My Best Friend is a picture book preschoolers will want to read again and again. Its quirky and somewhat dark humor is unlike most other children’s books and the reason we fell in love with it. What’s not to like about Mouse telling everyone about his best friend, Giant Owl, who may or may not be trying to eat him! The illustrations are wonderful and tell a very different reality than the story we hear from Mouse about his best friend, Giant Owl. Whether the two “friends” are playing chase, eating donuts (fattening up!), or building a house (cage!), the story is unpredictable. The obviousness of Mouse to the true motives of Giant Owl, is touching. We hope you enjoy our interview with Rob Hodgson, an author/illustrator we should all keep our eyes on.
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“How to Catch A Dinosaur” by Adam Wallace is a wonderful, rhyming tale about a little boy and his diverse group of friends as they try to win their science fair by catching a dinosaur. With bright illustrations, the story comes alive as the children set traps throughout the school. These traps get more and more elaborate as the story unfolds.
Everyone wants to feel special, right? Gerald is a little, orange fish that wants to be noticed in a school of lots of little orange fish. He is so fed up that one day he decides to set out all by himself across the perilous ocean. Find out what happens when he meets a colony of blue fish that have never seen anything like Gerald before! Joshua George’s wonderful and beautifully illustrated picture book, “Tiny Whale: A Fishy Tale” tackles some complex ideas like individuality, perseverance, leadership and respect at a level children can understand. It’s a book meant to be read and discussed together.
Blieka is a cute, floppy-eared bunny that just received a new present: A Big Red Ball! It goes everywhere with Blieka, but what happens when a friend asks to borrow it? The response, “It’s not yours, it’s MINE!” Does this sound familiar? Susanna Moores tackles the idea of sharing and friendship in her debut picture book, It’s Not Yours, It’s Mine!. As both the author and illustrator, Susanna is able to bring Blieka and his feelings to life. You can actually “see” how hard it is to share with her wonderful illustrations.
Black children— especially Black boys— have been underrepresented in and omitted from children’s books historically and today. We’ve compiled a list of children’s books by Black authors and illustrators that celebrate the perseverance, achievement, and empowerment of African Americans. These wonderful stories center Black narratives, affirm Black joy, and make great picks for young readers.
At 5-6 years old kids begin to recognize words and interact more with the stories they are reading. Learn more about their developmental milestone.
Reading is a great way to teach kids about the wonderful world around them, so what better way to introduce your child to everything beyond this world than with some awesome books about space? We’ve compiled a list of the best children’s books about space to teach your child about the solar system, astronomy, and space travel.
It’s a great find when you stumble across a book that MUST be read aloud to young children. We were so happy when “The Snatchabook” crossed our desk. Written by Helen Docherty, and illustrated by her husband, Thomas Docherty, “The Snatchabook”‘s rhyming text and beautiful watercolor characters is a must for your home library. It’s bedtime in Burrow Down and the woodland animals are ready for their bedtime story, but books are mysteriously disappearing. Wide-eyed, little bunny, Eliza Brown, decides to stay awake and catch the book thief herself. It turns out the books are being taken by a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. There’s a happy ending to this sweet tale which is all about books and the joy of reading!
When children discover a book that they love and want to read it over and over, not only is a memory being made, a life skill is being nurtured. Gifting children books for the holidays is the special treat that keeps on giving. To make the present even more special, consider including an inscription that reminds the young readers why the book, the experience or even that particular holiday season is something worth remembering.
Thing leads a simple life with his friends Cactus and Moose. But this wonderful, imaginary world gets shaken up when another Thing is spied through a telescope. Thing is anxious about what will happen when they meet. He even convinces himself the other Thing is dangerous and untrustworthy. The idiosyncratic illustrations bring a beautiful story to life with a great message about individuality, friendship, and not jumping to conclusions. There are plenty of potential friends out there if we just have an open mind and open heart.
The challenge of meeting a new friend reaches new heights in David Teague’s picture book, The Red Hat. David is a well-known author, professor, and children’s advocate in the Delaware community. We were delighted to have a chance to interview him as our August Author of the Month. His story about a lonely little boy who does everything he can to meet a little girl that just moved into the new building next door will surely capture the attention of little ones.
Everyone loves discovering new things about the world around us, but sometimes, it can be great to dive into a world of imagination. We have compiled a list of 25 great fantasy books for preschoolers for you to read with your child. Some explore the power of imagination and magic in our own world, while others transport you to a completely different world full of mythical creatures. Some will feel relatable, while others will stretch your imagination. All of them, however, offer something special to your child, their development, and your storytimes shared together.
Reading books and discovering new facts about different animals can be extremely exciting for children. We have compiled a list of 20 wonderful children’s books about dogs for you and your child to explore together. A mix of comedies, heartwarming tales, and educational adventures, each of these picture and board books offers the perfect opportunity for you and your child to snuggle up and learn more about man’s best friend.
Now that summer is in full swing, we wanted to share our list of the 25 Best Children’s Books about Summer. Summertime is such a great time to get reading! Not being in school, your children have more free time to explore reading and fall in love with books. Reading during the summer can help them discover new favorite books, explore different genres to discover what kinds of books they like to read, and to stay on-track for the next school year.
Sometimes the world can seem perplexing, confusing, even daunting when seen through the eyes of a child. Things happening in their lives can be confusing, anxiety-provoking, and uncertain. This is an area where books and story-telling can be powerful tools. Not only might reading a story take you to a completely different world and fill the day with wonderful smiles and memories, but it also might be a useful tool for inspiring courage, perseverance, and bravery in tough situations.
Julia Patton is our May Author of the Month. Her creative journey began when she was very small after receiving an enormous cardboard box for her birthday overflowing with art materials from a dear aunt. She continued her creative pathway studying MA in Illustration from Edinburgh University where she discovered and fell in love with picture books, an intoxicating world where pictures and words collide.
With so many kids spending more time at home for their (and our) well being, it’s important to find activities to entertain and engage them. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of fifteen activities you can do at home to pass the time. Some are old favorites while others may provide unique and unusual new suggestions.
Friendship makes the world go around! We’ve created this list of the 20 Best Children’s Books about Friendship because books are a great way to introduce different concepts about friendship. It’s so important for your child’s social development that you talk with them about friendship. This might include what it means to be a friend, how to show a friend that you care, what forms friendships can take, and what to do when a friend stops being a good friend.
Here are Elephant Books, we are always on a search for the best children’s books out there. We thought we’d share some of our favorites by compiling a list of the 20 Best Board Books for Toddlers. Reading from a young age is so important, and finding engaging and educational books for your child can be difficult. So for this list, we chose some fantastic books that not only excite and entertain but also support your child’s development and encourage a love of reading. Focusing on topics ranging from colors to landmarks to Christmas, each of these books offers something special and enjoyable for your young reader.
Sitting down to read a book is always a fantastic way to bond with your child. Cozying up and experiencing a story together creates wonderful memories for both of you. This holiday season, take advantage of that little extra bit of free time and the cold weather outside to snuggle up and read with your child. Of course, anything you read will be beneficial and entertaining. But to get your child excited about the upcoming holiday season, try reading something festive!
As Elephant Books enters its second year, it’s sometimes fun to look back at some of the things we wrote and talked about earlier on as a company. One of our favorites is a short piece we wrote for the holiday season in 2017. Part a reflection on the nature of the holidays in general, part a love letter to the idea of books as very special gifts, this short piece sums up both our philosophy on books as gifts and our love of them at this time of year. We hope you enjoy reading or re-reading as the case may be!
The holiday season is all about giving. From home-baked goods to something that’s long been on someone’s wishlist, a thoughtful gift shows a loved one just how much you care. But picking out the perfect gift isn’t something special for just adults to do–kids love giving gifts too! Get your children and their friends in the gift-giving spirit by encouraging them to think of caring gifts to give to one another. They will have so much fun brainstorming what their siblings or friends might appreciate and making that vision come to life!
Here at Elephant Books we pride ourselves in our focus on new and undiscovered reading treasures rather than the usual classics. Nonetheless we recognize and appreciate unique baby books of all kinds…be they baby’s first board book, memory books, naming guides, or baby journals. They all have a place, and we’re privileged to come across many such unique baby book finds in our explorations.
Encouraging children to read and appreciate books is one of the greatest gifts you can give in terms of accelerating development and inspiring life-long learning. Children who are read to regularly have a proven leg up when they start school, and studies have shown that the number of books in a child’s home has a direct correlation on their educational advancement and future earning potential. But how do you make reading both fun and engaging?
Quackers is a duck. But with whiskers and paws, he doesn’t look like all the other ducks. That’s okay! One day he meets another duck that looks just like him, but calls himself a cat. Children will appreciate this dilemma and its silliness, yet understand that you and your friends don’t all have to look the same. We can stand out and fit in all at the same time. Liz Wong brings to life a loveable character with simple but delightful illustrations in her debut picture book, Quackers. We were fortunate to sit down with her and find out more about Quackers and what’s behind this humorous story with a much deeper meaning for your entire family.
Books are an increasingly popular choice for baby shower gifts. It’s not hard to see why: they’re educational, they encourage quality bonding time, they’re enduring, they get used over and over, and, as any parent can tell you who’s trying to get a baby or toddler to sleep will tell you, you can never have too many! But what do you write in a baby shower book to make it stand out, to make your gift truly special?