I think Lulu and her dog Bingo are my new favorite superheroes. This is a brand new, adorable story about being the youngest and the smallest in the family but finding all the really big things you can do. I hope this husband-and-wife team write more Lulu adventures. As a little sister myself, I think the illustrations perfectly capture that feeling of being small and sometimes having to make your own fun (my mother’s favorite answer when asked what we’re going to do today: “I am not the cruise director!”). Lulu’s dog Bingo mirrors her moods wonderfully, and his ears are characters all their own.

Ladybug Girl also comes just in time for Summer Reading and the Catch the Reading Bug theme. I’m not a big fan of bugs, so I’m trying to think outside the box for some of my programming. Before I’d heard about this book, I’d actually wanted to do a program about being small (bugs are small, but so are many other things). In full buggy regalia, this book is perfect. And almost the entire children’s staff and I agree that we wish we had ladybug wellies, too.