Joshua’s Bookshelf!: If Kids Ruled the World, by Linda Bailey

[This review is based on the ARC (Advance Reader Copy) digital edition published by Kids Can Press Ltd. in 2014.]

So what’s it about?
If Kids Ruled the World…life would be very different. Dinosaurs would roam the park, bathtubs would come complete with water slides, and you could go to a school that corresponds with your interests (fairy school, anyone?). Play would be the order of the day, all day, every day!

What did we think of the book?
This may well be the book I’ve been dreaming of for years! In my eyes, it is quite literally the perfect children’s book: colorful, realistic artwork featuring diverse children; fantastical twists on real-life experiences; and the very powerful message that active play is one of the most important aspects of childhood. Joshua really enjoyed reading it as well! He loved talking about all of the fun images he saw on the pages and exercising his imagination. I asked him, “What else could you do if kids ruled the world?”, and then I realized that this would be the perfect language arts activity for school-age kids!

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
Without a doubt! If Kids Ruled the World sends a very powerful, positive message — one that I truly want deeply embedded in Joshua’s mind as he grows up. Not only will I keep a copy on Joshua’s bookshelf at home, but I would recommend it for preschool and early elementary school classrooms as well!

If Kids Ruled the World will be available for purchase on September 1, 2014. Click here to pre-order a copy via Barnes and Noble or IndieBound!