Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A smattering of picture books

It's been a while since I shared some kid's books around here which seems kinda ridiculous because we're averaging around 50 books checked out from the library, most of which are children's picture books. I feel like I'm getting to be quite the children's book expert, mostly from reading what others read to their kids on blogs. My small living room is veritably overrun with books, my dream house has many a bookshelf!

Here's a small sampling of what my kids have enjoyed the most recently, and my thanks if you've already posted about a book - I probably found it from you!


How any Peter Spier books are out of print is beyond me! They're all beautifully illustrated and this particular book of Mother Goose nursery rhymes has such sweet pictures of farm and town life from around the Revolutionary era that it's just precious. The illustrations make the nursery rhymes interesting to the older kids who have heard them before and I just love that.

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

This is a graphically illustrated story with a simple storyline that my kids find just hilarious. It's goofy and fun and not high literature, but a storybook of pure fun and delight.

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie de Paola

This is a sweet, short chapter book based on de Paola's own childhood during the 30's. He crafts memorable stories that are perfect for small kids and there is humour sprinkled in generous amounts for eager listeners. This was a hit with all my kids and is a great read-aloud for the younger set who need shorter chapters. (I'm talking to you Narnia!)

Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

A very whimsical book full of interesting fantastical creatures that kids can't help but love. The sweet story of Julia opening her house to wandering fairy tale creatures is really darling. The boys and girls love this one and it's requested very often.

John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco

Polacco can always be counted on to tell well developed and interesting stories, this is no exception. The story of a boy working at a hotel who loves ducks and trains them to entertain the hotel guests in the lobby is great. I'm not sure where I found this one but I'm glad I did.

I'm linking up with the lovely Housewifespice for What We're Reading Wednesday, go visit for more great reads. And Jenna for 5 Faves

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the book recommendations! I hate going to library and not finding any really good books. I highly recommend "The Circus Ship" by Chris Van Dusen. It was a library find that we now own and read regularly still about circus animals that escape onto an unsuspecting island. Very funny with great illustrations!


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