Here are some of our recent favorite children’s book finds. I love me a good book, and these have all been popular with both my kids as well as loved by myself.
Polar Bears Underwear by Tupera Tupera
A Polar bear has lost his underwear, and we travel through the book with him and his mouse friend looking for them. Each page has a cut-out of a pair of underwear belonging to various animals on the following page. Its a lot of fun to read, both boys LOVED it, and Wyatt has even asked for it a few times since we’ve returned it to our library.
Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
This is a recent library find that is so popular at our house right now I’m afraid to take it back! I knew it would be a hit with Wyatt, who is obsessed with having me draw him swirls, but both boys are fascinated by the illustrations and love finding and tracing the swirls and spirals with their fingers. We find all sorts of different spirals in the book- waves, ferns, snails, goat horns, animals curled up. I’m in awe of the creativity to take such an unusual topic and make such beautiful and fascinating picture book out of it.
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
This was a Brightly find (one of my go-to resources for great picture books), from a list of books about immigration. Its a beautiful story with beautiful illustrations that teaches about the fear and stresses that are part of life as a refugee. We follow a mother and her children after war takes their father (personified by a black cloud plucking him up) as they try to escape their unstable homeland and journey somewhere safer. I mean, just look at the illustration below. The strength of the mother as she protect and guides her children, never giving in to her own fears until they are asleep, touches me deeply.
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
I think this is a bit of a classic, but this is the first time we’ve read it. The rhymes are fun to read aloud and both boys liked the illustrations, asking for it over and over. Also, it made me want to make jam.
Pete the cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin
We ordered a few Pete books plus the audio CDs from one of our book orders and they have gone down as and all-time-favorite with us. The audios, read by Mr Eric, are especially fun. You can listen/watch here. I would recommend these to anyone with little kids, but particularly the audio.
Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
Porter LOVES these, he asks for them over and over and giggles throughout. They tend to be pretty popular at our library, so each boy got their very own in their Easter baskets. They’re so much fun to read aloud together, and easy to do fun voices for, which is I think half the fun of them.
Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins
I started reading a few short chapter books with Porter and this is our most recently completed book. It was such a sweet story about a few stuffed animals, all brought home to the Girl, and their friendships with each other. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the others in this series.