Back in July, I promised I'd post a list of books I'd been reading to my children this summer. Here is a partial list of some of those books.
1. LEONARDO THE TERRIBLE MONSTER by Mo Willems (Hyperion- Picture Book) A monster aspires to be frightening enough "to scare the tuna salad out of someone," but learns that being a friend is better than being scary.
2. CHOPSTICKS by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illust. by Scott Magoon (Hyperion-Picture Book) A pair of joined-at-the-hip chopsticks learn they they can be okay when they separate.
3. BEDTIME FOR MOMMY by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illust. by LeUyen Pham (Bloomsbury-Picture Book) Roles are reversed when a little girl puts her mom to bed.
4. THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen (Candlewick- Picture Book) A little fish brags about stealing a big fish's hat.
5. I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen (Candlewick- Picture Book) A bear looks for his stolen hat.
6. I MUST HAVE BOBO! by Eileen Rosenthal, Illlust. by Marc Rosenthal (Atheneum- Picture Book) A boy becomes distraught when his monkey doll is missing.
7. DOWN AT THE DINO WASH DELUXE by Tim Myers, Illust. by Macky Pamintuan (Sterling- Picture Book) A boy dreads the arrival of the T-Rex at the dino wash where dinosaurs are cleaned.
8. THE THREE NINJA PIGS by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Illust. by Dan Santat (Putnam- Picture Book) This rhyming book spins the tale of the three little pigs into one about standing up to bullying, perseverance, and martial arts.
9. JAMBERRY by Bruce Degen, Illust. by Macky Pamintuan (HarperFestival- Picture Book) This is a rhyming book about the adventures between animals, berries, and jams. FUN FACT: While I attended the SCBWI conference this summer, Laurie Halse Anderson gave a fantastic keynote speech in which she credited this book for helping her child develop a love for reading.
10. DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin, Illust. by Daniel Salmieri (Dial- Picture Book) Dragons love tacos but they can't have salsa, so things really heat up when they ingest the forbidden ingredient.
11. MAMA LOVES YOU by Caroline Stutson, Illust. by John Segal (Cartwheel- Picture Book) This rhyming book shows the affection between mothers and children in the animal kingdom.
12. OH NO, LITTLE DRAGON! by Jim Averbeck (Atheneum- Picture Book) In a book about the impact of a parent's love, a little dragon who loses his spark tries to get it back.
...And that's it for now. Read any good picture books lately?