It’s been awhile since I put together an update of what books have been monopolizing bedtime at our house lately. Except that’s not totally accurate. These are books that have been monopolizing morningtime, naptime, bedtime, anytime. Faye’s up for a snuggle with a book at just about time of day and these are some of her current favorites.
As always, we buy almost all of our books in local shops—BookCourt, Greenlight Bookstore, and the new and very lovely Stories Bookshop are favorites—but I’ve also provided links where you can find these titles online.* Here goes:
Du Iz Tak? (IndieBound) This totally delightful and very beautiful book by Carson Ellis is one of our very favorites lately. Written entirely in an imagined bug language, and filled with detailed illustrations, Faye has enthusiastically embraced the project of translating and pointing out the progression of the snail across the bottom of the page (among other things.) (The ladybug inspired her Halloween costume.)
Amos and Boris (IndieBound) An old standby by William Steig. This book was written with a slightly older age group in mind, so there are some passages that sometimes need abbreviating for a two-year-old’s attention span, but Faye loves following this story of mouse and whale friends, Amos and Boris, replete with an enthusiastic dramatization of what happens when poor Amos gets thrown overboard…
We Found a Hat (IndieBound) Third in Jon Klassen’s series of hat books, this book follows a pair of turtles who discover a hat and ultimately decide not to let the hat get in the way of their friendship. A book to make a minimalist’s heart go pitter-pat if ever there was one.
Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt (IndieBound) A seasonal tale of a grandmother gardening with her grandchild, this book borders on science-y in the best kind of way for small kids.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn (IndieBound) Another trip through the seasons, this book tracks the change from summer to autumn with vivid illustrations and sweet prose.
The Paperbag Princess (IndieBound) This was one of my favorite books growing up. A very good book for teaching kiddos that princesses are clever and cunning and not at all in need of a prince.
Peace is an Offering (IndieBound) This lesson in compassion and caring is so sweet and simple and such a welcome reminder for adults and kids, especially during a time when peace feels especially necessary.
What about you guys? Any favorites lately?
*I received review copies of Du Iz Tak and We Found a Hat from Candlewick Press; all opinions and enthusiasm very much my own.