Stacey Loscalzo

Dec 01

Favorite Picture Books: This Week’s Adventures

by Stacey

We read some really fun books over the past week. Let us know if you have read and loved any of these or if you have others to share. We love to watch our ‘to be read pile’ grow. 19156006

Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead tells the sweet story of a little boy who sets off in a hot air balloon to “see something new for a change.” Along the way, he makes new friends and has many exciting adventures.


The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan with pictures by Hadley Hooper paints a simple description of Henri Matisse’s many childhood inspirations. The colors in the book make you want to run right out and grab a set of paints.


Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols is a perfect sister story. These sisters love each other, fight and then make it all right. The story felt so true to life as the mom of two lovable sisters.


Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier and Kris DiGiacomo may be my favorite current alphabet book. I tend to dislike alphabet books if truth be told but this one is so smart, you just can’t help but love it. I’l just give you a little preview… Did you know, for example that with the D, a dice makes ice? Me neither but now you do!


This Books Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne is laugh out loud funny. The book does indeed eat a dog along with many other things and it is up to you, the reader, to rescue the victims from the book’s grasp.


The Best Book in the World by Rilla has gorgeous illustrations and lovely language about the power of books. That said, this may be a book loved more by the grown ups than the children. I couldn’t get enough of it but Katherine wasn’t so sure. Perhaps I just shouldn’t have read it right after This Book Just Ate My Dog.


Wednesday by Anne Bertier is a genius of a book. It is part art inspiration, part reminder to work together and part fun. Follow the adventures of a square and a circle as they transform themselves and their day in to a big adventure.


Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo tells the tale of a cactus who looks for love in all the wrong places until he finds the perfect friend.



  1. Kristen says:

    Always good ones to look for, Stacey–thank you for the great list. (I am a big Philip Stead fan!)

    • Stacey says:

      Thank you! And yes- we love Philip Stead too. Although I don’t think I have loved anything as much as a Sick Day for Amos McGee. 

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