Photos and text by Gabrielle.
It’s time for another Picture Book post! I’ve got four good ones for you today. First up, Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins, a Brooklyn-based author who probably wins the prize for coolest name of a person.
I had my oldest daughter Maude read this book to see if she agreed it was a keeper. She confessed she expected to be annoyed by it, but then ended up loving it! It’s really good. It’s packed with hilarious details and grin-bringing surprises — and it works in a lovely message, too.
You could use this book as a good starting point for a conversation about manners, or even bullying.
Next up, Interstellar Cinderella, which sounds like it might make a good tongue-twister. It’s written by Deborah Underwood, and illustrated by Meg Hunt.
Does Cinderella really need another re-telling? Heck yes! It’s a best-loved fairytale for a reason. This version features a mechanical-minded, independent Heroine who manages to save the Prince on her way to the ball.
This heroine is someone a modern girl can root for. Oh, and did I mention the whole thing rhymes? You’ll love it!
The third book I’m featuring today is A Nest is Noisy, written by Dianna Hutts Aston, with illustrations from one of my favorites, Sylvia Long. This is the next installment of a beautiful, and award-winning series of nature books including A Butterfly is Patient, A Rock is Lively, An Egg is Quiet, and A Seed is Sleepy.
It’s packed with solid information — really good, captivating facts. But the best part is this book will turn your walks through the park, or through the neighborhood, into a treasure hunt. Your kids will start looking for nests everywhere!
My fourth pick for today is How to Read a Story. Written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Mark Siegel.
To me this book is about teaching your kids how to fall in love with reading. It’s funny and keeps your attention, while it paints of picture of how lovely it is to immerse yourself in a text.
This “how-to” book takes you through 10 steps. And with the 10th step, kids are primed to jump right into another book and start the steps all over again.
Now it’s your turn? What are your kids reading these days? Any new discoveries you’re loving? What have you picked up from the library lately?