Ever wonder what sorts of books we check out from the library? Here are some of our favorites from the past couple of weeks!
Story Picture Book Recommendations:
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Some classics never get old. I only wish I owned Millions of Cats (of course then my kids would probably just want a real cat).
Read your children Wanda Gag’s biography online for free at We Give Books.
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
Joseph creatively takes a old tattered overcoat and remakes it into a new worthwhile object and then another. This Caldott Medal winning book is worth reading just to enjoy the creative illustrations that feature cutouts allowing a peep into the next page. Bonus: You can even sing this book to a tune written out in the back. (Why is Joseph Had a Little Overcoat not sold as a board book?)
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith
This funny retelling of The Three Little Pigs was around when I was a child, but it still tickles children today. This book also is a great way to encourage some creative retelling of traditional stories as a writing project.
Robin Hood And The Golden Arrow retold by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by E. B. Lewis
I always love picture books that retell classic literature for children, and I especially love this retelling of Robin Hood. This storybook is not only a reasonable length for preschoolers, but the pictures will captivate their attention.
Daniel and His Walking by Wendy McCormick and illustrated by Constance Bergum
This story gently deals with a young girl’s grief over having no living grandfathers and how she finds healing in a friendship with an elderly man Daniel. The illustrations are outstanding in conveying human emotion.
The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz
This Caldecott Honor book features a simple narrative of a man’s attempt to find a treasure revealed to him in a dream.
Nonfiction Picture Book Recommendations:
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
Truly a work of art, this picture book will inspire your child’s imagination with its detailed images and text about eggs. I have not read yet the other books in this series, but I’m sure that they are every bit as wonderful:
Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Robert Byrd
Kubla Khan would be an excellent selection to introduce a child to Mongolian history. Any child will enjoy pouring over the detailed, colorful illustrations. (Caution for young children: Content is violent.)
Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
A wonderful story of how Sammy Lee overcame racial discrimination and poverty to become one of the first award winning Asian American athletes.
In the Belly of an Ox: The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton by Rebecca Bond
Teach your children about the beginning of naturalistic photography of birds and their nests with this beautifully illustrated picture book.
Want more suggestions, check out Picture Book Recommendations (list 1)
What great books have you recently checked out from the library? Tell me and maybe you will see it on my next list!
This post is linked with What My Is Child Reading.