My middle son requested a “Pigeon Party” for his 6 year old celebration this year. #competingforfavoritechild.
If you aren’t yet familiar with Mo Willems and the Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus book series, correct that oversight immediately. His Elephant and Piggie books are equally charming, funny essential reading.
And since I’m a big believer that good books make good readers, I wanted to share some of our other favorite children’s picture books. And I expect you to share your favorites in the comments. 😉
2. Charlotte The Scientist Finds a Cure by Camille Andros: The author of Charlotte The Scientist is Squished and The Girl And The Dress, just released her newest title. Can we raise both hands in favor of encouraging kindness, bravery, and STEM skills in girls?
3. When Charley met Emma by Amy Webb
Different isn’t bad, sad, or strange–different is just different, and different is ok. I think this title is a must read for all libraries. Acting kindly around people different than ourselves isn’t always intuitive and this book gives such a simple, beautiful formula.
6. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman: this story of a wolf being adopted by a family of bunnies addressed real issues in a hilarious and earnest way that our blended biological/adopted family could relate to.
7. Hug Machine by Scott Campbell: This sweet and simple narrative is a favorite of our cuddly toddler. Following our first reading, he began showing us his “affection” buttons – hug button, kiss button, love button. Beautiful illustrations and a few great one liners.
8. Lady Pancake Sir French Toast by Josh Funk: This action-packed rhyme follows the adventures of two breakfast characters in search of the last drop of maple syrup. Fun to read with playful, fun illustrations.
10. Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
This title resonated with our family of budding perfectionists ;). I love how each “mistake” took the art in a new and exciting direction. It’s a life lesson in turning “blunders into wonders.”
Ok, you have our top 10. What is constantly getting picked off your book shelves?