There's been a lot of reading this winter. Cozied up next to the fire book in lap.... watching it snow, snow, snow. As I decluttered our library area a few weeks back, I found myself reading several favorite picture books. We've acquired quite the collection over these 18+(gulp) years of parenting. I was reminded that I've been wanting to pull together a regular list of good picture books. Both from our own shelves and the always heavy library bag.
Here are two recent library favorites.....
The first book is Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads written by Bob Shea and illustrated by Lane Smith. We love this because it's FUNNY! The story is about some bad guys aka "the terrible toads" who are a bit cheeky and "steal your gold, kiss your cattle, and insult your chili". Then Hope rides in on a turtle. Slowly. And while he doesn't seem to know a lot about crime fighting, he does know a lot about dinosaurs. You'll have to read it to see if he saves the day..... and I'm pretty sure you'll get a lot of giggles too.
You got a bonus cute dog picture in there. That's the face she makes when I say the words "dog food".
The second book is Julia's House for Lost Creatures, written & illustrated by Ben Hatke. I LOVED this book. Julia moves into town and things are too quiet for her. So she puts up a sign to welcome lost creatures. All sorts of fun and unusual creatures begin to show up. The house gets loud and full.... and things get a little chaotic. And messy. (does this sound familiar to anyone else?) Julia has to figure out how everyone can work together...... It's a really sweet story with magical illustrations.
Enjoy. (and feel free to leave your own current favorite)