A Satisfying Smörgåsbord of Picture Book Choices

It's nice to have options; in fact, I think that one could say that it's actually quite satisfying. So, this week, I am highlighting a little bit of everything.  Have you read a book lately that you really enjoyed?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Like others, I have found some of my favorite books from suggestions made by my friends. 

It's a Firefly Night  Betsy Snyder

"One, two, three, four, five. My jar's like a light bulb that's just come alive." The lilting verses in this concept book chronicle a girl's capture and release of ten fireflies. Kid-readers will count up and down along with the song-like text. Interesting information about fireflies is included in the book's final spread, adding a touch of accessible nonfiction to this charming not-just-for-bedtime offering.

  It's Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! Warren Hanson 

The weekly routine of Mrs. Jolly Bones is far from typical but tons of fun "It s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones, there s laundry to be done." "So gather up the dirty clothes and sort them one by one." "Wash them, dry them, iron them, and fold them nice and neat " "Then fling them out the window so they brighten up the street " Mrs. Jolly Bones has a "very" busy week ahead of her and a "very" unique style of doing her chores. Each day of the week brings a new thing to do. But with the help of her animal roommates, she ll grocery shop, clean house, and garden, getting everything done just in time for a wrestling match with her best gal pals From bestselling picture book creators Warren Hanson and Tricia Tusa, here is a days-of-the-week story like "no" other.

 I'm Not Reading!  Jonathan Allen.

The adorable, Baby Owl from   I'm Not Sleepy! is back! This time, he has a beloved book in hand and he's eager to begin. But then along comes Tiny Chick, who begs Baby Owl to read to him. Before you can say "once upon a time," they're joined by a crowd: Tiny Chick's brothers and sisters and cousins and friends all want a story, too. Soon Baby Owl is smothered by lots of fluffy chicks. How can he EVER read?

 

 Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion.

What do children and adults love in equal measure? Food! And what food inspires rapture in the hearts of children and adults alike? Pizza! Have your children ever asked where pizza comes from? Who invented the Pizza Mar­gherita? How did anyone think of combining such scrumptious ingredients as mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and fresh-baked bread? Thanks to Pizza in Pienza, you and your young charges will have all the answers, in English and Italian, including a recipe for homemade pizza. Here is the essential history of pizza, told by a charming Italian girl who lives in Pienza and whose favorite food is . . . well, you can guess it , pizza!

 Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School  by Candlewick Press Staff 

Peppa Pig is back! Get ready to join in on two new adventures starring the beloved, award-winning U.K. sensation. Peppa is having a busy day at school, learning numbers and letters, painting, making music, and playing outside. Peppa can't wait for Special Talent time, but her excitement turns to worry when all three of her special talents are chosen by others! Luckily, Peppa can revert to her true specialty: jumping in muddy puddles!

 The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!  Scott Magoon.

A classic tale with a timeless message gets a hugely hilarious twist. He s big. He s funny. He s not real. "Or IS he?" This clever twist on The Boy Who Cried Wolf is told from the point of view of an unexpected narrator and, through snappy text and lighthearted illustrations, demonstrates the value of telling the truth, the importance of establishing trust, and (of course ) the possibility that a beast you created to get attention can become a real-life friend.

 The Happy Owls  Celestino Piatti.

Originally published in 1964, it is being reissued, a testament to Piatti's distinctive artwork. He is particularly known for his innovative use of fonts.

Why are these owls so happy? That's just what the chickens, ducks, and geese want to know. But when they send a peacock over to find out why, they're incredulous at reply. How could anyone be happy simply to see the rain and sunshine? What could be so joyful about the flowers and butterflies? Celestino Piatti's lovely story is a powerful testimony to seeing the beauty in our world and standing apart from the crowd. As Piatti once said, "You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret".

 Ten Things I Love about You Daniel Kirk

Rabbit makes a list of the things he loves about Pig, but needs Pig's help deciding what to write.