Note: even though this post references “picture books,” the tips below work for all ages (toddler to grown-up)! Art Appreciation: Picture Books and Paintings Do you want to encourage your children to appreciate visual art, whether “high” or “low”? Ever wonder why a certain picture book is a Caldecott winner or honor? Art appreciation includes an awareness of […]
The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 4-8 and up What do colors sound like? What does music look like? When Russian abstract artist Vasily Kandinsky was a boy, his aunt gave him a […]
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg. Puffin Books, reprint edition, 1986. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Recommended for: ages 0-4 Bottom Line: Young and old will enjoy the Ahlberg’s whimsical and interactive I-Spy book. In this book with your little eye, take a look and play eye spy! On each page of this […]
Mockingbird by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Paul Howard. Candlewick Press, 1998. 24 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Recommended for: ages 0-4 Bottom Line: Young children will love Ahlberg’s sweet version of this classic lullaby. Hush little baby, don’t say a word… How many times have we sung this? Yet after the first verse, isn’t […]
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo. Clarion, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 0-8 In this 2015 Caldecott Honor, Castillo tells the gentle story of a grandmother who cleverly helps her young grandson brave his fears and discover all the fun things there are to do and experience in the city. […]
George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Paul Galdone (cover image by Tomie DePaola). Putnam & Grosset, 1969. 48 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 4-10 George Washington Allen’s curiosity leads to research when he ponders what his namesake ate for breakfast. Before the days of Google, research was conducted […]
Hector Fox and the Giant Quest (Hector and Friends) by Astrid Sheckels. FastPencil Premiere, 2014. 32 pages . Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 0-8 If only fairy tales were real! Such a wish begins this cute picture book as Hector and his friends set out in search of a giant. Detailed illustrations bring […]
I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder. Random House, 2012. 32 pages. Bottom Line: This Valentine’s Day themed picture book is a wonderful introduction to the traditional Japanese poetic form of haikus. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) Children bestow affection so freely. They have the innocence and openness to observe […]
Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet. Chronicle Books, 2014. 56 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) and up Children who are familiar with tapping screens will know exactly what to do in this fun follow-up to Tullet’s bestselling Press Here. Using the same interactive format, Tullet introduces color mixing by […]
Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) and up Moving, even across the street, is always a major transition. When a family moves to a new city (or state), the transition is […]
We met over my children’s downy heads. That is, when the kids were little (one was born in 1975, the other in 1978), Peter Spier was publishing his most popular and enduring picture books. He himself is enduring: at 87, he was able to help restore the coloring to some of the picture books that […]
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