I don’t know if I can take another rhyming stanze picture book…
…yet here we go.
There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins (ages 3-6)
This book is silly. A bear sits in a mouse’s chair, and he does not like it. Told completely in rhymes, he expresses his dissatisfaction to the readers, but never to the bear. Finally he cannot take it. He leaves and goes somewhere else – the bear’s house. When the bear finds him, he is quite surprised.
The Knowing Book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich (ages 6-10)
A great gift book for older children (even college bound), this book reminds children to admire the world, to trust their feelings, and to explore the unknown paths. The message of being true to one’s self and always look up to the stars or the sky is timeless.
Stripes the Tiger by Jean Leroy (ages 3-6)
What a cute story. Stripes the cat wants to be a tiger. He imagines and pretends by roaring and sharpening his claws on the couch. One day his owner gets sick of it all and takes Stripes to the zoo to see a real tiger. The tiger longs to be a house cat, so the two switch places. They both get what they want, and they’re happy.
More-igami by Dori Kleber (ages 5-8)
Great book about persistence and determination! Joey loves things that fold, so when his classmate’s mother comes and shows them origami, Joey asks if she can teach him. She does, but she says he’ll need to practice a lot to become a master. He uses all the paper in the house, and his family does not like it. His friend at a restaurant lets him fold napkins there every day until he masters the crane.
Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies (ages 3-8)
This book can be read two ways. For younger children it may just be an adventure that a boy and his grandfather take together to a desserted island. But older kids may see it for what it is, a metaphor for death. Syd’s grandfather decides to stay on the island and so he is apart from Syd, but never truly gone.
Motor Miles by John Burmingham (ages 3-6)
Miles is a difficult dog. He doesn’t obey, but he loves driving in the car. His owner decides she cannot drive him around all the time, so her neighbor builds him his own car and teaches him to drive. Miles and his master Norman go driving all over the place until Norman is too big to fit in the car, and over time Miles becomes an easier dog. It’s silly and fun.
Herbie’s Big Adventure by Jennie Poh (ages 4-6)
Herbie the hedgehog is growing fast, and his mother says it’s time for him to go on a foraging adventure. Herbie is nervous at first, but his confidence grows as he begins to explore the world. He stays away just long enough to be happy when he comes back home again, and his mother is happy as well. I enjoyed this story, but it kind of feel flat at the end.
Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver (ages 4-8)
This book outlines all of the reasons that bears make the best reading buddies. It will encourage young readers and help parents learn to be more patient with their children who are just learning how to read. The pictures that accompany the words and really adorable. This book would be a perfect gift for a kindergarten or 1st grade teacher. I may just buy it for my son’s teacher.
Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers by Melanie Walsh (ages 5-10)
Isaac has Asperger’s, and other people don’t always understand him. In this book he explains his “superpowers” so that kids can understand what it means to have Asperger’s. He says things when they pop into his head, he doesn’t always get jokes, high pitch noises hurt his ears, he doesn’t like to make eye contact, etc. It’s a great book to help explain this condition.
One Big Family by Marc Harshman (ages 3-6)
A multi-generational family gathers at the grandparents summer house, and they do all kinds of fun things together – swim, fish, eat, take a family photo. The drawings were wonderful, but the writing style was strange. Each page ended with a word being said, no rhymes, instead of telling an actual story.
When Penny Met POTUS by Rachel Ruiz (ages 5-8)
Penny’s mom works at a big white house and her boss’ name is POTUS. Today Penny is going to work with her mom, and she imagines what POTUS will be like. Her imagination is far from the reality, since POTUS stands for President of the United States. This book is a nice introduction to the white house, secret service, and the president (in this case a woman).
The Whale by Ethan and Vita Murrow (ages 5-9)
In this wordless picture book, two kids set out to prove the existance of a giant spotter whale. When their boats crash, they have to work together to get the proof. It’s a tale of adventure and excitement, but it may take a parents’ explanation for younger kids because the pictures are dark and a bit confusing.
What’s your favorite picture book of 2016?
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