Friday, November 14, 2014

Some Picture Books I Read

November is National Picture Book Month. Good picture books have inspired and enlightened me from childhood to adulthood. I don't believe anyone is ever too old to be entertained and nurtured by a picture book. Anyhoo, here's a list of some picture books I've read recently,* either to myself or at least one of my children. 


1. BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, Illust. by Matthew Myers (Simon & Schuster- Picture Book/Early Reader)  In a story that spoofs the vintage animal birthday story, the creators convert the doe-eyed Birthday Bunny into a power-hungry Battle Bunny with an "Evil Plan."

2. ME & MOMMA & BIG JOHN  by Mara Rockliff, Illust. by William Low (Candlewick- Picture Book) Inspired by a true story, this story shares the perspective of a young boy who remembers his mother's contribution to the building of the "Big John" Cathedral in New York City. 

3. IMMI'S GIFT by Karen Littlewood (Peachtree-Picture Book) An Eskimo girl who receives gifts from an unknown benefactor decides to offer back a gift of her own.

4. CRANKENSTEIN by Samantha Berger, Illust. By Dan Santat (Scholastic-Picture Book) Crankenstein has many reasons to be moody…until he meets another like him.

5. TEENY TINY TRUCKS by Tim McCanna, Illust. by Keith Frawley
(Little Bahalia- Picture Book) Industrious delivery trucks mingle with nature as they venture to their destination.

6. MY DADIMA WEARS A SARI by Kashmira Sheth and Yoshiko Jaeggi (Peachtree- Picture Book) An Indian grandmother shows her granddaughters about all the uses for her sari.  

7. ALL THE WORLD by Liz Garton Scanlon, Illust. by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane- Picture Book) Told in verse, this book sheds light on the most beautiful things, and yet the most simple things, all around us.

8. HALF A WORLD AWAY by Libby Gleeson, Illust. By Freya Blackwood (Arthur A. Levine- Picture Book) Two friends miss each other terribly when one moves to another country.

9. KNUFFLE BUNNY by Mo Willems (Hyperion-Picture Book) A toddler struggling to convey a message throws a tantrum, much to the irritation of his father and other adults around him.

10.  SLEEPYHEADS by Sandra J. Howatt, Illust. by Joyce Wan (Beach Lane- Picture Book) Animals and a young child cozy up for bedtime.

11. TRAFFIC PUPS by Michelle Meadows, Illust. by Dan Andreasen (Simon & Schuster- Picture Book) Traffic pups catch speeding drivers and red light runners. Check out my interview with the author. 

12. GOLDY LUCK AND THE THREE PANDAS by Natasha Yim, Illust. by Grace Zong (Charlesbridge-Picture Book) Goldy Luck, tasked to bring turnip cakes to a neighor, wanders into an empty house with three bowls of congee.

What picture books have you read recently? 

*I've mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating that when I share "recent reads," I'm not listing everything I've just read, but just some things. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No kids, so I don't read them. Crankenstein is a funny title.

Pat Hatt said...

I've heard of a few at my zoo

Simply Sarah said...

I've been loving picture books lately. My children and I have been reading The Gingerbread boy, Owl Moon, Along the Coast and numerous others.

Cathrina Constantine said...

I wish I wrote kid books because I love them. With my first grand baby I've been reading him the bath time muppets book. It's so bright and colorful he loves them. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Claire Annette said...

Thanks for these recommendations. I've on y read All the World and Knuffle Bunny so I'm going to be on the lookout for the others.
I read picture books all the time. My most recent are Maple by Lori Nichols, Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins (author) and Jill McElmurry (illustrator) and Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells.

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh gosh, it's been so long since I've read a picture book. I think the Fancy Nancy series is pure brilliance, as is the "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" one!

Lynn Proctor said...

love love love children's books and all of these look absolutely charming!!

Sherry Ellis said...

Love the covers of all those books! I don't think I'll ever tire of picture books!

Crystal Collier said...

Crankenstein sounds right down my alley! Or at least, that's one my youngest would love...who is now 8. We've kind of moved past the picture book stage, but I still love them.

Unleashing the Dreamworld

Julie Dao said...

It's been ages since I read a picture book, and I really need to! I love all of those covers so much. They're truly works of art!

Shannon Lawrence said...

This just reminded me that my kids have been focusing on chapter books lately, and we haven't really been reading picture books. Time to bust out the fall books before it's time for Christmas ones!

Tammy Theriault said...

I say yes to crankenstein!!!

Lux G. said...

Half a World Away caught my interest. I think these are great collections.

Nick Wilford said...

These look cool. My six-year-old's been moving on to chapter books lately, which is great too. Think the last picture book we read was Where the Wild Things are (again - but that's OK, it's an absolute classic!)

Tim McCanna said...

Thanks for the nice mention, Cynthia! What amazing company to be in. Battle Bunny is just genius and I've probably given All the World as a gift ten times. Happy holidays!

S.P. Bowers said...

I always need good picture book suggestions. I really liked Knuffle bunny. He's one of our favorite authors.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recs. I enjoy picture books and would like to read more of them.

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