A big pile of books to share this time! Here we go…
Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko, illustrated by Dan Santat.
Nicholas, afraid of the dark, has a little toy dinosaur that gives him strength. He sees his dad as brave and bigger than life. When the dino goes missing, his confidence is gone, until Dad helps him find it and lets him know it is ok to have the dino as a helper. Santat’s signature illustrations fit just right with the story, and looking for a dinosaur on every page will be a fun task for young readers. Delightful choice for Father’s Day!
We’re all wonders by R.J. Palacio
What does it mean to be different? Here’s a book that celebrates the ordinary and the extra-ordinary. We ARE all wonders, indeed. A simple-to-read book that asks the reader to look with kindness, and see what they can see. Nice pairing with Happy Dreamer (see below).
I lost my sock! : a matching mystery / by P.J. Roberts
Need a quick book with rhymes and matching for your next storytime? This one is not terribly original, but it is fun, and storytime kids will likely be in on the joke well before Fox is.
I am (not) Scared by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant
These bear-like creatures are back (You are (not) Small)— and this time, they show us differing perspectives on what is scary, and what is not. A fun choice for storytime or for opening a discussion on what is scary.
Up!: How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones / by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Ashley Barton
Upsy-daisy baby! How do babies get carried? In a sling, in a parka, on a hip, in a pack – diverse families from around the world show the young reader that all babies get carried by those who love and care for them. Cut-paper collage illustration fit the tone nicely. Good for toddler storytimes and one-on-one exploration.
Places to Be by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Renata Liwska
This book has such wondrous vocabulary, in a simple setting: beastly, vibrant, brave, sneaky, acrobatic – and the illustrations, made with “brush and ink and digital hocus-pocus” take those words to a new level. Two little bear siblings take us through a range of activities, emotions, and places. A winner for quiet storytimes, bedtime, or sharing in a small setting.
Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds
Do you know a child who always seems to have their head in the clouds? Who sees things in their own way? Who daydreams, creates, and plays? This book helps to remind us that there are many kids of dreamers, and there’s nothing wrong with dreaming. Reynolds’ cartoon-style drawings help the dreamers leap off the page, and soar to their own tunes. Full of great vocabulary and plenty to dream about.
The People of the Sea by Donald Uluadluak, illustrated by Mike Motz
This story, based on an Inuit legend and told by an Inuit storyteller, is a great addition to First Nations studies. The story feels very much like a storyteller sitting right there with you telling the tale, and the illustrations help to put the story in the setting. There is plenty of extra information about the teller and the book includes a pronunciation guide, making this an excellent mentor text for writing a personal tale.