Welcome to my monthly round-up of our favorite children’s books! Each month, I’ll share with you children’s book reviews for three of my favorites and three of my daughter’s favorites, because reading should be enjoyable for the child and the parent.
Lately when we go to the grocery store, we’ll grab a board book first thing so that Carla May has something to entertain herself with while I shop. If she loves the board book at the end of the errand, we’ll purchase it along with our groceries. If the book didn’t pass the “test drive,” we’ll put it back on the shelf!
Spooky Pookie – Sandra Boynton
I love a good holiday-themed book, and this one is super cute! Spooky Pookie tells the story of a piglet named Pookie who doesn’t know what to be for Halloween. He tries on lots of silly costumes with complaints about each one before settling on the perfect costume. Sandra Boynton is a master at creating humorous and simple storylines that have both children and parents giggling.
Snuggle Puppy! – Sandra Boynton
Another Sandra Boynton book, we picked this one up because of my daughter’s obsession with “doggies”. The story is written in song lyrics, the tune of which the reader can make up as they go along. There are instructions for making the song interactive (whisper this part, sing this part loudly, smooch) and both my daughter and I love it. I actually find myself humming the song even when I am by myself…
Rosa Parks – Lisbeth Kaiser
This book was a gift from Carla May’s Aunt Jane, who got it at the Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. I had heard about the Little People, Big Dreams books, but hadn’t seen one in person yet. This one is really well made. The binding and illustrations are beautiful, and the story of Rosa Parks’ life is well-written and simple enough for a little one to understand. We will certainly cherish this book and look into adding others in the series to our collection.
Carla May’s Favorites
Rrralph – Lois Ehlert
Rrralph was another gift from Aunt Jane, and CM is absolutely obsessed with this one!!! Anytime I hand her this book, she immediately gives the cover big kisses. This is a cute story about a dog who can talk when the owner asks it questions like, “Want to come inside?” (Answer: “Yep Yep Yep”). The writing is clever and the illustrations, which are composed of found object collages, are unique and captivating. We have already read this one at least twenty times, and it has not gotten old yet.
Ten Tiny Toes – Caroline Jayne Church
This book was a baby shower gift from a friend with two toddler-age boys, and it is one that CM has brought to me to read to her often over the last month. This book points out body parts in rhyme, giving interactive instructions (“wave your arms side to side”), with a simple and catchy refrain (“mouth, ears, eyes, nose…”). The illustrations are colorful and sweet.
Heads and Tails – Carli Davidson
We checked out Heads & Tails from the Destin Library, and CM did not want to return it! Carli Davidson is a fabulous photographer who focuses much of her work on pets. This book is a collection of her photographs of dogs along with labels of their body parts (“belly,” “paws,” “nose”). She does a great job of capturing the quirkiness and personality of each of her canine subjects. This book received LOTS of pats and kisses from my tiny reader.
What children’s books have you been loving lately?
FYI: If you decide to purchase any books from this post, I recommend you buy them from a locally owned bookstore if that is an available option for you. If you decide to purchase from Amazon by clicking on any of the book covers in this post, I get a small commission (at no extra cost to you). Also, if you sign up for the Bookroo (which I highly recommend), we get some free books. Thank you!