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More Great Picture Books

June 9, 2022

If you go to your local library and take a good look at the children’s books available, you’ll find a treasure trove of delightful books to browse through. Here are three more that caught my eye.

Somewhere in the Bayou

In this humorous tale of a tail starring four friends, curiosity and wrong assumptions by the opossum, the squirrel, and the rabbit lead them to regret their decisions as they try to cross a river. The mouse, on the other hand, takes a different approach to the dilemma that proves to be a “lifesaver” with an unexpected ending.

Snail Crossing

A sweet and funny story of a snail who is “cabbage bound.” A truck, a troop of ants, and a crow are obstacles in Snail’s journey to cross a road to get a cabbage. When Snail gets turned around and ends up back where he began, the ants come to the rescue. Snail’s kindness to the pushy ants is repaid when the ants carry the cabbage across the road to Snail. This is a story of persistence, kindness, and new friends.

Some Daddies

Carol Gordon Ekster shows how special daddies are in her book, Some Daddies. She introduces different types of daddies. There are daddies that wear suits, daddies that wear uniforms, and daddies that wear comfy clothes. There are daddies that have beards, daddies that sing to you at bedtime, and daddies that hug you. As the author says, “Every daddy is different.” This book is a beautiful celebration of the diversity of daddies that extols all the things that make daddies special to the children who love them. If you’re looking for a perfect gift for Dad on Father’s Day, Some Daddies might be the one.

My Favorite November Picture Book Choices

December 2, 2021

A House written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow Books, 2021

The book begins with an illustration of a house. With each page turn, readers see the house with different seasonal backgrounds. The author uses shapes, colors, time of day, weather, directional words, and questions that a child can easily answer by looking at the illustrations. It’s a wonderful interactive book that ends with a family coming, not to a house, but to a home. 

Change Sings written by Amanda Gorman and illustrated by Loren Long, Viking Books for Young Readers, 2021

A young girl with a guitar strums a song that change is coming. The lyrical text combined with realistic illustrations celebrates how change can happen with simple acts of kindness. As the story grows so does the group of children following the girl. Dreams, hope, and change help make a difference in everyday lives. 

Oh Look, A Cake! written and illustrated by J.C. McKee, Clarion Books, 2021

Sloth and Lemur find a cake and want to invite others for a party. After going through a list of animals and finding excuses why not to invite them, Sloth and Lemur decide to eat the cake by themselves. Tiger appears after the cake is gone and wants to know who ate the birthday cake he made for himself. Sloth and Lemur apologize, but a disappointed Tiger knows exactly how he is going to get it back. A hilarious book!

Bear Is A Bear written by Jonathan Stutzman and illustrated by Dan Santat, Balzer + Bray, 2021

If your child has a favorite stuffed animal, this is a story to love because Bear is always there full of love. When the little girl in the story grows too big for Bear, he is stored away. But all is not what it may seem because “Bear is a bear full of love.” This is a wonderful heartwarming book for all to enjoy.

Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott written by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2021

Unbound is a true story of twins, Joyce and Judith Scott. They were like two peas in a pod – inseparable. When Joyce entered school, Judith was not allowed to go because the school was not equipped to handle Judith’s Down syndrome and deafness. When the girls were eight, Judith was sent to an institution. The twins remained separated for many years until Joyce gained custody of Judith. Joyce brought Judith to her home and enrolled her in the Creative Growth Arts Center in Oakland, CA. Judith thrived there, creating sculptures made of fiber and found objects. Her artistic pieces were soon sought after, being displayed in museums and galleries. By the time of her death, Judith Scott’s work was internationally known. Melissa Sweet’s illustrations pay homage to Judith Scott’s life and art. This is a beautiful book about unconditional love, encouragement, and creativity.


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