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Editor's Corner (December)

By: Amy Reynolds

Adults enjoy Christmas. I know that I do, but it's the young that give me the inspiration to celebrate the holiday. The enthusiasm and appreciation of children bring out the best of the holiday. I've read some outstanding children's books in 2018 that could bring so much joy and pleasure to a young reader. Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Suttons Bay resident Lynn Rae Perkins is about the adventure as summer vacation when nothing really bad happens and new discoveries around every corner. It's a novel that glows with genuine kindness. (Ages 10 and up.)

Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DeCamillo is a gem, so much that I had to then read the prequel, Raymie Nightingale. (Ages 10 and up.) Louisiana has so little and soon finds herself without even that tiny bit. Can she find a family of her own?

A picture book biography of Michigan artist Gwen Frostic examines her life and nature-inspired art. Nature's Friend by Lindsey McDivitt is beautifully and colorfully illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen. Speaking of illustrations, Brianne Farley conveys her sweet humor and delightful detail in her newest book, Building Books. Brother loves reading, sister loves building. can they ever learn to share their passions with each other?

And finally, we can all delight in Bill Smith's newest book in his Chickadee series, Chickadeeland. Chickadees are found in all 48 mainland US states and this picture book has us following a chickadee to National Parks across the country, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, of course!