I usually post about picture books at least once a month and often twice but somehow I haven’t written about our latest favorites since early February. I don’t know exactly what this winter did my productivity but it was nothing good I can tell you that!
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall. What’s to come of a red crayon that will only color in blue? First a lot of disappointment but over time he comes to realize that he has his own set of strengths. This is a perfect book for anyone who is searching for the ‘real me.’
The Storm Whale by Benji Davies. A little boy is very lonely during the day when his fisherman father is out on the water. Therefore, when he finds a beached baby whale, he is more than happy to bring his new friend home and plop him in the bathtub. When the family eventually brings the whale back to the ocean, the little boy learns what it means to have a friend.
Goodnight Already by Jory John & Benji Davies. This book was laugh out loud funny for adults and children alike. And the best part was that the nagging duck reminded Katherine of the nagging mouse in A Visitor for Bear. I love it when she makes these connections!
Smick written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Juana Medina. With no more than two words on each page, the author shows the power of few words as a full story is told. This book would make an awesome and engaging early reader!
Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul. When Katherine was learning how to read, I wrote a lot about ‘read together’ books. We loved these type of books that allowed an early reader to experience a sense of independence while reading. In these books, the grown up reads most of the text but then there are repeated lines of text throughout the book that allow the new reader to feel a great sense of confidence. Bad Dog Flash is a perfect read together story of a sweet little dog who is quite bad until he isn’t.
Special Delivery written by Phillip Stead and illustrated by Matthew Cordell. These creators are two of my favorites so I was super exited to read this tale of a little girl on a mission to mail an elephant to her Great Aunt Josephine. The book was great although I still love Stead’s Sick Day for Amos McGee and Cordell’s Another Brother more.
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora. This tale of a bunny family who welcomes in a baby wolf is a great alternative to the sappy new baby stories that are out there. It is even funny enough to read if there are no new babies in your house.