Nicole Says…Read these books to your kids!

By Nicole McManus


Cat as a Hat, by Richard Lake; Illustrated by Petrina Ong

A young girl experiences everyday life while her precious cat, Audacious, stays curled on top of her head. The people in her town express their concern and disapproval of this girl and her cat. However, the girl explains to readers all the wonderful things that happen when you wear a cat as a hat.

Richard Lake created a cute story in a sing-song poem. The adorable pictures display a beautiful world that will catch everyone’s attention. The abrupt ending is balanced by a surprise reader contest and the promise of future books. This is a delightful story that is fun to read for cat lovers of any age! For every book purchased, the author is donating $1 to Dragon Boat at the Beach, a team of cancer survivors promoting positive emotional, spiritual and physical well-being through the ancient sport of Dragon Boat Racing.


Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson; Illustrated by: Jane Chapman

Bear tends to hibernate all through the winter season, which means he is sound asleep during Christmas! His forest friends are determined to make sure Bear stays awake this year, so they find several holiday-themed tasks for Bear to do. Will he be able to stay awake with his friends, or will he fall into a deep slumber?

This charming book is sure to become a family favorite. The rhythmic story is beautifully backed by stunning illustrations. Readers are introduced to several forest animals and are taken inside of the Bear’s cave, as they prep for Christmas. The spirit of friendship and giving come alive in this story. Bear Stays Up for Christmas is a delightful must-read during the holiday season.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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