Since I’ve started weekly themes with Curly, I haven’t been posting our regular ‘favorite books’ discoveries. I have been keeping track of them, however. I have to say that I am falling in love with picture books. I don’t think I appreciated them as a child, or at least I appreciate them much more now. I love how so much can be told with simple words and simple illustrations, or how beautiful poetry and gorgeous illustrations meant for kids can move me, an adult. Kudos to children’s book writers! They accomplish something special.
Here are some recent favorites! Click on the book images to get more information. This post contains affiliate links.
Red Sings From Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman would be one of MY picks. Curly sat and listened to it, but wasn’t too into it. I absolutely love the language in this book. The beautiful and descriptive poetry uses colors to describe the seasons in a way I had never read before. It may be that Curly would like it more if she was older; in any case, if your child (or yourself) digs poetry, this is a great pick. This is a Caldecott Honor Book. I noticed that one of her other books, Swirl by Swirl, is also one of our favorites. I’m going to have to check out her other books!
The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra had Curly giggling, which is always a good sign. The parent letters (the capitals) are trying to get the little letters to go to bed, but the little letters have baths to take, dollies to tuck in, and books to read before they are ready. I always appreciate alphabet books that integrate both the upper and lowercase letters. It’s done in a joyful way in this story!
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is a mostly wordless book, but Aesop’s fable is told here with lush and detailed illustrations. I think I’m finally getting the appeal of wordless books – when I first was introduced to them I felt like I had been cheated out of a book! For a wordless book to really work, the illustrations have to really be something spectacular, in my opinion. Mr. Pinkney accomplishes the task with this book. Really, it can be fun to tell the story in your own words, or have your child tell the story based on the pictures. That’s when it gets really interesting. This one is a Caldecott Medal winner.
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler is a fun one to read for the way it makes you feel; I dare you to read this book without swaying or dancing in your chair. If you accomplish that you need to read it again, because you didn’t get the feeling of the book! With words like “So they Toot-toot-toot and snap-snap-snap and the bouncin’ baby bebops with a clap-clap-clap!” it is a fun one to read to get everyone involved and moving; however I wouldn’t suggest it at bedtime. 🙂 This book received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor award.
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco is one that has been on our list for a long time and we finally got to read it. Mary Ellen declares to her Grandfather that she is tired of reading, so he takes her to find a bee tree. Most of the village takes part in chasing bees back to their tree, and everyone shares the honey that is found. That in itself makes this a fun book, but the ending is especially good. Grandfather has a lesson for her. You can find treasure in books, if you will just exert yourself to read them.