Sophie Dahl and Lauren O'Hara$18.99 $17.47
This is the most fun book in the world. I think of it as a better Eloise. There is a girl who lives in the mermaid hotel and she believes the eccentric "old, old, old" lady who arrives with lots of luggage, a turtle, dogs with their own bags, a Tierra and stories from her life is a villain. Mable begins to spy on the mysterious Madame Badaboah and they have the most marvelous adventures. The pictures, writing and whimsey of this book is out of this world.
Carole Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison$18.99 $17.47
This book is AMAZING. The Roots of Rap is fantastic to read with your cellphone near by to play the music (Whit always asks "What are they Dancing to?" because Frank Morrison's pictures are so amazing. It begins mentioning the poetry of Dunbar from the 1800s and continues to the stars of today. This books is FUN and the pictures will blow your mind.
Torben Kuhlmann$19.95 $18.35
This book is a game changer. If you are looking for a longer form book that will keep your toddlers attention this is it. The pictures are mind blowing and detailed and beautiful. Some pages have lots of text. Some pages have a sentence. All have amazing illustrations. If you are even considering this book.... GO FOR IT. It will provide the kind of story time experience you dream of. There is also a great deal of additional information about real astronauts at the end of the story.
Torben Kuhlmann$19.95 $18.35
My husband likes Lindbergh better than Armstrong (I am an Armstrong girl) but this is a book in the same vein of Armstrong... a long form picture book that will change the life of your family's story time experience.
Gene Barretta and Frank Morrison$18.99 $17.47
This book has everything and is again illustrated by my favorite... Frank Morrison (see the Roots of Rap book). There is a certain feel of whimsey in the pictures that help tell the life of George Washington Carver. It focuses a great deal on his childhood and his passion for plants. It shows how he used that passion to bring science to transform the lives of farmers. This is a beautiful book that just makes you want to sit under a tree and read. There is also a timeline of his life and a bibliography for the book at the end.
Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain$4.99 $4.59
The Berenstain Bears were great when we were kids and they are great now. This is a favorite because the kids build treehouses and forts but almost any childhood problem (the gimmies, trouble with money, manners) is addressed in a Berenstain Bear book.
Roald Dahl$8.99 $8.27
This book is long form and does not have the caliber of pictures that Armstrong or Lindbergh have. It does have the most true power of storytelling present in the pages. It is the kind of story that you read aloud once and your kids continue to bring it up for weeks onward... a little snipit about the story or the bravery. Imaginations can run wild with the idea of the minpins.
Gaia Cornwall$7.99 $7.35
This is a beautiful book about getting up the nerve to jump off of the diving board. The pictures give you the feel of being on the diving board and the trepidation that Jabari has. I love how sweet and supportive the dad is and when Jabari finally jumps it is a feel good moment all around!
Bill Wurtzel and Claire Wurtzel$17.99 $16.55
I truly would like for all of my emojis to now be foodie faces. This book is whimsical and fun and Bill Wurtzels skills are out of this world.
Audrey Wood and Don Wood$7.99 $7.35
I LOVE the pictures in this book. I love the repetition in this book. I love the near universal appeal that any kid has with not wanting to get out of the bathtub. There is so much to see in these pictures as you read the story. It is an invitation to linger and look on each page. The words seem MADE to read aloud and the humor is present throughout.
Cynthia Rylant and Diane Goode$7.99 $7.35
This book was not one I picked up on my own. A colleague insisted I try it. It is quiet and simple and transportive. It somehow stills the room and pulls children into the pages. It is the perfect book to quiet a hyper child.
Faith Ringgold$7.99 $7.35
This is another book that came straight from Angie and has a similar transportive experience taking you to the rooftop cookout in the hot summer.
Crockett Johnson and Crockett Johnson$7.99 $7.35
A dear friend and retired head of the art department at a local college says that you can learn everything you need to know about drawing perspective from this book. That is what keeps me entertained as an adult reading this book over and over... what keeps the kids enthralled is the blank page and creativity of the story.
Ezra Jack Keats$7.99 $7.35
I LOVE THIS book. This book is another that absolutely stills a child when it is read to them. My favorite way to use this book is around some actual real letter writing and stamp posting and mailbox dropping. This book has everything... a talking parrot, nervousness, mom, a dog, a puddle and even a birthday party.
Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson$7.99 $7.35
This classic book is a great excuse to find Spain on the map. The illustrations (remember the men in large hats?) are black and white and are a reminder of how little we need in our images to deeply convey a sense of place. I love the message that one can be great without needing to be macho.
Angela Diterlizzi and Brendan Wenzel$7.99 $7.35
This book rhymes and is a fun was to get excited to go outside and look at bugs. The last pages have drawings of lots of bugs and their names (and more impatient parents can skip reading each one). Just wait to watch your child's attention to redirect to the ground the next time you are outside as they look for bugs.
Sophie Blackall$18.99 $17.47
Beautiful Pictures, a story so tender that it might make you tear up and a great excuse to start researching lighthouses... this book is tall and has a last page that folds out. The story conveys the isolation of a light keeper. The story lets you feel the joy of family. Similar to Katy and the Steamshovel, it also conveys the march of innovation and the real time changes those innovations create in the lives of many people.
Ryan Higgins$17.98 $16.54
This series is irreverent and funny and can totally STILL a child. I love the conversations that can be had around the book... where our food comes from, migration, hibernation etc. The book alludes to all of these topics but leaves it up to you to explain. The story in itself is fully whole.
Terry Fan and Eric Fan$17.99 $16.55
This book is super sweet and whimsical and somehow is a nod to something we all may have thought about as a child (how different are fish and birds?). The pictures are out of this world and the story is creative, peaceful and beautiful.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager$17.99 $16.55
This is a book about a unicorn who believes in little girls. This is a book for boys and girls. This is a bright book. This is a fun book. This is a book that also might make you tear up for how touching it is.
Donald Crews$8.99 $8.27
Some may think this book is too simple for a toddler... I do not. There is something about the sparseness of the pictures and story of this book that allows space for the child to imagine and dream about the train's journey.
Mac Barnett and Sarah Jacoby$17.99 $16.55
This book is beautifully illustrated and tells about the struggle and eccentricities of a woman we know to be a children's book master.
Matt Myers$18.99 $17.47
The pictures in this book are so beautiful. The creativity is inspiring (especially to the adult reading this book aloud). I love how the parents pop over to apply sunscreen. I love how any kid can recognize the frustration that comes from too many adults butting in. The connection and understanding at the end might make you tear up for how touching it is.
Tanya Lee Stone and Boris Kulikov$17.99
This is a picture book about Alexander Calder. It is his fascinating biography written by Tanya Lee Stone... the way she wrote it nails that storyline pace that keeps kids hanging on to every word. Boris Kulikov's illustrations are almost eerie and reflect Calder's innovative spirit.
Oliver Jeffers$19.99 $18.39
Oliver Jeffers for the win. I love this book because it can be read with deep detail for older kids or in a VERY simple way for kids just getting the concepts of the earth. Enjoy this book.... also I believe that they are making a move out of it.
Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth$21.99 $20.23
This is a winning collection of poems organized in a way that makes it useful to navigate as you pick it up at random. Poetry is a treasure and this collection captures poems both familiar and some you might not have encountered before.
Parker Curry, Jessica Curry, et al.$17.99 $16.55
I love this book! It is about a visit to the art museum and in the book are images of actual paintings. The book captures the magic of going to the museum with friends and reminds us of how art can change us.