Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
Experience the adorable first adventures of childhood with this picture book from bestselling author Charles Ghigna and celebrated illustrator Lori Joy Smith. From the first slip down a slide to the first time picking out a book to read, this rollicking narrative takes readers on a journey of discovery into the memorable firsts in a child's world. A story that will be enjoyed by the whole family, from the youngest, eager to experience their own adventures, to the oldest, so proud to watch them grow.
About the authors
Lori Joy Smith est illustratrice et artiste. Ses oeuvres ont été exposées dans plusieurs galeries d'art à travers le Canada et les États-Unis tandis que ses illustrations ont paru sur des cartes de souhaits et dans les revues Chirp, American Girl, Teen et Today's Parent. Lori aime faire du tricot, dessiner et coudre. Elle habite à Charlottetown à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard.
Lori Joy Smith is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared on greeting cards and in Chirp, American Girl, Teen and Today's Parent magazines, among other places. Lori enjoys knitting, drawing and sewing. She lives with her family in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
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Excerpt: First Times (by (author) Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Lori Joy Smith)
First times are fun times!
From summer to spring.
My first slide down the slide
My first swing on the swing.
"Whether helping with shopping, making dinner, taking care of a new dog, or reading independently, these sibs are proud to exclaim their growth with each new feat…The basic concepts will easily be recognizable by both those who have already achieved and those aspiring to attain each new skill or experience…Notable for the diversity of its characters."
"First Times is a pleasant book that will appeal to both parents and younger readers. Recommended."
"There's something joyous about First Times…something light and festive and fun…A charming and joyous look at that time in everyone's life when absolutely everything is new. The book is aimed at people four to eight, but this is certainly one that the family can read and enjoy together."
“Simple rhymes celebrate the fun...Cheery watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations of proud toddlers should help little ones look forward to learning as they grow.”
The Horn Book Online
"Overall, the book is a great conversation starter for families looking to celebrate new endeavors. An ideal selection for children navigating the new experiences of burgeoning independence."
School Library Journal
"This is a happy book, people!…First Times is a wonderful family book about growing up and being proud of every achievement. I highly recommend it."
Read, Learn, and Be Happy blog
"Both Charles Ghigna and Lori Joy Smith have produced exceptional work. Ghigna's poetry lends itself perfectly to being read aloud…Smith's bright illustrations have a vintage and timeless feel, while also being colourful and dynamic. These elements combine to create a book that families will love to read together and that should become a classic in years to come."
"First Times is joyful book by well-known author Charles Ghinga that captures and celebrates both the mundane and the monumental moments in a child's life. The delightful, sherbet-hued illustrations by Lori Joy Smith feature three children ranging in age from infant to school-aged…The concepts in this book are very relatable for young children, and the illustrations are engaging. However, it is the simple, unheralded representation of diversity that elevates this book into a highly recommended choice for a toddler's bookshelf."
Atlantic Books Today