My son and I have a little tradition going where I bring home a big bag of books from our school library on Fridays, and we read as many as we can before falling asleep at our little sleepover in the big bed, while Daddy is out playing hockey.
It’s really come to be my favourite day of the week. Choosing a bunch of picture books at work to try out, picking up the ones that have always intrigued me but I haven’t had time to read, and bringing home the brand new ones to test them out on my discerning little reader. I always grab a few non-fiction picks as well, and we have found some real gems in the past few weeks.
I know it’ s my job to love the library, but I honestly feel a little leap of joy when I step into a library. It’s just filled with possiblility, and borrowing books keeps reading time fresh and fun at our house. Don’t get me wrong, I like to buy books too, but I tend to only buy books once we have tested them out from the library first. I would say among the 10-15 books I bring home each week, there may only be 2-3 standouts that Hunter will request to read again over the weekend. The other books are good for one reading, but not interesting or engaging enough to merit a second read.
Here are a few that we have read quite a few times lately:
1. Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Sciescka, illustrated by Lane Smith – Jon Sciescka is absolutely hilarious. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Squids will be Squids are two books that I share with my Grade 3 students when they study fairy tales and they are the perfect books where both children and adults alike find them funny. In this tale, Baloney, a little alien boy, crafts a tall tale to explain why he is late to school. It’s so fun to read aloud, and introduces a bunch of great words from different languages.
2. Wild by Emily Hughes – this gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of a feral child who learns everything she knows from her animal friends, until a pair of hunters capture her. It has a beautiful ending and I think it might be on Scarlett’s birthday list this year!
3. Don’t Say That Word! by Alan Katz – this is a classic little toilet humour book that Hunter could not get enough of. Told in rhyme with a quirky little boy in the illustrations, it’s one that is very very well-circulated in our library.
4. And then it’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead – This beautifully illustrated book resonates with us right now as we wait for spring. The prose is almost poetic, and the animals’ antics on each page captured Hunter’s attention. I could read this one over and over and not get tired of it. We also love A Sick Day for Amos McGee by the same illustrator (Stead)
5. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins – Steve Jenkins is a go-to for awesome non-fiction books. They are perfect for the preschooler set with their beautiful illustrations and simple tidbits of information. We’ve also enjoyed Life Size Zoo, Time to Eat, Time to Sleep, Time for a Bath, Prehistoric Actual Size….this guy can do no wrong! Check out one of his amazing books at your library soon!
I hope you will add these to your library list, and read them with your kids soon. If you would like to follow my kidlit book reviews, I’d love to have you follow me on Goodreads!