Musicians are putting down the instruments and turning their musical talents into lovable children’s tales.
Written by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford. Illustrated by Tim Bowers Moondance, $24.
Chances are you’ve cut footloose once or twice to this classic song. And now it’s back, in all its earworm glory, but with new lyrics just for kids. As a dance party kicks off at the zoo, the animals slip on their dancin’ shoes and let loose! If you’re in the mood to move, too, then you’re in luck; each book comes with a Footloose CD, performed by Kenny Loggins himself. Although, don’t be surprised if your child is embarrassed by your dance skills.
WHEN YOU’RE FEELING SICK
Written by Coy Bowles. Illustrated by Andy Elkerton Doubleday Books, $18.
If laughter is the best medicine, then your kiddo will be on the mend after reading this funny picture book. Coy Bowles, usually found performing with the Zac Brown Band, has created a silly story filled with advice about conquering those days when you’re feeling icky. Coy wrote the book after his mother fell ill and he spent time with her in the hospital. Seeing young patients facing their own battles, he decided that if a silly story might help a sick child, then he would put it on paper.
ALMOST A FULL MOON
Written by Hawksley Workman. Illustrated by Jensine Eckwall Tundra Books, $22
Based on Hawksley Workman’s Christmas song of the same name, Almost a Full Moon is an enchanting story of a boy and his grandmother who make a bottomless pot of soup that welcomes friends and family into their cabin. The words and illustrations combine to create a warm, cozy experience. It is the first book from the Canadian singer/songwriter (with more to come, hopefully!).