In my last post, I shared some of my favorite picture books for children from 2009. I'll continue the list here. What were your favorite books this past year?
A young boy who spends most of his time alone in his bedroom makes new friends after the monster in his drawing becomes a monstrous nuisance. Fans of Harold and the Purple Crayon should enjoy this one!
Two sleepy children sneak out of their beds to watch as their parents, who love each other very much, break into a dance while washing the dishes.
Illustrations and text on lift-the-flap pages present vehicles and other useful machines at work, including a backhoe, a fire truck, a tug boat, a railroad crossing sign, and a container ship.
Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons by Rob D. Walker, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
A man recalls all of the important lessons Mama taught about behavior and faith in God as he was growing up. These poems are featured in English, as well as Cherokee, Danish, Hebrew and Inuktitut.
Meeow, an adorable black cat, creates something fun out of a big, plain box. Simple text and bright illustrations are sure to please toddlers - and inspire some creativity at home!
In 1881 Amherst, Massachusetts, six-year-old Gilbert finds it both challenging and wonderful to spend time with his aunt, the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, who lives next door. Older children may want to learn more about Emily Dickinson and her poetry after reading this picture book gorgeously illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.
This beautiful photo book follows the course of one day in our world. Sunrise to sunset is captured in the essential things we all do daily, wherever we live in the world, and in the different ways we do them. The first meal of the day will take on a whole new dimension for American kids as an American pancake breakfast is contrasted with porridge in North Korea and churros in Spain. This one is located in the Juvenile Non-Fiction section under the call #: J 305.23409 KERLEY. Don't miss this hidden beauty!
A baby kangaroo takes his first tentative hops outside of his mama's pouch, meeting other creatures and growing bolder each time.
Princess Hyacinth (the surprising tale of a girl who floated) by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Lane Smith
Princess Hyacinth is bored and unhappy sitting in her palace every day because, unless she is weighed down by specially-made clothes, she will float away, but her days are made brighter when kite-flying Boy stops to say hello. This is a unique, fun story!