Four Picture Books We Love

Thursday, September 10, 2015

On Tuesdays I pack a canvas bag with all the return books, pick up Amelia, and together we walk across the street to the library. Did I mention the library is just steps away? If we're feeling adventurous we might drive to one of the other neighboring library locations. This is our ritual. Rarely do we make it to story-time, however I love the consistency of this practice. Since I'm pretty certain we've read every board book in Missouri, recently we've started checking out more picture books. These are some of our new favorites!
1.) Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. Illustrations by John Parra. This award-winning multilingual book weaves the story of Latino culture and tradition through vibrant illustrations. While the glossary at the back provides a great primer for learning a handful of Spanish words. Plus who doesn't love a piñata?!
2.) Sun and Moon by Lindsay Yankey. This delightful picture book was just published this spring. The Moon is discontent with his place in the boring night sky and asks the sun to trade places just for a day. The sun agrees only on two conditions. I love the message of finding beauty and wonder in your current place, wherever that may be. And the illustrations are heartbreakingly lovely.
3.) Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. Illustrations by David Roberts. Remember when we discovered this book about a month ago? Well Iggy Peck, Architect is another clever rhyming work by the same duo. For a moment I was sure Iggy's dreams and natural talent would be squelched by his teacher, but when the pressure is on he manages to pull off a heroic feat and saves the day.
4.) Don't Forget the Oatmeal! by B.G Ford. Illustrated by Jean Chandler. This book is almost as old as I am and was a gift to Amelia on her first-birthday. I LOVED this book when I was a child, likely because I also love oatmeal. Not only is this book a great way to teach children about the different items and sections found in a grocery store, it also gives parents a platform to talk about budgeting. Double win.
Need more book recommendations? Check out these board books and these going-to-bed books. 


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