Friday, May 23, 2014


As long as I'm talking about "summer reading" it would be a shame not to include a list of some of my favorite picture books. The kids never tire of these. Whether you're a mother or grandmother these are amazing books to read to children!

Petite Rouge by Mike Artell illustrated by Jim Harris
This is a delightful Cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood. You will need to practice your accent!

Art and Max  by David Wiesner
Art takes his art seriously and Max takes it literally... a funny combination!

Anansi and the Talking Melon  retold by Eric A. Kimmel
All the Anansi books are "must reads" How could one little African spider play so many tricks? You should also read, Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
This series was written for the very young but don't let that stop you.  These sheep are hilarious!

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
Joseph proves "you can always make something from nothing"

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson 
A book every child should read. It includes the "recipe" on how to lose your best enemy!

Heckedy Peg by Audrey and Don Wood
The illustrations are rich and the story is clever. You will need to practice your "witch" voice... don't miss this one.

Caps for Sale by  Esphyr Slobodkina
A delightful tale of "monkey see monkey do"  A perfect interactive read.

The Library Lion  by Michelle Knudsen
When the lion breaks the "rules" for a good reason everyone learns a lesson.                  "NO RUNNING"

Princess Bess Gets Dressed by Margery Cuyler
With a wardrobe befitting a princess, Bess's favorite outfit just might surprise you.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel
Of all the books on the list, this is in the top three of my favorites. A clever tale steeped in Jewish tradition and sprinkled with delicious goblins. 

It's a Book by Lane Smith  A very clever play on words in our fast paced "techie" world. This book will make you laugh!

Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
"OK Bear... you get the tops and I get the bottoms"  Quick witted Rabbit outsmarts lazy Bear.

City Dog, Country Frog  by Mo Willems
A beautiful tale of friendship, loss, and moving on. The illustrations are gorgeous.

Press Here  by Herve Tullet
From the very young to the kid at heart, this interactive book makes everyone squeal!

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
A sweet tender tale, perfect for sending your little one off for the first day of school. 

Gator Gumbo by Candace Fleming
"Now that's just like Maman use to make."  A scrumptious Cajun  re-telling of the Little Red Hen.

Chester the Worldly Pig by Bill Peet
When Chester sets out to become famous he has no idea just how "worldly" he really is.  Bill Peet was one of Disney original eight animators and his illustration are wonderful.

Owl Moon  by Jane Yolen
This is one of my favorite books... sweet, gentle  illustrations befitting the tender relationship between father and daughter.

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood
"Tonight we dine in the bathtub"  Beautiful illustrations and a great ending!

A Bad Case of Stripes by  David Shannon
Self discovery and finding one's voice even at a tender age, this book delivers an important message. 

ENJOY Sean Astin reading 
A Bad Case of Stripes