Monday, September 19, 2011

Cute Kid Books

This morning I was repairing a favorite picture book and thought, "I love this story so much I should recommend it on my blog."  Not that you asked, but here are my top three children's books at the moment.

favorite books
Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie written and illustrated by Laura Rankin is one of my favorite kids' books.  The story is brilliantly written from start to finish, with details added that only parents or people who like good writing would notice.  The illustrations are darling and the plot line teaches such a great lesson, not just on telling the truth.  I love the way she depicts the parents - lovingly getting to the heart of the issue and encouraging their child to do the right thing, even when it requires great courage.  We bought it at the school book fair and it was worth every penny of the $3.99 that we spent.

Another favorite is Falling for Rapunzel written by Leah Wilcox (a Central Oregon native) and illustrated by Lydia Monks.  Hilariously funny and so cleverly written, it's a great spin on the classic fairy tale.  The illustrations are a really cool mix of different art forms that are a hit with the kids.  I lost track of how many copies of this book we've purchased and given as gifts.

Finally, a new favorite that we also scored at the school book fair is Memoirs of a Goldfish written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers.  There is no moral or redeeming point of this story.  It's just funny writing and funny pictures and our whole family loves it.

Honorable mention goes to:

  •  If I Built A Car written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.  Any parent of a child who likes to build and imagine will love this story.  
  • All the Skippyjon Jones books written and illustrated by Judy Schachner.  They are annoyingly difficult for parents to read, but the kids flat out love them.  It's one of the first books they pick from the pile.
  • Any of the Bear books written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman.  The first one we bought was Bear Snores On, but all of them have darling stories of friendship with equally darling illustrations.
Happy reading!

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