(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)
As a children’s librarian, I read A LOT of picture books. And honestly, I absolutely love it. Picture books are so special to me. And I consider myself very lucky that they are a big part of my career and my everyday life.
Because this is a “freebie” I thought it would be fun to share with you the top ten pictures books that I’ve read and enjoyed recently. Admittedly, some of these are classics, but some are newer books that I just can’t help but love.
Rot The Cutest in the World by Ben Clanton – when I picked up this book I was searching for a book that would be fitting for a first grade class visit. From the start I personally thought Rot was adorable! And I loved the message of the book. I read it to the class I was visiting and I was so happy it was well received.
The Stinky Cheese Many and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith – this book seems like it has been around forever. Seriously I remember reading this when I was in grammar school. Back then I loved it – I thought it to be weird and laugh out loud funny. With time, it seems like this book has gotten even better. I find that kids today laugh just as much and as hard as I did when I first picked it up. I’m glad to see it is still leaving a lasting impression on its readers.
Fruits in Suits by Jared Chapman – what can I say? There is something ridiculously funny about a bunch of fruit wearing various styles of bathing suits. This book just makes me smile.
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty – I’m a question ask-er. Ever since I was little I’ve asked a lot of questions. I feel very akin to little Ada. I love how she questions the things she does, the things she sees, and even the thing she smells. I feel that this book shows young and old readers a like the power and the importance of asking questions.
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt – As a children’s librarian I do a lot of storytimes, and I frequent some of the local public schools in the community. And as much as the kids love listening to this story, I love reading it. I always tell the kids I love reading this book because I get to be very, very loud. And that’s the honest truth… well that, and I love the dad’s crazy hair!
After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat – When I first read this book I though it was going to be a silly story, one that would simply make me laugh. And it did. But more than that it made me think about facing fears. It’s a book that I learn a bit from and I appreciate it.
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith – I enjoy a good retelling. And simply put: I really enjoyed this Little Red Riding Hood retelling. I thought it was original and inventive. As a reader I appreciated the twists, the differences, and the freshness of this classic story.
Actual Size by Steven Jenkins – First I have to give a shout out to my bff Emma (Miss Print) when I was trying to figure out some new books to bring with me to school visits, this was one of her suggestions. The first time I read it in a classroom full of eager kids, I found that they really loved the book. They loved learning all about the animals that are featured in this book. They loved comparing the size of their hands to the hand of the gorilla. This book is proof that books make learning fun.
The Jelly Bean Tree by Toni Yuly – I don’t have much to say except that I thought this was a sweet story with quite possibly the cutest blue giraffe.
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds – I’ve come to terms with the fact that what I find humorous is very similar to what second graders find humorous. Any book about a pair of underpants that scare it’s owner is downright funny. How could I not LOVE this book?!
So there you have it folks! There are the top ten picture books that I’ve read and loved lately! Do you love picture books just as much as I do? If so, please share some of your new found faves!
(Cover images from Goodreads)