This year Instagram influencer and best-selling author Eva Chen combined two of the most popular kids’ fascinations, unicorns and dinosaurs, into a dazzling picture book illustrated by Matthew Rivery. Roxy the Last Unisaurus Rex will teach your children to both embrace their individuality and appreciate it in others.
Here, Chen tells us about what she's been reading lately, and why: "No doubt it's been a long year with a plot straight out of a dystopian fiction series. I typically read to escape, but right now I'm reading two kinds of books. Ones that transport me away from the world we're in now (science fiction, fantasy, and basically any YA series that involves fairies or werewolves), and others that help me to understand the world we live in now and how we can improve it." These are the books topping her to-read pile.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I am a book nerd and always have to re-read a book before a new book comes out. (Imagine how many books I had to read before each Potter or Game of Thrones book came out!). So excited for Ready Player Two.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Most of my followers know that I'm obsessed with YA. That obsession extends to nonfiction for young readers as well. This book covers a critical and crucial topic but is conversational in tone. A must-read.
Like Stamped, this is available in both a Young Reader's edition and an adult version. This book is timely, yes, but also an important read for anyone wanting to understand voting in America and our fundamental rights.
Kindergarten Big Fun Workbook by Highlights Learning
OK, so I didn't exactly read this book for leisure purposes. But with school being remote for the time being, I picked up this workbook for my daughter (age five). She actually asks for the "big K" book every night. She loves the puzzles! This book is digestible and makes at-home-schooling (slightly) less maddening.
The Instagram influencer and best-selling author explains why she was drawn to two particular kinds of books this year.