International Children’s Book Day 2022

By Amanda Cooper, Marketing Intern, University Press of Kentucky

April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day! Did you know that reading to your child for 15 minutes a day can help promote a lifelong love of literacy and learning? Here are a few featured children’s books that you and your little one might enjoy.

Ring Around the Moon: Mommy Goose Rhymes by Mike Norris, Illustrated by Minnie Adkins

“What a wonderful celebration of language! Wit and wordplay abound, and the distinctive mountain phrasing makes these poems sing even beyond the sharp rhyme. But the language is always wrapped around the tale — tall, humorous, and full of critters who explain the wonders of the world. And the illustrations bring such a world to full life. Here is a book of outlandish affection, for young and longer-in-the-tooth readers alike. One suspects it was made in a fit of delight, or a lifetime of it.” —Maurice Manning, author of Railsplitter and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry

“Mommy Goose is back, as sprightly and spry as ever, with a whole new batch of winsome country-flavored rhymes, jingles, tall tales, and tuneful ditties in her poke. Accompanied by her official interpreter (and alter ego) Mike Norris and brought to three-dimensional reality in the antic wood carvings of Minnie Atkins, Mommy once again graces the barnyard with her gentle, timeless wit and wisdom. Welcome home, Mommy!” —Ed McClanahan, author The Natural Man, Famous People I Have Known, and other books

Appalachian Toy and Games from A to Z by Linda Hager Park, Illustrated by Pat Banks

“Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z is delightful, uplifting, and free of stereotypes. This book goes beyond facts; it brings history alive!” —Nancy Allen, author of Trouble in Troublesome Creek

“Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z celebrates a time when fun was powered by imagination and creativity rather than by batteries and electricity. This book will inform and inspire young readers and will remind adults of simpler times when they played outside with siblings and friends, making their own fun.” —Skirt Magazine

A is for Appalachia!: The Alphabet Book of Appalachian Heritage by Linda Hager Park, Illustrated by Park Banks

“This book is a delight from beginning to end. I believe I love it as much as my two daughters do, and they adore it. A is for Appalachia! is entertaining, informative, and a perfect read. I can’t recommend it enough.”—Silas House, author of Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo, and Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal

“She touches on the foods, music and customs peculiar to the Southern Appalachians….A good primer about a much stereotyped and ridiculed culture that has persevered despite challenges from technology and tourism.” —The Advocate

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