We’re in a bit of a throwback stage with our picture books at the moment. Faye’s been delighting in the vintage selections on the shelf in her room, with special preference given to the very longest books she can find. Silas adores anything where he gets to snuggle in between us all and make googly eyes at his big sister. In case you’re looking for good stories to read, here’s what bedtime selections in our house have looked like lately.
(As always, we buy almost all of our books in local shops—Greenlight Bookstore, Community Bookstore, and Stories Bookshop are favorites. I’ve provided links to where you can find these titles online or in your own neighborhood bookstores.*)
Miss Rumphius (Amazon/Indiebound): One of my very favorites from my own childhood, I introduced this to Faye 100% so I could gawk at the illustrations of Maine islands covered in lupines. Happily, she’s as entranced as I am. (This is of no consequence to Faye for the moment, but a sweet sentimental note is that author and illustrator Barbara Cooney, who I was lucky enough to meet as a child, was born just a few blocks away from where we live in Brooklyn. Heroines abound.)
One Morning in Maine (Amazon/Indiebound): Sal of blueberry fame grows up and gets a little sister and a loose tooth. I adore this book, which follows curious Sal on adventures with her dad and sister, Jane. Wishes on teeth and feathers and spark plugs ensue and finish with chocolate ice cream and clam chowder for lunch.
Triangle (Amazon/Indiebound): Faye can’t ever get enough of Jon Klassen’s side-eye giving characters and this newest collaboration with Mac Barnett doesn’t disappoint. (Entirely unrelated: the end pages are the very perfect shade of aqua.)
An Alphabet in Bloom (Amazon/Indiebound): Kiddos (and their parents) have lots of opportunities to hunt for alliterative words in this creative take on an alphabet book. Richly colored illustrations center around a garden theme (and there’s a merciful cheatsheet in the back in case you don’t catch all of the words hidden in the pages).
Where the Wild Things Are (Amazon/Indiebound): This book needs no introduction. The first five times that we read this book (all in one night, mind you), I could tell the monsters made Faye a little nervous. But she recently whizzed by me on a borrowed scooter proclaiming, “I’m going to where the Wild Things are! Gonna find the lion!” I think it’s safe to say she’s conquered her fears.
The Friend Ship (Amazon/Indiebound: Lonely little hedgehog gets a whole crew of friends as she sets out to find the elusive friend ship. Good inspiration to be more like hedgehog and lots of beautiful illustrations to delight in along the way.
The Littlest Family’s Big Day: (Amazon/Indiebound): This book feels like Little Fur Family (another perennial favorite) for the 21st century. The illustrations and words by Emily Winfield Martin are characteristically sweet and the fold-out page in the back wins every time.
What about you guys? Any favorites in your rotation lately?
*I received review copies of Triangle and An Alphabet in Bloom; all opinions and enthusiasm very much my own.