Reading: it builds empathy and increases language development. Beyond those two benefits, it’s also a wonderful form of entertainment. We value reading in our household and we read to our daughter on a daily basis. Though, I usually write about books that I’m reading; I thought I’d mention a few current favorites and get some recommendations in return.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Premise: A tiger in a Victorian-era city is tired of the stuffy life he and his fellow animals lead.He wants to be himself. He wants to go wild. What happens when social conventions slip?
Artwork: Simple and reminiscent to early video games. There’s an 8-bit quality that’s really wonderful.
Reasons to love: Good message and kids like to roar along with Mr. Tiger.
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski
Premise: A little girl doesn’t want to go to bed. She and her parents talk about how different animals sleep.
Artwork: Gorgeous. I’d love to frame a print and hang above S–’s bed.
Reasons to love: Guides kids through the bedtime process. Teaches kids about animals. Doesn’t force the issue of sleep.
Bunnies vs Parents
The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo
Premise: Three little bunnies keep getting up in the night and interrupt Mom and Dad with their noise.
Reasons to love: There’s an escalating pattern of bunnies not being asleep. Phrases like, “Looks like the bunnies are not in their beds” and “Goodnight, goodnight, sleep tight,” are popular hooks.
Get Up and Move
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Premise: Examples of how different animals move.
Artwork: It’s Eric Carl, so if you like his artwork, it’s good. I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I don’t really like his art. Maybe, it’s slowly growing on me.
Reasons to love: Gets your kids up and moving and learning about animals.
Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty
Premise: A little beastie called a Snatchabook is stealing everyone’s books. Eliza Brown solves the mystery.
Artwork: Warm, detailed, and gorgeous.
Reasons to love: Teaches a love of reading and compassion to others.
These are a few of our current favorites. What books should we check out from our library?