VanitaBooks publishes books for children ages 4-8 that are short tales teaching a moral or value. Each book presents a dilemma or fear that a child may have, and resolves those issues through the loving and reassuring guidance of a parent, or through the plot of the story itself. VanitaBooks donates all net profits to charities where “people help people help themselves.”
VanitaBooks sent me several terrific children’s titles. Here’s the books and my thoughts-
Magic Words is available this September. This is the only
book story of the bunch that I didn’t like. It is “a modern translation (1965) of a very old Inuit creation story by nationally known poet Edward Field.” While I do like to share fantasy and make-believe with children, I think this myth feels more serious and maybe confusing to small children. It is beautifully illustrated by Mike Blanc however and he does a wonderful job making this a visually entertaining book.
Also available this fall is Ariel Bradley. This is a 56 page paperback chapter-book. It offers kids a great story and great art, both rich with history. A glossary is included at the end of the book for learning some of the history terms pertaining to the story. All net profits from this book go to Fisher House Foundation.
A great book for educators and parents, Knees explains dyslexia in a way kids can understand. The art is done in a big, eye catching coloring-book style. It was “designed taking into consideration the needs of the reader with dyslexia. The font Lexia Readable was chosen for that purpose along with the use of a cream colored paper to minimize contrast and show-through.” The VanitaBooks website is very informative and with this particular book, their is a link to the Mayo Clinic for a definition of dyslexia. All net profits from this book go to Lawrence School.
I Came From the Water
“The story is based on the actual experiences of Moses, an eight year-old boy and resident of St. Helene’s orphanage outside Port-au-Prince. As an infant, he was literally plucked from the waters of a nearby river, having been placed in a basket by whom we believe was his grandmother. The rest of his family perished in floods that wiped out their upland village in 2004. He was given his name by the nuns at St. Helene’s. The title is Moses’ reply to the author when she asked where he is from.”
I came From the Water makes a perfect read-aloud book. The end of the book includes an interview with Moses and real photos from Haiti. VanitaBooks will donate 10% from each book sold to Father Rick and Sister Judy for their work at St. Damien and St. Helene.
Mike Blanc illustrates this one, too, with bold colorful images. You can read about how the art was created for each of the VanitaBooks on the website.
Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries
And last but not least, LIfe is a Bowl Full of Cherries. Big page illustrations by Robin Hegan go along with this book’s idiom learning lesson. The meaning of the idiom is explained in small print upside down. VanitaBooks donates all net profits to The Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis and other charities where “people help people help themselves.”
Books provided by VanitaBooks in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.