I have experienced a few challenges during the past month that have kept me from blogging — my wee son enthusiastically ripped two-thirds of the keys off my computer keyboard, my camera suddenly stopped working, and marathon training season began. However, I am back and ready to share five more of my very favorite picture books with you.
You can find my entire list of not-to-be-missed picture books here: 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books.
Vera’s Baby Sister by Vera Rosenberry. Vera’s Baby Sister does a great job of accurately depicting the negative feelings that can accompany the birth of a younger sibling, has a heartwarming ending and stars a bean tent. If you enjoy this book, look for Vera Rides a Bike and other books featuring Vera. Ages 3+
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. I Want My Hat Back is a brilliantly crafted story that reminds me of the carefully worded and illustrated stories of Leo Lionni, without the deep messages. Instead, I Want My Hat Back delivers humor. Ages 5+
Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy. Loreen Leedy has devoted her writing career to creating picture books that introduce kids to a range of challenging topics, from fractions to energy to maps. Leedy has written a handful of nonfiction picture books that are true gems. Mapping Penny’s World is one of those nonfiction picture book gems, clearly and engagingly introducing kids to maps. Ages 5+
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth. A giant panda named Stillwater befriends three children and shares three short stories with beautiful messages. Ages 5+
- Which of these books is your favorite, and why?
- How have children you have shared these books with reacted?
- Is there another book by one of these authors or illustrators — Ruth Krauss, Vera Rosenberry, Jon Klassen, Loreen Leedy or Jon Muth — that you particularly like?
I look forward to hearing from you!