Pono Finds His Flippers by Pattie McCan Tracy. Almost along the same lines as Giant the Lion, Pono Finds His Flippers would be a great read for a child learning to swim. This story however, centers around a little boy name Pono and his adorable monk seal named Lani. There are so many elements that you could use within this book, for homeschooling. My kids are really interested in Hawaii-so they love this. I lived in Hawaii as a kid and it makes me miss it! The illustrations have a hand-drawn look which my tinys are really into. It makes them want to try and draw the characters and that's so much fun!
Under the Sea: A Seashell Meditation for Children Coloring and Activity Book by Patricia May and Kristina M Mangan. My daughter has begged for this book from the moment we got it in. It's not like any of the "adult" coloring books out there. This one is geared towards kids, but also has pages with questions for them to think through and draw out. It teaches about the ocean and (again), would make a great unit study. The lines are chunky and bold, so even a younger child would enjoy this. I seriously wanted to keep this book for myself, but I know that I'll benefit from the quiet time it creates!
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine. I was worried that this book would be to much for my kids-I was wrong. It opened up a world of deep conversations and has become a family treasure. This is the real story of Michel, and how he was forced to become a child soldier in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It's a griping tail with a happy ending. Although, you can say the story isn't quite finished yet. You see, Michel is going all over telling his story. It's a story that we all need to hear.
These are just a small taste of some of the books my kids and I are enjoying right now! I am also going to be giving away a few of these next week! Check out and follow my Instagram for that update!
What are some of your favorite underdog children's books?
*Some of these books I purchased myself, and some were sent to me for a review*