Best new books for kids
- •“One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree,” by Daniel Bernstrom (HarperCollins, ages 3-5)A resourceful boy outwits a gluttonous snake this rollicking, rhyming tall tale. The untroubled young hero is just having a pleasant stroll — “whirly-twirly toy” in hand — when he is gobbled up whole by a “sneaky-slidey” snake that slips from among the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. Bernstrom’s spirited variation on cumulative tales of hyperbolic consumption begs to be read aloud, and Brendan Wenzel’s sly and delightful digital illustration is filled with a matching cartoony exuberance.
- •“This Land Is Our Land,” by Linda Barret Osborne (Abrams, ages 10 to 14)A clear-eyed history of American immigration — an important subject for any kid who has been paying attention to this year’s presidential election, and perhaps even more so for those who haven’t been. This sweeping, wonderfully illustrated narrative looks at both the high and low points of U.S. policies and attitudes.
- •“If I Was Your Girl,” by Meredith Russo (Flatiron, ages 13 and up)Russo, a transgender woman, offers a vivid portrait of a teenager finding her place in a world that can be dismissive of, even violent to, women and trans people.