So the holidays are upon us and I know I’m always looking for new books to give the girls. We get most of our books at the library book sales, but I do like to buy a few new ones for special occasions, like Christmas. I thought I would share some of our favorite books and authors.
First up, Karen Katz, who has written and illustrated oodles of board, lift the flap style books. The pictures are bright and colorful and both girls love to lift all the flaps. She also has a few picture books that we love. If I see any of her books at a yard sale or the library book sale I always buy them. The stories are simple and fun for the littlest of readers. Here are two of our favorites.
Another option for the youngest readers is board books written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli. Again, the illustrations are bright, colorful and simple, perfect for little ones. The stories are simple and tend to revolve around teaching opposites or an activity.
We of course love Eric Carle. I think overall the favorite is From Head to Toe. The girls love to act out the motions that the different animals make. Greta will sit and read it to Eloise and show her exactly what to do, it just makes me smile.
Another favorite author/illustrator is Mo Willems. He has written a couple of different series and we love them all, but especially the Elephant and Piggie series. We also love the Pigeon books and of course Knuffle Bunny. The Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie series are both good for relatively young children. Eloise will mostly sit for them (depends on her mood) and Greta loves them. They are funny and cute, and Matt and I enjoy them just as much as the girls. The illustrations are simple, but fun, and read almost like a comic book.
Another author/illustrator we all really enjoy is Kevin Henkes. He has books that are good for young readers, and also for the preschool set. One of the first we read a few years ago, was Kitten’s First Full Moon, which was a Caldecott winning book. The illustrations are always beautiful, whether they are black and white or color. There are books about animals and then a series of mouse books, in which different mice experience different things in life (i.e. disliking their name, losing their special blanket, etc.). There are literally dozens of books by Henkes and we have loved nearly all of them.
A very recent addition that I particularly love is People by Peter Spier. This is of course a much older book, but one I had forgotten about. It tells about all the different people around the world and how we are the same and different. I love all the illustrations and details to help teach the girls all about different kinds of people around the world, especially since we live in a very un-diverse area. I’m excited to check out some of his other books as well.
Another recent addition to our list is Press Here by Herve Tullet. A friend recently gave this book to the girls. Eloise especially loves it and has taken to keeping in her room so she gets to read it every night. It is quite a different kind of book. It asks the child to press the dots, blow on the pages, and shake the book. Tullet has written oodles of books and they all appear to be unique. I can’t wait to try out some of the other ones.
These are just a few of our favorite books. There are plenty more than I can’t think of and I’m sure we will continue to add to the list. Since it is the season of giving I thought I would give a book away. So all you have to do is leave a comment with one of you or your children’s favorite children’s books. The winner will get to pick any book (or another book by an author I mentioned) mentioned in this post that is $15 or less and available from Amazon. I’ll order it right up and it should ship 2-day shipping, as long as it is available for the book you chose. Make sure to leave a valid email address when submitting your comment (no one else can see your email). I’ll pick the winner next Tuesday, December 6, 2011, around 3 pm Eastern time.
**Winner is Amy of Maker Mama
P.S. The links in this post are amazon affiliate links and so if you buy a book through the link I get a teeny tiny amount of money. I am, however, buying the give away book with my own money 🙂