It’s always a treat to find great library books on our own. I place requests for a fair number of books as they are recommended to me, but we also do plenty of grabbing whatever looks good. With 4 sets of hands pulling books off the shelves (and one of those sets is much faster than the rest) on most of our trips, we end up with quite a few books. Here are five picture books we’re reading right now that we all enjoy:
Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse and Randy Cecil is the best kind of book to read at bedtime. The illustrations are just lovely and the story is sweet and lilting and not too long (Hallelujah!). The best way I can describe the book is to give you a taste of the rhythm:
“Snore-asleep was the dragon
dream-asleep was the dragon
but the trickle of tears
little tickle of tears
woke him up.
My Garden by Kevin Henkes feels like cheating because I already knew I would like it when I picked it up. I’ve loved everything Kevin Henkes has ever published. My Garden is especially perfect right now because we spend most mornings out in the garden weeding, watering, or pulling off fat tomato slugs. The little girl in My Garden imagines her perfect garden: flowers would grow back right after you picked them, the strawberries would glow like lanterns, and there would be no carrots at all.
13 Words by Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman. The first word is bird. As in, “The bird sits on the table.” After that straightforward opening, things get silly (as you might expect from Lemony Snicket). The rest of the story unfolds as the words are introduced one at a time. Just try not to imagine the odd tale that comes from this list: 1. Bird
9. Haberdashery (My very favorite word on the list. I didn’t know this word until after college!)
Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber Ball by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky was a fun find. It may be all hot weather all the time these days, but my five-year-old is a devoted fan of Toys Go Out (and also a huge fan of snow). She loves reading a mini story about Plastic, StingRay, and Lumphy. You certainly wouldn’t have to be familiar with Toys Go Out to enjoy this book, but it was all the more appreciated around here because we already know and love the characters.
The Baker’s Dozen: a Counting Book by Dan Andreasen is simple enough that my oldest children consider it a baby book, but they’ve learned all kinds of new words from listening in while I read it to their little sister: strudel, doilies, torte, éclair, and macaroon. The cheerful illustrations leave me craving baked goods every time we read it. Between this book at The Great British Bake-Off, I may have to spend some serious time in the kitchen this summer.