(Release Date 12/26/17)
This text was originally published in 2007, so you may have seen an earlier version of this book before (maybe floating around at a library). BUT, wow, this reissue, with Bob Staake illustrations, is perfection.
The text is sparse; for example:
Don’t you love the color and the use of opposites for teaching little ones?
And every time we end with a refrain:
Because the text is so sparse it leaves a lot of room for the illustrator to have fun. And Bob does so here!
Can you see my favorite bit in this page spread?
Maybe we need to zoom in a bit…
😂😂😂. Love this so much.
If you’re a cat person, or know someone who is, reserve your copy of this one stat! Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me this one to review. I’m doing a giveaway over on Instagram- but it’s a quick one, so head over now if you’re interested.
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company
Library books with dark covers are so hard to photograph. But don’t let that dissuade you from checking this one out. It is beautiful. We follow a father and his daughters as they explore lights – from the galaxy to city lights to their own front porch.
The illustrations are just beautiful. And can we stop for a minute and admire the composition of this family. I love the beautiful reality it reflects.
I mean seriously, how beautiful are these page spreads?!
This is also perfect for for bedtime – look how cuddled up and happy the kids are.
All around fabulous book. Definitely worth checking out.
Publisher: Candlewick Press
This is a genius way to introduce more advanced concepts, like perspective, to kids. I mean, if you think about it, the idea that a line is only long if you’re at the back of it is a tough thing to get your head around. I love that this book tackles these ideas – in rhyme no less – in a way kids can conceptualize. The vibrant illustrations are the icing on the cake. Take a peek!
Publisher: Persnickety Press
Change is scary for everyone. Autumn certainly is a season of change, and one can easily see why it’s a scarier counterpart to spring. Instead of plants and animals coming alive and everything turning green, here we see what looks like decay. But autumn isn’t scary, it’s just unfamiliar, at least to one little frog.
As little frog experiences her first autumn, she’s scared. But mom has some words of wisdom for her:
And so, she sets off to explore and be brave.
Though soon she has a scraped knee and a sense that she’s wandered too far.
But then she recalls her mother’s words of advice.
And discovers autumn isn’t so bad after all.
A great book about autumn and confronting fears.
For another book about animals experiencing autumn for the first time, check out LEAVES by David Ezra Stein.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Back into the Thanksgiving trenches we go! Ok, I picked this one up at our library and was super impressed. That said, this is definitely
for older kids – it is *very* text heavy (VERY).
(What I mean when I say it is very text heavy! Also note the lovely illustration style used throughout.)
I like that this book relates Thanksgiving back to all of the other harvest festivals held by people all over the world: Greeks thanking Demeter, Romans thanking Ceres, Jewish people and the Feast of Booths. This was actually educational for me!
The book then turns to how the American Thanksgiving story originated (again, including things I didn’t know) and when it formally became a holiday (during the Civil War, in 1863, in the hopes that the “holiday would bring a spirit of unity to a nation broken in two.”).
It concludes with a traditional Thanksgiving song to sing and a recipe for pumpkin muffins (yum!).
I do wish there had been some back matter in this book – I would love to have seen what the sources were for the facts in this book. That said, this is a good one to pick up if you’re looking to go deeper into the history of Thanksgiving.
Author: Julie Markes
Illustrator: Doris Barrette
Publisher: Harper Collins
I was recently bemoaning how Thanksgiving gets passed over and the book selection is more sparse. But, ladies and gents, I think I’ve found a Thanksgiving winner.
I bought the paperback version of this book last week and was *so* excited to add it to our collection. Then, lo and behold, a package from Harper Children’s showed up this past week with the board book version! Good news board book fans: this is the same exact text as the paperback. The only difference is the end page where you can write thankful thoughts in the paperback (pictured below).
Now, why I love this book:
🦃 It rhymes (you know I love well done rhyme!)
🦃 The illustrations are fall perfection. All of the colors just bring you right into the season.
🦃 The things to be thankful for are so relatable for kids: cuddles with mom, play dates, swings and slides, piggyback rides.
🦃 Although it’s a Thanksgiving book, Thanksgiving itself is only mentioned once – so I really see this as a book about being thankful that you could keep out all year long – and that’s a message that I definitely want to emphasize with my kids all of the time.
If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving book I highly recommend this one. Do you have any Thanksgiving favorites?
(Picture of page included in paperback version of the book.)
PS – leaves from our thankful tree – anyone catch the cartoon character my son included last year?! 😂
Author/Illustrator: Jannie Ho
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Oh what a delightful book! Kirkus Reviews called this “A sweet tale of expectations upended,” and I’d say that’s pretty spot-on. The humor in this is just fantastic – adults are going to get a laugh on a whole different level. Just check out these opening lines:
“One very cold day, Bear was hungry from his morning walk when…he saw a chicken, frozen in the snow! How does one defrost a chicken? thought Bear.”
Ha! I love how well done the build-up in this story is. Everything Bear does appears to be for one reason – to eat Chicken.
But all is not what it seems, as Chicken ultimately discovers (though it does take Chicken a while to get there!).
The illustrations are lovely, particularly for this time of year. The snow is falling, soup is on the stove and a fire is burning. Sounds like a perfect day to me! And check out these beautiful end pages:
An all around great read (one that my kids just had me read three times back to back to back!). Thank you to Running Press Kids for sending this one my way to review.
Oh, and don’t forget to check the back of the book for bear’s soup recipe and a note about black bears. Here’s a sneak peek:
Author: Sean Taylor
Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Choochie Poo is a normal dog who is embarrassed by almost everything his owner does: the miniature heart-shaped treats, being carried in a purse and above all, the nicknames and baby talk.
All the dog wants is to play like normal dogs.
When it’s time to leave, little Choochie Poo learns a valuable lesson:
No one is ever alone. And true friends will accept you no matter what.
I’d say this would make a great read for kids pushing back against parental affection and/or kids who may be embarrassed about nicknames. I loved the illustrations in this one – so boisterous and fun. And Choochie Poo has such a commanding presence, right?!
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Renata Lusaka
You know how some books have a story in the illustrations that’s completely separate and apart from the text? And you know how some are so masterfully done that the text and the illustrations perfectly compliment each other? This is one of those. I love how the text talks about all the places people can be together and the moods they can have. It’s such a wonderfully true representation of real life. Check out some of the inside illustrations:
PS – this one has some great vocabulary words – like “sullen” seen above. I love books that introduce new words!
Author/Illustrator: Julie Morstad
Publisher: Simply Read Books
Oh man this book is just gorgeous. I love how the whole thing is interactive. It basically takes the reader through tow iterations of a day: one where it’s sunny and the other where it’s rainy. The readers get to talk about what they would choose in the many situations: which clothes, which outdoor activity, which popsicle, and so on. Every page is so lovingly illustrated- you can tell a lot of time went into it. I feel like this is a book older readers would pore over as well. I’d love to see a “Tonight” sequel!
(I mean, how gorgeous is this spread?!?!)