Happy Monday! Here’s some of our reads for the week.
by Amy Hest, illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Last week was the hottest week we’ve had so far this year, so of course it’s a good time to read a winter book! I liked this book for its classic feel, both in text and illustrations. This is one of those quiet books that “they” say are hard to sell, but I’m personally of the opinion that simple stories, like this one about a boy, a dog, and a winter day, also need a place on our shelves. Even if you don’t read this one now, but it on your mental list for this winter.
by Molly Idle
We’ve read this giggle-inducing story over, and over, and over again. A similar feel to Laura Numeroff’s If You Give…series with its escalating chaos. I particularly like Idle’s illustrations, which take the text to a whole other level. And my 4yo, who has both princess and tomboy in her, loved the concept of a dinosaur tea party.
Flora and the Flamingo
by Molly Idle
It’s a Molly Idle week! This was a reread for me, a first for 4yo and I to read together. Idle’s illustration take center stage (ha!) in this book about two pink aquatic dancers. Without using a single word, Idle tells a story of friendship, hurt feelings, and reconciliation. How do those wordless picture book artists do that?
Time to Say Goodnight
by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jane Chapman
Must be a week for illustrations, because that’s what led me to pick up this book, too. I immediately felt illustration style was familiar. Sure enough, it’s Jane Chapman, who also illustrated Karma Wilson’s Bear series. This is a traditional bedtime story, with all the animals falling asleep one by one. The final image is of a sleeping boy, and if you’re paying attention, you’ll find a little illustrative twist.
Happy Monday, friends!