~posted by Ruth
In keeping with our theme of looking ahead and looking back, we wanted to start off the year by sharing some new books, and linking them to lists and book flights that match the theme. These are some of our favorite book lists–and of course, we’re excited to share our brand new finds with you as well.
Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne
I’m a sucker for books that, with a wink and a nudge, draw attention to the reader as part of the story. With a little audience participation, the characters in this engaging picture book can be rescued from the crocodile who is an uninvited guest to the retelling of “The Ugly Duckling.” He’s a very hungry crocodile, too, who nibbles on letters first, then gobbles up whole sentences. Readers learn how to put the crocodile to sleep (by rocking the book side to side), but that isn’t enough to thwart the villain in this tale. You’ll have to read it yourself to discover how to salvage the story for future readers! An added benefit: this is a really sturdy book and will allow young children to actively get involved without damage. Love this genre as much as I do? Check out:
123 versus ABC by Mike Boldt
So, which do YOU think is more important? Numbers or letters? And what happens when these characters–well, symbols–compete with each other to be the stars of this book? Is it a counting book or an alphabet book? You be the judge–and along the way, you’ll enjoy the joyful and funny illustrations and some pretty terrific visual gags.
And now that you’re in the mood for these concept books, you might want to revisit:
If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead
First of all, it’s gorgeous. One if the most beautiful picture books of the past year, and that’s saying something. Then, the lyrical words that invite a slow, contemplative read. A real emphasis on imagination, as the little boy and his trusty basset hound rely on their patience–and their dreams. I love the swirling whale-shaped clouds, the armchair becoming a boat. . .so much more. Worth the wait for the thrilling finale! And it will whet your appetite for more chances to share in the creative spirit with your little ones: