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Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books

Posted by on June 11, 2012


Posted on May 1, 2012

I have experienced a few challenges during the past month that have kept me from blogging — my wee son enthusiastically ripped two-thirds of the keys off my computer keyboard, my camera suddenly stopped working, and marathon training season began. However, I am back and ready to share five more of my very favorite picture books with you.

 

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson. A beautiful, simple story of a boy’s unwavering faith that the seed that he plants and cares for will grow into a carrot. Ages 1+

 

Vera’s Baby Sister by Vera RosenberryVera’s Baby Sisterdoes a great job of accurately depicting the negative feelings that can accompany the birth of a younger sibling, has a heartwarming ending and stars a bean tent. If you enjoy this book, look for Vera Rides a Bike and other books featuring Vera.Ages 3+

I Want My Hat Back by Jon KlassenI Want My Hat Backis a brilliantly crafted story that reminds me of the carefully worded and illustrated stories of Leo Lionni, without the deep messages. Instead, I Want My Hat Back delivers humor. Ages 5+

 

Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen LeedyLoreen Leedy has devoted her writing career to creating picture books that introduce kids to a range of challenging topics, from fractions to energy to maps. Leedy has written a handful of nonfiction picture books that are true gems. Mapping Penny’s World is one of those nonfiction picture book gems, clearly and engagingly introducing kids to maps. Ages 5+

Zen Shorts by Jon Muth. A giant panda named Stillwater befriends three children and shares three short stories with beautiful messages. Ages 5+

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