Silly Picture Books With Purpose


Chicks Don’t Eat Candy! 

by Kelly Tills

Chicks Don’t Eat Candy by Kelly Tills

You are in for a sweet treat. This little book is #5 in Kelly Tills’ Awesome Animals series, but this is my first. What a HOOT!

Did you know that the delightful thing about chicks is that they do not eat candy? Why not? The simple yet engaging narrative and fun illustrations explain the science behind tongues and taste buds.

My four-year-old grandson loved the silly banter and had fun showing everyone his tongue and taste buds. “See? I can taste sweets, like candy and doughnuts. Chicks can’t!”

I also appreciated the use of the dyslexia friendly font that aids eye tracking and letter recognition. I can’t wait to add the other books to my grandson’s library. 

Meow is Not a Cat

By Kelly Tills, Illustrated by Max Saladriagas

Kelly Tills has been a busy and prolific author. She also recently launched Meow is Not a Cat. This very funny story follows a child who definitely sees and moves through the world to a different drumbeat. Idioms are taken literally, and the different ways of interpreting the world lead to creative outcomes. A grumpy cat and troop of monkeys add to the hilarity. Kids will love the spirited Meow and grown-ups will definitely relate to the orderly teacher, Mrs Snickity. 

You can check out Kelly Tills’ website complete with book links and freebies for the kids at

I am trying my hand in writing book reviews. Writers are first readers. It is important to share book reviews so that fellow readers may be able to find their next great read. Bunches of thanks go out to  Deb from Deb’s WorldJo from And Anyways, Donna from Retirement Reflections and Sue from Women Living Well After 50 for co-hosting the Whats on Your Bookshelf Challenge. Every third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Every third Friday PM (Southern Hemisphere) of the month, one can share in the comments, a blog post, or on other social media platform. Join in and be sure to include the hashtag #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge so your link is included in the posts.

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Becoming America’s Food Stories

Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

10 thoughts

  1. I loved reading picture books when Sarah was little… our favourite was Hairy Maclary From Donaldsons Dairy. There was a series of them and they were fabulous. Thanks for linking up!


  2. Hi Antoinette these books sound perfect for young readers and I’m sure my grandchildren would enjoy them. Thanks for the suggestions and joining us for WOYBS and Friendly Friday 🙂

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