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!
Have you ever been in a bad moooood? Mootilda is a wide-eyed cow that wakes up on the wrong side of the barn. She stumbles from one cow-tastrophe to another. With perfect rhyme and packed with terri-bull-y funny puns, Mootilda’s Bad Mood is sure to lift anyone’s melan-cow-ly mood.
Henry is a perfectly happy dog, until a little bunny named Boo shows up while he is drinking tea and doesn’t leave. While he is annoying, having Boo around might end up being a very good thing for Henry. The child-like illustrations in Henry and Boo, bring a funny story to life with a great message about friendship. We hope you enjoy learning more about the author, Megan Brewis in our interview this month. Henry and Boo is her debut picture book.
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.
Sharing what you have with others is an idea children should learn early. This theme is at the heart of Chris Saunders’s magical debut picture book, Wish. Constructed in imaginative verses and depicted with soft, dreamy illustrations, it’s a book that all young children will love. Wishes appear as little, bright circles. Fox is lucky enough to have found 3 wishes so he asks his friends, Mouse, Fox and Bear, what he should wish for. When they each share their deepest wish, it makes deciding what to wish for even harder.
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.