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THREE PICTURE BOOKS I’M LOVING
Here are three more picture books I love to read. I hope you can get your hands on some books and find a favorite loved one for Storytime sometime soon! The book photos are clickable links.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. This adorable, expressive, and charming bear has quite an adventure. You may be surprised at the end of the book. I’ve had some amusing discussions with children about what they think really happened in this story. Is the story told by a realiable narrator? Who is telling the story? What really happened to the sandwich? At the heart of this mystery is the question: who ate the sandwich? Can I believe everything I read?
Last Stop On Market Street by Matt De La Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson. This colorful book is full of festive, bright illustrations. It tells a gentle story about CJ and his adventures with Nana after church one Sunday. I love everything about this book. The characters are diverse: many ethnicities, abilities, ages, and stratas of society are represented without fanfare, including a sight-impaired man and people in wheelchairs. Can I just say that I adore CJ’s Nana? She is interested in everything and everyone around her; she has a loving heart, a desire to serve, and the ability to see the good in the midst of difficulty. Oh, she reminds me so much of my Grandma Fossey. I sometimes pull out this book, pour a cup of tea and read it all by myself. Anyone who believes picture books are only for children is sadly mistaken!
Caring for Your Lion by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Troy Cummings. Bright drawings, adventure, surprises…this fun how-to book is full of excitement. When you order a kitten and the manufacturer sends a lion instead, you’re going to have to figure things out very quickly! Children will love the sense of ridiculousness in this story. My favorite spread contains the lion’s before-and-after bath photos–laugh-out-loud funny. This book would be the perfect introduction to a conversation on caring for the family pet. It’s not all fun and games, kids!
All right, I’ve done my part! The rest is up to you. Get some books. Prepare a snack. Find some children you love. Read, chat, and prepare to laugh and make some memories!
I would love to hear about your favorite children’s books from your own childhood or your children’s or grandchildren’s story times. Do you have any funny stories to share about a child’s misperception or misunderstanding of some story element? If you enjoyed books, here’s another book post for you: Ten Books I Loved This Week.