Covering a wide variety of topics (morning routines, transportation and safety vehicles, etc.), this series is of relevance to new learners interested in the larger world around them. Each title opens with a “Words to Know Before You Read” page that allows caregivers to have conversations with little ones before reading the actual text. Using emergent literacy techniques, such as picture walks, is also encouraged. It’s Too Noisy! is the strongest in that it presents a timely topic (noise pollution) in an easy-to-understand picture book format. Softly hued illustrations depict kids and their families; however, the artwork is a bit generic, as most of the characters resemble one another across volumes with only differences in skin tone and hair.
VERDICT Consider for school and public libraries looking to incorporate nonfiction about everyday experiences for preschoolers.
- School Library Journal, November 2017