Stacey Loscalzo

Oct 15

Picture Book Favorites: Early Fall Edition

by Stacey

It feels like a really long time since I wrote a picture book posts. Here are some of our recent favorites. Enjoy!

This is Sadie written by Sara O’Leary & illustrated by Julie Morstad. Sadie is a little girl with a huge imagination. I am so glad we were able to share a day with her between the pages of this beautifully illustrated book.


Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison. This books starts out a bit like Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. Bernice is in a bad, bad mood and things just keep getting worse. Fortunately, by the end she realizes that being friendly and reaching out to others might just change her outlook.


My Pen by Christopher Myers. Christopher Myers is Walter Dean Myers son which explains a lot about how wonderful this book is. A true love story of writing and the imagination, this book is a must read for any one who loves written language.


Wild About Us written by Karen Beaumont & illustrated by Janet Stevens. The zoo, like life, would be pretty boring if we were all the same, wouldn’t it? Read alongside brightly colored illustrations to see if the animals agree.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School written by David Cali & illustrated by Benjamin Chaud. In case you are looking for good excuses, this book has plenty to keep you stocked with each excuse becoming more creative and imaginative than the one before it.


Ask Me written by Bernard Waber & illustrated by Suzy Lee. This is a story full of thoughtful questions and answers between a father and daughter. I loved seeing how the two came to know the others’ thoughts as they strolled through the gorgeous fall illustrations that covered the pages.


Night Animals by Gianna Marino. The illustrations in this book are to die for and you can’t help but laugh out loud when you realize that all the night animals think they are meant to be scared of night animals. And wait for an extra big giggle at the end…


Rufus the Writer written by Elizabeth Bram & illustrated by Chuck Groenik. Rufus sets up the best kind of stand I can imagine. Not a lemonade stand, but a story stand. All his friends come for stories and we, as readers, get to read what he has written.


Little Bird’s Bad Word by Jacob Grant. This book presents the power of words in a really simple, easy for small people to understand kind of way. The title led me to think this book would be about cursing but it turns out it is more about words in general which makes it all the more appealing.


I Yam a Donkey! by Cece Bell. For some reason I have avoided this book and I am so glad that I finally read it. Somehow Cece Bell makes a book about a donkey, a yam and grammar laugh out loud funny. I highly recommend it.


  1. Leah says:

    What is it about children’s picture books that are too hard to resist? I have to get the “Rufus the Writer” book for my daughter. She does the same thing!

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