Here are my final 5 picks for the 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books list, but the best is still to come — your picks!
On Monday, I will share the 10 books that you, my readers, most frequently recommended, and they are good ones. I did not set out to choose 10 books from your recommendations, but 10 books jumped out at me. There were 3 books and 7 authors that you told me repeatedly I should have included on the 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books list.
What 3 books did readers think were missing from this list? What authors did I unfairly omit? Will I officially change the title of this list from 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books to 70 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books? All will be revealed on Monday. Stay tuned.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. A fun story told in rhyme about animals who seek cover from a storm in a bear’s den. The animals enjoy tea, popcorn, honey nuts and a warm fire, while the bear sleeps through the party. Few stories are more fun to read aloud. Ages 2+
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. A story about a boy Max who, when sent to his room, sails to the land of the wild things and leads a wild ruckus. When Max is ready to return home, he is wecomed back to the comfort of his bedroom where a warm supper is waiting for him. Childhood emotions are allowed to freely express themselves in the pages of Maurice Sendak’s book. Where the Wild Things Are feautures beautiful, textured illustrations and lyrical prose. Ages 4+
Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman. Grace is a wonderful character — creative, adventurous and thoughtful. In Boundless Grace, Grace is invited to visit her father, who she has not seen for years, in The Gambia. Boundless Grace is a compelling story about Grace trying to make sense of her family after meeting her father’s new wife and children. Ages 4+
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. A story about a boy who devours books — no really devours books — until he begins to feel sick to his stomach. While the incredible book eating boy loves the knowledge he acquires by eating books, he knows that he must find a better way. The Incredible Book Eating Boy is a one-of-a-kind tale that celebrates reading. I am a big fan of Oliver Jeffers’ minimal designs, beautiful color pallets, tender characters and offbeat humor. Ages 5+
Grandpa’s Angel by Jutta Bauer. A humorous and, to me, comforting tale about the narrator’s grandfather and an angel who looked after the grandfather throughout his life. While the words tell one story of disaster miraculously avoided and unexplained good luck, the illustrations tell another story of a hardworking and resourceful angel responsible for the grandfather’s good fortune. Ages 7+
For those of you who are new to Oliver Jeffers, here is a nice <3 minute video introduction to his work…
…and this theatre production of The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers looks really neat. Did any of you have the opportunity to see it in person?