Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Lola Reads to Leo

Lola Reads to Leo

Anna McQuinn
Illustrator:  Rosalind Beardshaw 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Charlesbridge, 2012   ISBN: 978-1580894043

Lola loves books and stories, and at the end of every day she likes her mother or father to read her a story. Soon Lola is going to be a big sister, so Lola’s mother reads her a story about a little girl who, like Lola, gets a new baby brother. While they are waiting for the baby to arrive, Lola and her parents share a lot of stories, and Lola goes through her books to choose some that she thinks her baby brother will like.

   When the baby finally arrives, Lola’s welcoming gift for him is a “soft book for his crib.” Lola soon learns that telling stories to babies is an excellent way to pass the time when the baby is having a meal, having his diaper changed, having a bath, and having a nap. Lola finds just the right story to read to suit these occasions.

   In this is charming picture book, the author and illustrator who brought us Lola at the Library bring back their book-loving little girl to show us how she shares her love of books and stories with those she loves. The story is a true celebration of the way in which a family can bring stories and books into the lives in so many ways.