Smarty’s reading assignment this week was Harry the Dirty Dog. I was originally contemplating a dog theme, but my daughter is not really a dog person. I was intrigued by the entry from My Book Retreat that is participating in a Picture Book Month Celebration by reading books from their own home library. We were a little late getting started, but I have printed a calendar of themes and gave them to Smarty. She was delighted to join the Celebration trying to read as many books from our own library as possible. So here are our favorite picture books from the first 9 days:
We happened to enter the Picture Book Month Celebration on Transportation Day, and we had an absolutely perfect book for it – Cars, Trucks and Things to Go by Richard Scarry. Richard Scarry is one of my favorite picture book artists, and this book is an ultimate in transportation – anything that you could possibly want is there together with a funny story and a look-and-find challenge. I seriously think that anyone with a child under 5 should own this one :)
We have cleared the shelves of our own home library of “concept books” and gave them to friends. However, Smarty wanted to keep ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae, because she really likes the rhymes. Illustrations by David Wojtowycz are very colorful and work well with short poems. We got this book from Tiger Tales some time ago. One word of warning, however – this book is a combination of Commotion in the Ocean and Rumble in the Jungle by the same author. If you don’t have other books by Giles Andreae, definitely get this one – it’s like buy 1, get one free :)
We gave away all toddler books about seasons as well, but I love the picture books that gently incorporate the change of seasons into their story line and illustrations. City Dog, Country Frog is one of these books. It’s written by Mo Willems, but not illustrated by him unlike majority of his other works. It’s a great story even though daughter picked up on its somewhat sad ending. I am glad that we have this book in our library.
Our book for the “gardening” day was Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. I was saving it in my stack of library sale book finds for a possible FIAR unit, but we don’t seem to be able to get back to FIAR mood. The gardening doesn’t even get mentioned until about two thirds into the book, but Smarty really loved the thought of trying to make the world more beautiful. This book is somewhat long and more suitable for 4+ kids.