It is time to reveal five more of my favorite picture books! I do not know about you, but I have been enjoying this. I have been enjoying making a point of reading my favorite picture books with my kids and sharing these books with you.
We now have a nice little booklist developing, which you can see here.
As previously mentioned, 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.
Spring is Here by Taro Gomi. I am a fan of Taro Gomi’s illustrations in general. Of Gomi’s books, Spring is Here stands out because it features a clever and beautifully executed concept. In addition, the spare text describing the change of seasons is a joy to read aloud. Ages 3+
Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin and Ana Juan. Ana Juan’s illustrations are captivating. In Elena’s Serenade, Juan’s illustrations transport readers on a magical journey where a girl can pass as a man, animals can be tamed by pipe music, and blown glass creations can take flight. Ages 3+
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems. Knuffle Bunny Too is the second is a series of three stories about a girl Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny. While the stories of Trixie’s attachment to her stuffed animal are familiar, Willems’ tellings of them are not. Willems’ humor — aimed at parents as well as kids — is spot on. His illustrations — a mixture of black and white photographs and colorful cartoon drawings — are fresh and fun. Ages 3+
Press Here by Hervé Tullet. An innovative, interactive book that is sure to delight kids. Press Here is perfect for the four to seven-year-old set who are old enough to follow the directions in this book and young enough to have the capacity to suspend reality for a bit. Ages 4+
A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban. A wonderful story written by a wonderful storyteller. A Birthday for Frances is chalk full of material to satisfy kids: a protagonist grappling with feelings of jealousy, mild misbehavior, amusing dialog, and descriptions of birthday party preparations. A Birthday for Frances not only withstands, but truly gets better, with repeat readings. Ages 4+
- 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 — Taro Gomi, Mo Willems, Ana Juan, Hervé Tullet, or Russell Hoban — that you particularly like?
I look forward to hearing from you!