It has been and incredibly busy summer! Time has flown, and I’ve neglected the blog for too long. So I thought it was about time for another picture books post. I read a fairly large stack each week, and I always come away with a few new favorites.
So here are a few favorites from the stacks of books I’ve read in recent weeks. I hope you will take the time to read and enjoy them, and maybe even share them at your storytimes or with your patrons.
- What a Beautiful Morning, by Arthur A. Levine: When a young boy’s grandpa begins to act unlike his usual, cheerful self, the boy has to learn how to cope with the change. This is a very touching picture book about a grandparent struggling with Alzheimer’s and the potential effects it could have on a grandchild. I would recommend it to any family facing a similar struggle.
- The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, by Michelle Cuevas: I picked up this book because it was illustrated by Erin E. Stead. I love her illustrations, and I tend to enjoy the projects she is involved in. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles is about loneliness and seeking out a place to belong, as well as people to belong with. It’s lovely. Please read it.
- The Journey, by Francesca Sanna: This beautiful book captures the journey many refugees take when fleeing their home to find a safer place to live. The most moving aspect of the story is that it’s told from the perspective of a child.
- The Branch, by Mireille Messier: I enjoyed this book immensely. I love the idea of taking something old and broken and making it new again. It’s an important lesson for children to learn and for adults to relearn. When living in a throw-away society, it’s nice to see a story about restoration.
- A Child of Books, by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston: “I am a child of books. I come from the world of stories,” is the opening line to the new book from Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston. It’s a wonderful story about the way in which books inspire us and spark our imaginations. It’s about holding onto a little bit of your childhood curiosity and sense of adventure.
That’s all for now. Happy reading!