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 […]
*Noah’s Ark illustrated by Peter Spier. Doubleday, 1976 (original publication; reissued 2015). 44 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: suitable for all Bottom Line: Noah’s Ark, Peter Spier’s classic wordless picture book, takes a Bible story that’s often given too cute a portrayal and adds imagination, depth, and reverence. Doubleday/Random House has […]
Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox, illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist. Beach Lane Books, 2013. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) Little children love rhymes and repetition and hiding games like peekaboo and “I spy.” In a rare combination of all these elements, Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! has irresistible charm. Young children will […]
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon Muth. Scholastic, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) and up It is hard to describe a book that is simultaneously an alphabet book, an exploration of the haiku form, a beautiful collection of watercolor paintings, and the story of a playful […]
Winter Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Scholastic, 1994. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books (ages 4-10) Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) and up So many books about winter feature Christmas, New Year’s, or other “special days.” Rogasky and Hyman teamed up to create a collection of poetry that simply celebrates winter. […]
*Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Candlewick, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, 0-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) Janeczko’s 36 short poetry selections coupled with Sweet’s bright, boldly colored illustrations will delight young children who instinctively enjoy the rhythm of poetry […]
The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Tim Ladwig. Eerdmans, 2009. 36 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) and up The idea of putting the familiar lines of the beatitudes to the African American struggle for civil rights is a worthy one. How many […]
Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer by Tonya Bolden and illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Abrams, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books (ages 0-8) Maturity Level: 1 (0-4) and up Beautiful Moon is a beautiful book illustrated by award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez. In it, a young boy is kept from sleeping by the brilliant full moon outside […]
Wazdot? by Michael Slack. Disney-Hyperion, 2014. 48 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) Wazdot? is a simple, visually humorous farm-themed book with an outer space twist. A little alien named Blip visits a farm on a class field trip and explores every nook and cranny. After the reader guesses what […]
This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. HMH, 2014 (originally published 1939). 56 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, 4-8) Beloved Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam […]
This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away by Virgina Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin, 1964. 48 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) With striking charcoal illustrations so appropriate […]
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