Reading Together

November is National Picture Book Month! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared what we’ve been Reading Together, so it only seems appropriate that I kick-off the new month with a list jam packed with picture books. Not familiar with National Picture Book Month? Be sure to check out the website which is chock-full of author and illustrator features, resources, activities, videos, and fun!

Remember… it’s been awhile since I’ve shared books we’ve been reading, so this list is a doosy. There is no preferential order either. Lots of newbies. Lots of “I Spy” type activity books. And a few of the best books we’ve read all year. Grab a pen. You’re going to want to jot these down…

It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

We had this book for quite awhile and I also read it during an impromptu storytime at the library a few months ago. Bright illustrations and a fun, suspenseful storyline about a boy who finds a tiger lurking everywhere he goes.

1-2-3 Peas bye Keith Baker

Keith Baker creates the most charming books for preschoolers and kindergarten-age children. His latest, 1-2-3 Peas, is a darling book about counting that makes you want to read it over and over again.

Lucy Can’t Sleep by Amy Schwartz

Lucy can’t quite go to sleep. It takes wandering through the house, eating some chocolate pudding, and the help of a few friends (Bear, Dolly, and a pup) for Lucy to finally slip into bed and sleep.

Cat the Cat, Who is That? by Mo Willems

The last few weeks we’ve read this book a bagillion times!! Over and over and over again. L has it memorized (literally). A series for beginning readers all kids can enjoy.

Sky Color by Peter Reynolds

Love Peter H. Reynolds! I’m mean, really… who doesn’t? This is his latest, Sky Color.

Mossy by Jan Brett

I think it’s safe to say that this is my favorite Jan Brett picture book yet. I wish I had it for turtle storytime back in July. Next time!

Apple by Nikki McClure

Nikki McClure is one of my favorite cut-paper artists and children’s illustrators. I was so pleased to see her recognized in the New York Times earlier this year for her simple and lovely, Apple.

We’re Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins

This has been in our bedtime circulation for quite awhile.

Sheep Out to Eat by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple

Those sheep! A teashop is no place for you to eat!

Walt Disney’s Cinderella retold by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mary Blair

Oh Mary Blair! You might recognize her work as a concept artist for several Disney movies. If you’re not familiar with Mary Blair it’s best you get antiquated! We are really loving this picture book featuring her artwork partnered with text by some of the most celebrated children’s book authors.

Walt Disney’s Peter Pan retold by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, illustrated by Mary Blair

Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland retold by Jon Scieszka, illustrations by Mary Blair

Tell Me About Your Day Today by Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringler

A sweet story about a girl and her stuff animals reminiscing about their busy day.

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

L has memorized this book as well. She also has taken to tucking things behind her ear and yelling, “Momma, it’s a good day!”

Who’s Hiding by Satoru Onishi

Like I mentioned earlier, we’ve been really into “I Spy” books. This one is a fun and challenging.

Adopt a Glurb by Elise Gravel

A co-worker recommended this Balloon Toon book, which happens to be a favorite in their house. The illustrations are quirky and so fun!

Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

The first time I read this book… I was like..”meh”. But L loves it and after I read it a couple times more, I’m in the same boat.

Snail, Where Are You? by Tomi Ungerer

Identifies swirls in the world around us. Now when L sees a swirl she calls it a snail.

Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

Rainy days are the pits, except when your dad finds the most unusual and hilarious game to play.

The Secret Circus by Johanna Wright

The illustrations in this book are beautiful. Parisian mice take off on an adventure to visit a secret circus.

One Bear With Bees in His Hair by Jakki Wood

An amusing short story which also incorporates counting and colorful illustrations.

I Spy Little Numbers by Jean Marzollo, pictures by Walter Wick

A cleaver way to teach number recognition through a simple and colorful “I Spy” book.

Can You See What I See? Dinosaurs by Walter Wick

Another fun “I Spy” book for toddlers and preschool age kids. You can’t go wrong with dinosaurs!

It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler, illustrated by Roger Bollen

This was a book my mother use to read to me as a child. It teaches the important lesson of appreciating who you are and the family you have.

Cat Tale by Michael Hall

Ooohh this books is too clever! A terrific play on words which would be a fun way to introduce homophones and homonyms.

In the Town All Year Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner

This is another pick introduced by a co-worker that we had checked out for almost four months. Visually stimulating with limited text, the reader follows a town and it’s habitats through the different seasons of one year.

All the Seasons of the Year by Deborah Lee Rose, illustrated by Kay Chorao

A month by month telling of a mother and her kitten and the activities they engage in throughout the year.

Let’s Go For a Drive! by Mo Willems

The latest Elephant and Piggie book! Need I say more?

Moomin and the Birthday Button based on the stories of Tove Jansson

Another latest obsession is Moomin and Little My!

Moomin’s Lift-the-Flap Hide and Seek based on the stories of Tove Jansson

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

The follow up book to I Want My Hat Back. Same idea. As always, the hat stealer doesn’t fare well in the end.

A House in the Woods by Inga Moore

This picture book has a very Wind in the Willows feel to me. Outstanding illustrations and wonderful story of a home of friends.

Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee

Siblings Boot and Shoe are best of friends and share everything. A sweet story by another favorite illustrator, Marla Frazee.

Frosty The Snowman by Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

Been reading this one together since September. My head might explode come the holiday season if the song starts to play on a department store speaker system.

What are you reading together?

***Reading Together is a sampling of picture books I’m currently reading aloud to LBD (also known as L or Little L), my toddler daughter. Since I work in the children’s room of a public library, I’m always bringing home stacks and stacks of books to share together. Old and new. These are our favorites. Some of which have been read over and over and over again…. Times thirty. To the tenth power.***


5 Responses to “Reading Together”

  1. Sarah says:

    And a little “Splat the Cat” to boot.

    • Rebecca says:

      That’s the new Splat the Cat Says Thank You! I haven’t decided if I’ll include it in my Thanksgiving Storytime yet. I can’t believe I’m picking out books about Thanksgiving already!!

  2. MOOMINS!! YES! We own those and love them. What a lovely list you have here :)

    • Rebecca says:

      YES! Love us some Moomins!! I’ve been meaning to email you, Melissa… I just checked out Dignity of Dragons as per your suggestion. Love. Love. Love. I don’t know if I can bring myself to return it to the library :)


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