I am a self-proclaimed book fiend. Children's literature holds a special place in my heart - I think it is because my mother is an avid book lover herself and taught me from very early on to love classic, well-written children's literature.
Beautiful, enriching illustrations are just a part of the draw of a wonderful children's story, and so most of the books we review here will have gorgeous drawings.
You will not find any lackluster books on this blog. No vulgar Dora, Spongebob or Disney.
We believe in books that beautify the experience of growing up and learning.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest

The classic story of a sad, perfect stray puppy looking for a home.
The difference about The Dog Who Belonged to No One is the time period - Victorian. Indulging in these illustrations is just about as good as it can get on a dreary Fall day. (On any day, really, this book is not necessarily a Fall book. It just feels that way.)

Lia is a girl whose parents are bakers on the edge of town. The dog with crooked ears finds her and the rest is history.

Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor

Pumpkin Moonshine
One of my absolute favorites. (The piglets too, I promise.) :)
If its Tasha Tudor, you can be pretty positive that I'm going to love it. She's the cream of the crop.

 This is the story of a runaway pumpkin and the trouble it brings to one little girl. But, as with most of my favorite picks, the illustrations are really where its at. They invoke feelings of crisp Autumn days past, full of warm pie and steamy cider.

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Pumpkin Pumpkin is the perfect Autumn read for little ones.
Simple words follow the story of how a pumpkin seed is planted, germinates and grows into a massive pumpkin for little boy, Jamie, to enjoy in the Fall.

This one is good for a little science lesson teaching how things grow. It also has gorgeous, muted illustrations.

Duck Tents by Lynne Berry

I've found a new series to add to our favorites.
I have reviewed Duck Skates here.
Duck Tents is the second I've read of the Duck series by Lynne Berry.

This book features the same adorable illustrations by Hiroe Nakata and the playful rhyming words. Almost like lyrics to a song.

Five mischievous ducks embark on a camping adventure; a perfect story to be read in the Fall months. 

Can I make a confession? My favorite thing about this book has to be the cozy, plaid shirts the ducks are wearing.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom

"Jesse Bear, what will you wear? What will you wear in the morning?"

This book is a favorite in our house. I've been checking it out from the library since Beck was 2 1/2...maybe I should just buy it?
The depiction of sweet Jesse Bear and his ordinary day has a soothing effect on whoever is snuggled up to listen to the story. Maybe its because of the soft rhyming cadence or maybe the homey, cozy illustrations.

One of my absolute favorite toddler/preschooler picks.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pumpkin People by Sandra & Ron Lightburn

I'm not the biggest fan of Halloween and the creepy, ugly things that go with it. I enjoy the candy (of course I do!) and gorgeous children in funny costumes...but halloween decor and scary books about ghosts and goblins are not for me; or the piglets.

But this book is a worthy harvest-time read.

Complete with a little bit of spook - pumpkin people creeping from the corn fields in the dark - and some Fall fun - they gather at a huge bonfire to dance and party - it has just about all you need to get into the spirit of Autumn.

It even gives step-by-step instructions for how to build your own pumpkin people at the end.
Way too much fun.

Duck Skates by Lynne Berry

 Duck Skates is a fun, light-hearted story about five duck friends finding time to frolic in the snow.

Sweet, lyrical rhymes make up the text - which kind of makes it fun for even me to read!

The piglets adore counting the ducks and hats and skates and boots on each page.
My favorite part is the warm fuzzies I get seeing ducks lined in a row by a crackling fire...
Perfect to usher in the winter months ahead.

Treasure Hunt by Allan Ahlberg

Look at this adorable book. This is one you can judge from its cover.

This story follows Tilly, a curious toddler who loves to play seek and find throughout the day. Her breakfast, her stuffed bunny, her pet kitty - all hidden objects to find in the intricate drawings of this book. Gillian Tyler may just be one of my new favorite illustrators.