can't start until the find their furry friend! But where in the firehouse is the pup hiding? Lift-the-flaps to find out!