March 20, 2014

And the First Category is . . . Picture Books!

NYPL's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
This project is a perfect blend of two of my favorite things:
1. Lists 
 2. Reading

Couldn't be happier :) Let the reading begin!

For an explanation of my ratings, see here.

The LIST begins with picture books for children ages 2 - 6.


#1: Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack
3 Cheers!
Best for young readers and their parents, to be read in LOUD voices!
Join an adventurous frog in this story that uses only TWO letters.
The pictures tell the story--which makes it perfect for visual kids and parents alike.
Cleverly made and joyfully read aloud.

#2: Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka & Mac Barnett
3 Cheers! 
A great addition to your at-home library.
This book was clearly designed with boys in mind!
It takes a simple woodland birthday story with mild characters and pastel pictures and transforms it into a rough and tumble delight.
Not only is the story an excellent romp, it also challenges the reader to follow both the underlying story AND the scribbled in bits.

#3: The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco
4 Cheers!
Any book by Patricia Polacco pulls at a certain chord in my heart that is attached to all the nice feelings of being at home and being loved and reading great books with my parents. My dad had shelves full of her books, and we spent hours after school reading them.
So I am already biased toward any story she writes.
The Blessing Cup is great for read aloud and older readers, as the length and vocabulary are more complex.
And what a great story for asking questions, like:

How do families face difficult changes together?
Who acted as a helper in the story? Do we know anyone like that?
What traditions does our family have to create hope in hard times?


#4: Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
3 Cheers!
This wordless story will engage even young readers
(although be careful about little hands tearing the lift-the-flap features!)
A treat for all the tiny dancers.


#5: Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley
2 Cheers
2 Cheers
Another wordless book, great for creating words and stories along with the child as you follow the pictures.
Nice photography, nice concept, overall a nice book, but it didn't particularly grab my attention.

More to come! 
The next batch of great books I'll review: 
#6 - #15

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  1. Great commentary on these books. I absolutely have to get my hands on Battle Bunny. I haven't seen anything like that one before - it looks fantastic. Visiting from the Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party! :-)

    1. Thanks Renee :) Battle Bunny is epic.

  2. I agree The Blessing Cup was such a great read aloud. All of us really enjoyed it. My 6 yo read it over and again. Stopping by from Tina's linky!
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks

  3. AH HA was an excellent use of two letters and repetition for the youngest child. The surprises were nice and went from good to bad to good. I like everything about it and gave it a 5 (4 by your rating scale).

    Battle Bunny I have not seen until now, and now I want to read it. You say this is a great boy read and there are not enough of those around. Nice selection.

  4. Love adding new picture books to my classroom library - even my "big kids" love reading picture books! Thanks for the reviews... now, to check them out and add some to my Amazon wishlist :)

    Thanks for sharing,
    My Shoe String Life

  5. I love Patricia Polacco too! Thanks so much for sharing this great list at Booknificent Thursday! Looking forward to seeing you again this week!

  6. I am following you! I love your books featured! I would like for you to recommend a good way to keep up with current children's literature. what is the list I should be looking at?

    1. The list that I am reading through this year is the New York Public Library's 100 Titles to Read and Share. There is a link to it in this post:

      I look for lists like that one, and I also check on the Newbery and Caldecott Awards every year. The American Library Association is a great source too:

      So glad you are enjoying the reviews! :)