My summer has been filled with reading children’s books, from new picture books to books for older children, and classics. Every one has been satisfying and thrilling, yet in different ways. Some books are funny, some are filled with history, some teach important lessons in a subtle way. On and on. I will tell you about these terrific books.
Part 1: picture books.
Together We Grow by Susan Vaught
The gorgeous illustrations by Kelly Murphy bring to life the story of a barn full of animals during a thunderstorm. A fox and her kits look for shelter, but they are predators to the animals in the barn. Can the animals welcome a fox for the night? The rhyming text is sparse yet rich in language. The opening words are, “Lightning gash! Windy lash!” I love this book!
Be Quiet! and We Will Rock Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
For lovers of the Mother Bruce books, these two new Ryan Higgins books do not disappoint. The humor is engaging and never lets up in Be Quiet! The storyline in We Will Rock Our Classmates is a classic for children; worry and self doubt combined with bravery.
Billions of Bricks, a Counting Book About Building by Kurt Cyrus
Where, oh where was this book when I was a child? This is math, a counting book about building with bricks. It brings counting and numbers to life. “Two four six. Ten twenty thirty. Mix mix mix. Arches pillars walls and cellars. Twenty forty sixty eighty.” These are some of the words in the story that combines rhyming, counting, bricklaying and architecture. A must read book for children.
One Little Bag, An Amazing Journey by Henry Cole
The delightful pencil drawings, with the brown bag as the only color, are perfect illustrations for the story of a brown bag, over generations. The wordless book begins with illustrations of a forest and the cutting of trees and a paper mill before the story even begins. What a build-up. No words are needed in this story. It begins with a boy and his brown lunch bag. It stays with him from family adventures to college, to meeting his love, and so much more, It circles life and death, love and new beginnings. This book is proof that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Stay tuned for Part 2, more picture books.