Books, Education, Kids

Noteworthy Picture Books

June 20, 2012

Our summer reading project is well underway! I know my dear friend and comadre Tiz is reading my blog because she wanted to know about that 14 page list of book suggestions that Diego’s future librarian provided. I love it! Tiz specifically wanted to know about picture books. Here are some of the suggestions that we already read (we own some and we checked some out from our town’s library). I will post more reviews on new books we discover throughout the summer. In the mean time, read below and click on a book for more info and order a couple! Or visit your library! It’s going to be a long and hot summer!!

We own City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems (one of my favorite authors). His books are usually super funny but this one…get the tissue box out and ready FOR YOU. A great story about friendship and loss. The watercolors in this book are stunning!

We checked out Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin at the library a few weeks ago and Diego can not put it down. It is super cute as the worm keeps a journal of his every day life. You learn a little bit about worms but Diego was really intrigued with the worm keeping a diary. So Diego asked for a notebook and has been jotting down a few notes of his day too.

What a great picture book for kids but especially for girls! In Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, Grace wants to know why the United States has never had a “girl” president. She decides there needs to be one and starts a personal quest in her own classroom at school.

A sweet, sweet book! Get your tissues out again. I’m not a fan of cats but this little kitten in Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes is simply adorable. She goes on an adventure, chasing the moon, believing it is something else. Winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal, a gorgeous picture book that should be on everyone’s bookshelf.

We have all three of the books on this series. The first one, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems is hilarious. We also love the art and photographs of New York City. Loved by Diego because of Trixie and her little problem and loved by me because when you read it, you’ll find out that as parents, we would all do anything to find our children’s lost lovey.

We also just checked out My Garden by Kevin Henkes from the library. This one was tricky because of the illustration of the girl and flowers on the cover. Diego didn’t want to read it. I sat on the couch and started to read it myself. Within seconds, he was by my side enjoying another great book. It ended up resonating with him so much that we are still discussing what we would plant if we had a magic garden. Great story on imaginations running wild. Loved it!

You are going to think I am still very hormonal. Why are all these picture books tearjerkers? To be fair, even Diego’s lips turned into a pout as we “read” A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka. There are no words in this true picture book. Fantastic for all ages. The illustrations are beautiful and you will continue to flip through the book over and over. Great for making predictions and helping your child start “discussing literature” πŸ™‚ It is also the winner of the 2012 Caldecott Medal.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Are there others from the same authors that you recommend?
Come back and visit as I will provide more book suggestions and reviews in the weeks to come!

Your friend,



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  • Reply Sleeping Should Be Easy June 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Holy moly, we JUST borrowed City Dog Country Frog this week and just read it right now before nap. Total tissue book, right? I was not expecting that at all. I think I even croaked when I read the end haha. Total sap I am! We also read diary of a worm but I think that may be too old for my little guy, but I do like Knuffle Bunny a lot (it’s that Mo Willems guy again!). I put the other books you listed on my to-read list πŸ˜‰

    • Betty
      Reply Betty June 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Good! And let me know if you discover anything new too! xoxo

  • Reply Caro Monroy June 23, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Taking this list with me next week when I return some books. Thanks for the recommendations!

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