Media Reviews: Books for Kids

Kris Hickey

MAMA'S KISSES by Kate McMullan, illustrated by Tao Nyeu

This adorable new Kate McMullan book is a perfect bedtime story. Mama animals including a leopard, an elephant and a bear try to put their little ones to bed. This dreamy, rhyming picture book would make a wonderful Mother's Day present.FOR AGES 3-5


Much family drama unfolds as Mary's older cousin gets married. Besides being a junior bridesmaid, Mary must deal with mean girls at her school. Will divine intervention be enough to save this middle-schooler's dignity?FOR AGES 8-12

TWO NAOMIS by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick

Two girls named Naomi have more in common than just their names when one of their fathers starts dating the other's mother. This is a sweet story about building a multiracial, blended family. The characters of the two girls are well developed and show a realistic portrayal of a modern family.FOR AGES 8-12

WHAT LIGHT by Jay Asher

The much-acclaimed author ofThirteen Reasons Why creates a new story about a family that runs a Christmas tree farm. This is a beautiful teen love story. The unique dynamics in Sierra's family weave through the book in a lovely way. Should Sierra choose love or the family business?FOR TEENS


HEADSPACEby Headspace

This free app is perfect for busy parents who need a little Zen in their lives. Headspace gives bite-sized chunks of meditation to anyone who needs time to themselves to decompress. Available through iTunes, Google Play and

Kris Hickey is the Youth Services Manager for the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.