This year, I am sharing five not-to-be-missed picture books on the first of each month. We are now halfway through our 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books project! If you are looking for a good summer reading list, take a look at the full 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books list.
Slowly Slowly Slowly said the Sloth by Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is better known. Do You Want to be My Friend? is more beloved by the author himself. But, Slowly Slowly Slowly said the Sloth is my favorite Eric Carle book. Carle’s illustrations of rainforest animals are beautiful. I like the rhythm of the book and enjoy reading it aloud. Most of all, I love the message about being true to yourself and about the value of moving slowly. Ages 2+
Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora. A simple yet moving story about a young boy who longs to play the trumpet like the trumpeter he hears at the Zig Zag Jazz Club. The illustrations are remarkably varied and incorporate graphic patterns that give readers a sense of jazz music playing behind the text. Ages 2+
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child. Lauren Child has a distinctive voice and illustration style. My children cannot get enough of her offbeat stories about brother and sister team, Charlie and Lola. Ages 3+
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. An extremely satisfying read. My kids and I both enjoy reading this humorous tale with instructions for turning a best enemy into a best friend. Enemy Pie is a fantastic book to read during the summer, full of mentions of baseball, tree forts, and other summery fun. Ages 5+
Fox by Margaret Wild. A powerful picture book about friendship, jealousy, and betrayal. Fox reminds me that picture books are for adults as well as for children. Ages 7+
- Which of these books is your favorite, and why?
- How have children you have shared these books with reacted?
- What’s your favorite book by Eric Carle…or Lauren Child, Rachel Isadora, or Margaret Wild?
I look forward to hearing from you!