I am excited to share five more of my 60 not-to-be-missed picture books with you. This year, I am sharing five not-to-be-missed picture books on the first of each month.
You are invited to read these books along with us! Feel free to read all five books or only those that look interesting to you each month. This will be most fun if you stop back after you have read the books and let us know what you think. If you have not done so already, sign up to receive notices when new booklists are posted via email, RSS feed, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.
For more about this project as well as to see the first five books on the list and others’ reactions to those books, see January’s post.
The Daddy Book by Todd Parr. Parr’s colorful, bold illustrations are great for babies and toddlers, while his humor and messages entertain older children. The Daddy Book, intentionally or not, also offers encouragement for parents. Ages 1+
Fredrick by Leo Lionni. A story about a family of field mice preparing for winter that celebrates the value of art and poetry. Leo Lionni is one of my favorite authors. His stories are always carefully crafted and give you something to think about. Ages 3+
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr. A charming book about a young girl and her father who head out on a winter night in search of an owl. In lesser hands, this wisp of a storyline would fall flat. However, Yolen’s poetic prose and Schoenherr’s muted pen and watercolor illustrations are captivating. Ages 3+
Wolves by Emily Gravett. Emily Gravett is awesome. She is funny. She is clever. She is an amazing artist. I think Wolves is Gravett’s best book thus far. A rabbit checks out a book at the library about wolves, begins reading, and the book comes to life. Ages 5+
Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson. The true story of a man Henry “Box” Brown who, born a slave, had himself packed in a box and mailed North to freedom. The story of Brown’s life as a slave, brought to life by Kadir Nelson’s rich illustrations, is heartbreaking. Ages 7+
- Which of these books is your favorite, and why?
- How have children you have shared these books with reacted?
- Is there another book by one of these authors or illustrators — Todd Parr, Jane Yolen, Leo Lionni, Emily Gravett, or Kadir Nelson — that you particularly like?
I look forward to hearing from you!