Hello, all! This is your friendly neighborhood librarian and I’m here to tell you about some great new books that have come across my path.
First up on my pile is:
Open this Little Book
Jesse Klausmeier (words); Suzy Lee (pictures)
This is such a charming book with adorable, retro illustrations. The power that books hold on a child’s imagination is highlighted with this title. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! I know I haven’t instituted a star rating yet, but this book definitely deserves it. I’m also putting it on my list for Caldecott considerations (because, you know…it’s never too early;).
I recommend this for one-to-one (or two) bedtime reading; for children 8 months to about four years old.
Next on my pile of awesome is:
Mac Barnett (words); Kevin Cornell (pictures)
This book is a LOOOOT of fun! The illustrations are hilarious, the story is interactive and children will enjoy counting the various groups of animals while trying to get to the monkeys.
I recommend this for group storytelling; ages 4-7.
Last on my list is:
Bob Staake (words and pictures)
This wordless picture book is a very heartwarming story of friendship between a boy and his bird. The illustrations are adorable and evocative; simple and striking. Without the text you and your child can narrate the story based on the child’s interpretation of the pictures. This story is absolutely lovely.
I recommend for one to one, quiet time reading for children ages 4-7.