Lola Reads to Leo
written by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Lola's mom reads a bedtime story about a little girl and her new baby brother. As her parents prepare for their new child, Lola sorts her books so baby brother will have books of his own. She also decides which books will be read to him. After Leo arrives, Lola has a soft book as a present for him. She is not deterred or jealous when Leo cries. When he bathes, Lola has a duck book to read. A bear book is the selection when Leo is feeding. No matter the crisis, Lola is ready to help. At the end of the day, the family gathers together with a story for Leo and Lola.
As with the previous Lola books, reading is an integral part of the story. Lola is a wonderful role model for how young children should be immersed in stories. Another terrific quality of Lola Reads to Leo is that Lola shows no jealousy towards Leo. She is ready to help her family and doesn't worry about the attention that Leo needs. This would be a great book to share with a young child that has a sibling on the way. It is also a good reminder for parents to make sure that older siblings are included when a newborn arrives. If you haven't read the two previous Lola books, seek them out. This is a delightful character to share with younger readers.