My kids (aged 2 and 4) love reading, and as we are big fans of our library, and visit it nearly every week, we borrow several hundred books a year!
Here are some of our favourites last year.
The kids continue to love Mo Willems’ Piggie and Gerald stories. And last year, we discovered Cynthia Rylant’s Mr Putter and Tabby, a series about an old man and his old cat, and their neighbours Mrs Teaberry and her dog Zeke. It’s about ordinary things like taking a train or making soup or walking the dog, but has some funny bits and it’s just good old fun. Also, because boys will be boys, we read Thomas books nearly every day. And there are plenty of Cars (as in Pixar Cars) books too.
The Pout-Pout Fish
We loved it so much we’ve read all the Pout-pout fish books so far.
Good night, Gorilla – Peggy Rathmann
The best part, as the kids say, is in the dark.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas – Karma Wilson
Bear’s friends make him stay up for Christmas by decorating a tree, baking and more.
Noni the Pony goes to the beach – Alison Lester
Gentle simple rhymes and delightful illustrations
The fantastic flying books of Mr Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Joe Bluhm
A must for a booklover!
Wandering whale sharks Susumu Shingu ; translators: Ann B. Cary and Yasuko Shingu
A muted palate of blues, whites and blacks add to this non-fiction picture book about whale sharks
Mr. Postmouse’s rounds – Marianne Dubuc
Darling illustrations of animals’ homes, and a postmouse who has to deliver their mail
One Cool Friend – Toni Buzzeo; David Small
So many things work great in this book – the penguins, the very proper young boy and his father, that surprise ending. I wasn’t sure if the kids would find it as delightful but they asked for it again and again.
Pizza – Frank Asch
My two-year-old asks for this book nearly every night. Needless to say, he loves pizza.
My Humongous Hamster goes to school – Lorna Freytag
This one was the older boy’s favourite. He likes hamsters and thought it was hilarious.
Magritte’s Marvelous Hat – DB Johnson
You might know some of the famous paintings by Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte, but even if you don’t, this picture book will surely inspire you to see things differently.
Little Owl Lost – Chris Haughton
It’s a simple story. A baby owl falls from his nest and looks for his mummy, with the earnest help of Squirrel who doesn’t quite get things right. Love the bold illustrations!
Stick Man – Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheppler
Ok so I’m starting to love Julia Donaldson’s books. Great illustrations and fantastic rhymes, and that bit of whimsy, whether it’s Tabby McTat or Highway Rat. Although oddly, we have yet to read The Gruffalo. Must amend that.
“I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’M STICK MAN, that’s me!”
There are plenty more books that I could have highlighted that I think I will have to get my act together and do a proper round-up each month of the best kids’ books we read.
What were some of your favorite picture books of last year?