Bee Hive favorites: picture books

Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin
From the geniuses that brought you Dragons Love Tacos, comes the equally exciting adventure Dragons Love Tacos 2. When the world has run out of tacos, even the emergency tacos, the dragons get very sad. So it’s up to us to save the day. Go on a quest to help save the tacos! If you loved Dragons Love Tacos you will love the sequel just as much, if not more. Adam Rubin has written an incredible book, that will make you laugh beyond believe. His word in company with Daniel Salmieri’s illustrations will make you linger on each page in wonderment of what each dragon is doing. This is truly a fantastic read and a joy to read with others.


She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
This is an inspiring book about 13 American women who have changed the world. This book addresses every women and child to not be silenced in the face of adversity, those who have been told that they will never reach their dreams, and those who have had their opinions diminished or weaken. This book shows the reader that they should never give up, and that obstacles are part of every journey. This is a wonderfully written encouraging book that everyone at every age will enjoy.


Dad and The Dinosaur by Gennifer Chldenko
This is a heartwarming story about facing fears between a father and a son. Little Nick is afraid of the dark and the things that can hide within it. However, he has a dinosaur that helps him be brave, as brave as his dad! In this book you will embark on different adventures Little Nick and his Dinosaur go on. But when Little Nick loses his Dinosaur he loses his bravery. His Dad goes on a quest with Little Nick to find both his Dinosaur and his bravery. Gennifer Chldenko perfectly masters’ fear that children face whether it is imaginary or realistic and how they can cope with it. All readers will love and empathize with this book and its characters.


Noisy Night by Mac Barnett
In this small city apartment each neighbor can hear one another, and is wondering what is going on behind that noise. The reader will climb the apartment building from each floor to the next, until they meet the old man at the top. This is an incredibly written book that will help your child discover the great world of onomatopoeia. This is a perfect book to be read aloud and to embellish every noise, it will have you laughing at every page.


Olivia The Spy by Ian Falconer
Olivia has always stood out, but now that she has over heard her mother talking about her on the phone, she wonders what else her mom says about her. However, she over hears parts of a conversation that misleads her to believe something horrible. Olivia the Spy is another great book to the Olivia series. Children will get a wonderful story to laugh about Olivia’s antics and will learn a great lesson about partial truths. Falconer’s beautiful illustrations that company his clever writing makes Olivia steal the show once again.


groudhoggreyhound A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins
An uplifting story of a greyhound and a groundhog becoming friends. Each page in this book enfolds magnificent illustrations, by Chris Appelhans, and spectacular writing, by Emily Jenkins. This book is a complete tongue twister that while reading out loud creates a fun adventure with the twists and turns created by the impeccable use of language. I found this book to be an incredible read because it makes you focus on each word, it also creates a lot of energy when read out loud. Overall, I would recommend this book full heartedly to anyone and everyone!


manwhowalkedbetweentwotowers The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
Based on the true story of the French aerialist, Philippe Petit, who walked and performed tricks on a tightrope he set up in between the World Trade Center. This story brings you through the obstacles he had to take in order to fulfil his dream. The illustrations in this book will take you to new heights, see New York City from a different perspective, and honor the memory of the World Trade Center.


DrawingFromMemory Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
This is a beautiful story and graphic novel written and illustrated by Allen Say, a renowned artist. You will read about Allen Say’s life growing up in Japan, before and after World War II. Allen’s story begins as a young child who was always criticized by his father and grandmother for drawing. They would say that his art will never amount to anything. However, nothing could deter Allen from drawing, he goes to seek out a mentor who teaches him about art and drawing. This story gives inspiration to any reader, and you might even want to become an artist after reading this too.


this is sadie book cover This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary
Sadie is a girl with an impeccable imagination! Through her imagination and her books, she explores different worlds, experience these journeys with her friends and lives a tremendous amount of lives. Amidst the nods to some children’s classic stories, Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book, children will realized that you can have many adventures from the magnificent worlds you read about. Along with the extraordinary pictures you will be so immerse into her creativity that you might want to build a ship from a box, or a castle from cushions. This is a wonderful story to be read out loud.


ReturnReturn by Aaron Becker
The final book in the Journey trilogy brings us back to the fantastic alternate world where crayons have magic powers. This time the father follows his daughter, curious as to where she has disappeared, and both quickly find themselves in peril. The father plays the hero in the end, capturing the villain just as his daughter has captured his attention at last. Becker’s beautiful watercolor illustrations are so captivating and full of detail that the wordless pages come alive and allow plenty of room for imagination.


Stop Following Me, MoonStop Following Me, Moon! by Darren Farrell
It’s nighttime in the forest and Bear is hungry. He helps himself to berries and honey and then starts stealing from human campers. Suddenly he realizes the moon is following him, so he tries to run and hide! In the end, Bear promises to be nice and shares all of his stolen food with the inhabitants of the forest. With uniquely adorable illustrations and lots to discover on every page, this book is a fun and silly read.


Absolutely One ThingAbsolutely One Thing by Lauren Child
Math is lots of fun in this book featuring Charlie and Lola. The pages are packed with things to count! Readers also get to laugh at Lola’s silly attempts at counting (“One two five seven twenty”) and help Charlie with some addition. Great for preschoolers or early elementary kids beginning to learn about math.


i haiku youI Haiku You by Betsy Snyder
A charming example of the sweet simplicity of a haiku. Highlighting small wonders like instant friendship and purple popsicles on a summer day, this collection of delightful poems and darling illustrations makes for a cozy read you’ll absolutely adore.


arcic whiteArctic White by Danna Smith, illustrated by Lee White
When you look around the Arctic during winter, all is white – the animals, the tundra, even the gray in the sky is a shade of white. Sometimes you miss color. Until one day your grandfather takes you on a walk through the snow at night and something magical appears. Arctic White is a beautiful story of hope told through evocative writing and mesmerizing illustrations.


toys meet snowToys Meet Snow, by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
From the creators of the Toys trilogy comes the lovely story of a curious stuffed buffalo, a poetic sting ray, and a matter-of-fact rubber ball. With the Little Girl away on a winter vacation, the three toys go outside to explore snow for the first time. Full of discovery, imagination, and a few factual tidbits along the way, Toys Meet Snow is an instant classic.


jack-frost-9781442430433_hrJack Frost, by William Joyce
The latest addition to William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood series is the story of Nightlight or, as we know him now, Jack Frost. Under oath to protect the Man in the Moon from all harm, young Nightlight defends his friend in a battle that renders him stranded on Earth. As his loneliness spread within him, so did the ice and snow that followed him, until all the world was covered in white and he was given the name Jackson Overland Frost. But Jack had a guardian of his own, a friend that will help him remember what brings him joy.


crayonsThe Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Duncan’s crayons are back in this companion book to The Day the Crayons Quit. This time, however, the crayons are asking for Duncan’s help. Follow along as Duncan receives postcards from lost or forgotten crayons in despair, each pleading to be rescued and returned to the crayon box. Hilarious, colorful, and fun, this book will keep readers entertained and laughing until the very end.


The Thing About Yetis

The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel
The thing about yetis is…they’re just like us. Yetis love waking up to snow and drinking hot chocolate with a friend. They love going sledding and building snow castles. But the long, cold winter days can sometimes be too long and too cold, even for yetis. The joys of summer and sunshine can seem so far away. The thing about yetis, though, is that like us, with a little imagination and creativity, they can enjoy the best of every season all year long.


thank-you-and-good-night-coverThank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell
Simply put, the perfect bedtime story. Follow Clement, Jean, and Alan Alexander as they have their first ever sleepover! They dance, they snack, they play, and they even do yoga. But when it’s time for bed, they do perhaps the most important thing of all and share what they were thankful for that day. A sweet story that will inspire a new bedtime ritual, Thank You and Good Night is a great book for little ones.


The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems, illustrated by Tony Diterlizzi
This charming book for beginner readers tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Diva, a small dog who guards her home at 11 avenue Le Play, and Flea, a stray cat who spends his days wandering the streets of Paris. When Flea strolls past Diva’s courtyard one day, the two catch each other’s attention and begin an endearing friendship. They introduce one another to their different worlds; Flea shows Diva the joys of adventuring the streets while Diva shows Flea the comforts of having a place to call home. Diterlizzi’s beautiful illustrations of Paris are the perfect complement to Willems’ story and together with the occasional French word create an authentically Parisian feel to the book.


zen socksZen Socks by Jon J. Muth
“We often learn things in unexpected ways,” writes Jon J. Muth about his latest picture book. This charming story follows beloved panda Stillwater and his new neighbors, Leo and Molly, as they learn lessons of patience, kindness, and faith from one another in the most surprising ways. Inspired “by all the ways I have benefitted from those who have ‘socked it to me,’ ” Muth once again delivers a picture book that is sure to win the hearts of readers, young and old alike. Full of beauty, warmth, and Zen wisdom, Zen Socks is a great addition to any bookshelf.


Thankful_SpinelliThankful by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Archie Preston
Everyone has something to be thankful for in this playful, heartfelt tale! Eileen Spinelli’s sweet story is told in rhyme, and Archie Preston’s vibrant illustrations conjure up the warmth of family life and the joys of being a child.



Waiting_HenkesWaiting by Kevin Henkes
Five toy animals—owl, pig, bear, puppy, and rabbit—perch on a windowsill, waiting to see their favorite things as the days and seasons shift outside. Cat’s arrival brings another creature—or maybe more than just one!—into their midst. This tale about the delights of patience and observation is rendered in delicate colors and beautiful illustrations that recall the art of Japan.


LeoLeo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Leo tries to make the family that moves into his house feel welcome, but they end up being frightened of him instead. So after they invite over a host of experts to try and get rid of him, he becomes a wandering ghost, roaming the streets of the city until a little girl sees him and invites him in to be her imaginary friend. But will she still want to be friends with him when she finds out he’s not imaginary—he’s actually a ghost? A sweet and quirky tale about friendship from the award-winning author of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Telephone.


MapleWillowApartMaple & Willow Apart by Lori Nichols
Maple and her little sister Willow are never apart, but now that Maple’s started kindergarten, they have to be—and after the initial novelty of going to big-girl school has worn off a bit, Maple realizes she misses her little sister as much her Willow misses her. You can feel the love the sisters have for each other radiating from Lori Nichols’s warm, witty illustrations, and the wise, sweet story will resonate with anyone who once was, or had, a big or little sister.


LadybugGirlBestEverPlaydateLadybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate by David Soman and Jacky Davis
When Finny brings over the most amazing toy ever (the Rolly-Roo!), Lulu wants to play with it more than anything else—but Finny wants to play with her. When the Rolly-Roo breaks, its spell over Lulu does too, and together she and Finny dream up the best playdate ever—complete with a superhero tea party! A tale about friendship, feelings, imagination, and the joy of playing together.


icecreamsummerIce Cream Summer by Peter Sís
Summer is the sweetest season in this delightful picture book, its pages filled with cool pastel landscapes and ice cream-inspired dreams: a hammock strung between ice-cream cone trees, sand castles made in the shape of sundaes! Ice cream is Joe’s mouthwatering muse: thanks to his love of the refreshing frozen treat, he learns math, vocabulary, world history, and more. Everyone knows ice cream is delicious, but who knew it could also be so educational?


FireflyJulyFirefly July selected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
A delightful introduction to poetry for any young reader. Poems by writers such as Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Emily Dickinson are brought to life with colorful, collage-like illustrations. And summer is only one of the many seasons represented by these short but striking poems, so you’ll be reading this book all year round!



on a beam of lightOn a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
This is an elegant and dreamy picture book biography of the revolutionary scientist, the obstacles he overcame, and the endless curiosity and wonder with which he viewed the world. Educational and inspirational! Non-Fiction



up in the garden and down in the dirt

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Above ground, there is a garden brimming with plants, insects, and the people tending and harvesting vegetables. Under the dirt, where the seeds rest and germinate, there is another environment equally full of life: the earthworms, the snakes, and the tunneling roly-polys. Follow the cycles as time passes above and below ground in this beautiful celebration of spring and growth.



Home by Carson Ellis
This beautiful picture book explores the concept of home, and artfully illuminates the simplicity and nuance of belonging. Home can be many different kinds of structures, in many places, with many different inhabitants. Carson Ellis’ unique style is masterful!



flora and the penguinFlora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
After mastering ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, our feisty heroine is back! This time, Flora is twirling, sliding, and waltzing across the ice with a penguin. They glide elegantly in synch, until a misunderstanding slips up their dance. To defrost the mood, Flora must go fishing for a solution. This inventive, wordless book will have you cheering for friendship until the end.


Pete the Cat saves ChristmasPete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin and James Dean
‘Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill. How will the presents be delivered? Pete the Cat is here to save the day! But, can he make it to all the houses in time? In his own groovy fashion, Pete is sure going to give it his all. This quirky new spin of The Night before Christmas is a great addition to the holiday classics. There are even stickers included at the end!


the NutcrackerThe Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers
One Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather gives her a very special gift—a wooden nutcracker. As Marie drifts off to sleep that night, she enters a nightmare in which she and her Nutcracker must battle the seven-headed Mouse King. Victorious, her nightmare turns to a dream when she and her toy-turned-prince are welcomed to the Land of Sweets. A classic Christmas tale of the triumph of love over evil, this picture book is a beautiful adaptation of the timeless ballet. There’s a reason it’s a holiday favorite.


once upon an alphabetOnce Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for all the Letters by Oliver Jeffers
Quirky, hilarious, and with a small dose of tragedy, Jeffers’ newest masterpiece is a collection of twenty-six alphabet anecdotes. From a jelly door’s structural mishap, to a parsnip’s identity crisis, to a brand new creature called a whiraffe (hint: it’s handy for making whipped cream!), we can’t help but turn the page for another irresistible story.  The book is neatly tied together by several recurring characters, including an astronaut who is afraid of heights. With its simple lines and sparse color, Once Upon an Alphabet is not only textually creative, but visually stunning. This is not your average A-Z!


otis and the scarecrowOtis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
Otis the friendly little tractor is thrilled when a scarecrow comes to live on the farm. He’s excited for a new friend! But, the scarecrow remains still, stern faced, and unanimated, so Otis and the farm animals leave him alone. When a big rain comes, Otis makes a boldly compassionate gesture, and the story concludes with a heartfelt celebration.



Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett
Set in a long-ago Russia, this version of the classic fairy tale is a little bit silly and a lot of fun! Jan Brett’s detail-oriented, realistic illustrations beautifully capture the historical costumes and architectural details, while the story deftly reimagines all the tale’s characters as showily plumaged chickens (the Fairy Godmother as a poofy Silkie hen is a particular joy). Bonus points for the pink glitter cover! For readers ages 3 to 6.


bluebirdBluebird by Bob Staake
A moving wordless story about a boy who is bullied and excluded at school and the bluebird that becomes his friend.  Beautifully designed and imagined, with a powerful ending. One of the better picture books on bullying we’ve seen.



Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always by Tao Nyeu
Like a hipper (the hats!) Frog and Toad, Squid and Octopus celebrate friendship in all its sweet and myriad forms. Kids and grownups will totally enjoy the adorable illustrations and the fun, creative storylines, including the quirky side conversations various sea creatures have in many of the panels. A feel-good book perfect re-reading.



If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
From the author-illustrator team that gave us and then it’s spring comes a heartwarming book that sweetly portrays a boy and his dog waiting and watching for a whale. With gentle humor, it carefully mentions all the things not to watch for too, like pirates. Stead’s illustrations are made with lino prints and pencil in the same endearing style as her Caldecott winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee.


Train by Elisha Cooper
For train aficionados! Describes in detail the course of several cross-country train rides, perfectly capturing the sounds, smells and sights encountered. The lovely watercolor illustrations are soft but detailed, warranting extra time for looking!


Yumi by Annelore Parot
An incredibly engaging and detail-filled book about wooden Japanese Kokeshi dolls, with pages full of hide-n-seek panels and fold-out flaps. Children will love the colorful illustrations, which feature bright kimono patterns, Japanese street scenes, cherry blossoms, and sushi. A great way to explore Japanese culture and lifestyle with very young readers. Highly recommended for ages 3 to 6.


Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
Situating this lovely picture book in the tradition of Zen koans, Muth tells a beautifully simple story of a panda bear named Stillwater who befriends a family of children. Kind and gentle, Stillwater engages the children with a series of unassuming short stories that reflect the same values. Wonderfully illustrated and simply profound, Zen Shorts leaves its readers with a sense of peace and truly teaches us from the inside. It is one of the loveliest and subtlest picture books we’ve read.


The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Quirky award-winners Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events) and Klassen (I Want My Hat Back) team up in this beautiful, poetic picture book. Laszlo is afraid of the dark he shares his big, creaky house with, until the dark pays him a visit. Touching and surprising, this is a perfect book for any child (or adult!)who has ever feared going to the places where the dark lives in their house.


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
This picture book by the inimitable Peter Brown (author of You Will Be My Friend!) has all of the humor and visual charm of his earlier outings. Mr. Tiger, in his natty Edwardian suit, decides he’s tired of being so proper all the time, so he leaves the city to run wild in the countryside. When he starts missing his friends, though, he realizes that it’s important to be civil and polite sometimes, and just as important to let your hair down other times. Kids will appreciate Mr. Tiger’s frustration, and readers of every age will enjoy the funny resolution to the story.


Journey by Aaron Becker
Words cannot describe how gorgeous this imaginative wordless picture book is. Journey reads sort of like perennial favorite Harold and the Purple Crayon, but where the latter delights in simplicity, Journey revels in the baroque and visually lush. A wonderful tribute to creativity and childhood (and childlike) wonder, sure to engage readers of all ages.


Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherry Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
From the creators of the much-beloved “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” “Steam Train, Dream Train” is a wonderful before-bed story for young train aficionados. A crew of hardworking animals, rendered in
lovely soft-edged illustrations, prepares their whimsical train for another night on the tracks. Rhyming text keeps kids’ interest, while the winding down of the animals’ busy night mirrors kids’ transitions from active daytime into sleepy nighttime.


The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan and Sophie Blackall
Lalouche lives in Paris a hundred and some-odd years ago where he loves delivering the mail and longs for a room with a view of the Seine. In this endearing tale, Lalouche, the humble, nimble postman, becomes a boxer to provide for his pet finch, Genevieve. Small but mighty, there’s no way not to love the Mighty Lalouche, who finds stationery stores still make him sad, and the warm, watercolor collages of Sophie Blackall that illustrate this underdog story.


That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Replete with dramatic tension, this story begins when a fox invites a goose into the deep, dark woods, but it doesn’t end the way you might think. With Mo Willems’ characteristic wit, the story is told in silent-movie style, a peanut gallery of goslings warning along the way, “That is not a good idea!”


Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe by Jane O’Connor
When Nancy’s little sister gives Nancy’s favorite doll Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier an unwanted tattoo, their mom tries to make it up to her by bringing Nancy and Marabelle to a doll gala (that’s fancy for “party”). A true-to-life tale about the special relationship between a girl and her doll and the very special relationship between older and younger sisters.


Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Barnett and Klassen have created a perfect picture book. A delightful story of a girl named Annabelle and a box of yarn that keeps on giving. She knits sweaters for her whole town, and then starts knitting sweaters for things that don’t usually wear sweaters, like trucks and trees. With beautifully colored whimsical illustrations, this is a touching story full of humor.


This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
This year’s Caldecott Medal Winner is the deadpan-hilarious tale of a small fish who steals a blue bowler hat while its owner, a much bigger fish, is asleep, and hopes to get away with it. Fans of I Want My Hat Back will appreciate Klassen’s characteristic humor, and new readers will love the style of this richly illustrated story.


A Perfect Day by Carin Berger
The events of a perfect winter day are perfectly captured in Carin Berger’s touching collages. “Emma got to make the first tracks in the snow… And Charlotte opened an icicle stand.” At the end of the day,”It was time to go home to warm hugs and dry clothes and steaming hot chocolate.” A beautiful new picture book that makes vivid the joys of playing outside in winter.


The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce
William Joyce’s latest project, the Guardians of Childhood book series, so far includes two picture books and three novels, and remains ongoing (and is what the movie The Rise of the Guardians is based on). Each tells an origin story of a different Guardian that you might find surprising. Did you know Santa Claus, for instance, started out as an outlaw, daredevil swordsman? Or that the so-called “Easter Bunny” is highly skilled in martial arts? Or that all the teeth collected by the Tooth Fairy contain the forgotten memories of childhood? Get to know these characters again as you’ve never quite imagined them before. Book One: The Man in the Moon.


 Postcards from Camp: A Postal Story by Simms Taback
A story told over the course of Michael’s summer at sleep-away camp, each page is a postcard or a letter that he writes to and receives from his dad. Textured and humorous, rich with handmade collages and cartoons, following this father-son correspondence is a heartwarming read that recalls many a summer memory, and the beauty of giving a new experience a first try and a second chance….after a little encouragement from your parent.


Shadow by Suzy Lee
With a “click” that turns on the light in her garage, for a little girl, the shadow world opens and comes out to play. In the adventures that ensue, the line begins to blur between real and make-believe. A nearly wordless story told in spectacular two-part drawings, Suzy Lee’s Shadow is a masterpiece of imagination.


Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer
Olivia is having an identity crisis: Her peers all want to be pink fairy princesses, but she’s interested in “developing a more stark, modern style,” and considering the alternatives. “If everyone’s a princess then princesses aren’t special anymore!  Why do they all want to be the same?” Hilarous and lovable as ever, with a heartwarming message about finding your own voice.


The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer
A delightful tale of poor Tim, who has a reputation for telling tall tales and, ironically, gets in trouble for telling the truth.  Playfully illustrated with a cast of characters worthy of any child’s vivid imagination.



The Tree House by Marjie Tolman & Ronald Tolman 
Delightful, detailed, and amazing! The cozy tale of two bears who swim to a tree house and make themselves at home. From the father-daughter team of Marjie and Ronald Tolman, the fantastic illustrations in this colorful book make The Tree House a wordless treasure.


Wave by Suzy Lee
With simple lines of charcoal and sweeps of blue acrylic, Suzy Lee has created a treasure for all ages: the gorgeous, wordless Wave. Spend a day at the sea without leaving Santa Fe by standing at the water’s edge with a playful little girl and the waves that break before her. Join her in the discovery of the gifts that the tide brings in. In this masterful book, Suzy Lee “explores the power of the natural world, the nuance of friendship, and even the very components that make a book.”


Olympig! The triumphant story of an Underdog by Victoria Jamieson
Boomer is the first pig ever to compete in the Summer Animal Olympics. In every event, he does his best and he fully expects to be THE best and come home with a medal. When the other animals prove stronger and faster, he feels like all his practice was for nothing and wants to quit. Many of the other pigs laugh at him, but his mom lets him know how proud she is of Boomer just for trying. In the end, his losses motivate him to start training for the Winter Olympics! A heartening story for kids struggling with disappointment, embarrassment, and defeat in competition, offering encouragement for staying with it.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
“Morris slowly walked inside and discovered the most mysterious and inviting room he had ever seen. It was filled with the fluttering of countless pages, and Morris could hear the faint chatter of a thousand different stories, as if each book was whispering an invitation to adventure.” This is the story that inspired the Academy Award-winning short film by the same name. Magical and bittersweet, this is an unforgettable modern classic about the power of opening a new book and the way books become friends that last throughout one’s life. Each page whispers an invitation to adventure.
Watch the short here:


My Travelin’ Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Taos author Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw journeys with a young girl who’s just a little “different” from the other kids. Her special way of seeing allows her to observe the world in a unique & imaginative way, and with her mother’s help, she uses her difference as an opportunity to express her creativity.


The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool 
My favorite illustrator, Alison Jay, paints a rich & magical world that celebrates the story of a cloud-spinning young boy who captures the attention of the greedy King with his beautiful craft. The King puts the whole Kingdom in danger with his avarice, until his daughter intervenes. Thanks to the children, the King learns the wisdom of avoiding greed and the importance of treating Nature with respect.


Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Grandpa Green’s life story, as told by his great-grandson, is a whimsical wandering through a garden of topiary delights. A beautiful homage to the memories and stories we pass on from generation to generation.



The Umbrella by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
A gorgeous, wordless story of a dog traveling around the world by riding the wind and waves with a red umbrella. He visits wild animals in their habitats high in the air and deep in the sea, encountering many a climate and creature. Your child will love flipping through this book again and again and re-imagining the dog’s many adventures.


Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
Hilarious and lovable, Betty Bunny is proud to be what her parents call “a handful.” “I don’t want to have patience,” she says, “I want to have chocolate cake.” As her family tries to teach her what it means to wait patiently, you’ll enjoy this story as tirelessly as Betty does her newfound, glorious dessert.


Silverlicious by Victoria Kann
When Pinkalicious loses her sweet tooth and the tooth fairy is busy, she gets some unexpected visits from Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and one of Santa’s elves. A delightful tale about discovering the true meaning of sweetness.



Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Fans of Georgia O’Keeffe will love this little-known story of her adventures in Hawaii. The lush illustrations evoke the magic of her art and capture your imagination, making you want to know more about this enigmatic artist & how she saw the world. A great gift for the budding artist in your life!


Chloe, Instead by Micah Player 
A perfect gift for a big sister, you may relate to Molly’s aggravation with her new little sister Chloe, but the bright, beautiful illustrations are bound to make you smile at the same time. A very sweet story about what it’s really like getting used to having a younger sibling.


Lost and Found by Shaun Tan
With narratives both unassuming and rich with insight, these three remarkable stories are a profound look at the themes of displacement and belonging. The first story, “The Red Tree,” illuminates the emotional world of a child experiencing depression in a touching way, and the final story, John Marsden’s “The Rabbits,” could serve as a perfect teaching tool dealing with the history of colonialism for children. Each page of Tan’s artwork is a treasure trove of details enchanting both children and older readers.


Brontorina by James Howe, illustrated by Randy Cecil 
Brontorina is a dinosaur who wants to go to ballet school, but the dance studio is too small and the shoes aren’t quite big enough! An endearing story about doing what you love and finding out that anything is possible.



Flotsam by David Wiesner
A wordless story that allows the reader to create the narrative as we follow a camera that has washed up on a beach.  A creative tale for all ages!



No One But You by Douglas Wood, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Filled with beautiful oil portraits of children, this book is a touching celebration of self-discovery. A beautiful gift to tell a friend, young or old, that they are unique and to remind them of the value of their own experience.0

Tuesday June 2, 2017