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.
Autumn is here, and the season of crunchy leaves on the sidewalk, mugs of warm apple cider, and pumpkin patch visits is upon us! One of the best ways to celebrate as the weather gets chilly and the leaves begin to turn is to snuggle up with a good book. We’ve compiled our list of the very best children’s books about fall that will get you in the spirit for fall festivities.
The Last Hazelnut by Susanna Isern follows the friendship of two characters who have a misunderstanding about who ate the last hazelnut! A playful and engaging book with colorful, folklore-inspired illustrations by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, this appealing story encourages problem solving and self-awareness. It is a perfect read for encouraging children and to think about how individuals can overcome a disagreement and make amends.
It’s never too early to teach your kids about the joys of discovering nature! Connecting with the natural world is a wonderful way to help your littles learn and grow. Here are some of our favorite books for little readers that will encourage them to act as stewards of the environment, teach them about the cycles of life, and inspire them to explore the great outdoors.
Bianca Schulze has written a wonderful, interactive story, perfect for reading at bedtime. Don’t Wake the Dragon puts your little one in charge of making sure the dragon stays asleep through all the craziness at the castle. They can bang on an illustrated drum, knock on imaginary doors, and shush their way through a party, but also gently rock the book from side to side as they sing the dragon a lullaby to make sure he stays asleep.
We’ve compiled our list of the best board books for baby showers that will help babies learn and grow and— most importantly— will help you share the priceless gift of stories with the precious new addition in your life.