Picture Book Sunday: I Love You, Blankie! by Sheryl Haft

I Love You, Blankie! by Sheryl Haft and illustrated by Jane Massey (Little, Brown and Company, April 2015) is an adorable board book about a child imagining with a comfort blanket. I never used a comfort blanket myself, but my daughter loves to have a special blankie to snuggle (although she chooses from among a few).The child imagines the blankie is a sail for a boat, a hot air balloon, a cloud, and more. The book has a delightful rhyme to it, and it ends with the child carefully tucked in to bed.Continue Reading

Pigs by Robert Munsch

Pigs by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko (Annick Press, February 2014) is a hilarious look at an escaped pen of pigs. The pigs follow Megan to school, get her in to trouble, and even drive the school bus home.

In the beginning, the Megan’s father warns her not to open the pig pen. She, of course, dares to test the limits, even calling the pigs “dumb.” When the pigs do escape, she has a challenge to get them back in! By the end, she loves the pigs, and defends them against others who insult them by calling them “dumb.”

“They are smarter than you think!” she declares.

My six-year-old son loved this book! His loud laugh prompted us to read it over and over again.

Note: I received a digital review copy. 

El rojo es mejor (Red is Best) by Kathy Stinson and Robin Lewis

El rojo es mejor by Kathy Stinson and Robin Lewis (Spanish translation by Annick Press, February 2014) is a Spanish-translated version of the popular Red is Best, a story about a girl who definitely prefers everything red in her life: her stockings, mittens, and hair ties.

In this story, the girl also gives her reasons for liking her red version: the red stockings let her jump higher, for example. Reading the Spanish version to my kids gave them some new vocabulary. Because of their young ages, however, and the fact that they are not fluent in Spanish, I believe they still preferred the English. I’ll keep trying to get them more familiar with Spanish, as I expose them to more and more stories in Spanish.

My daughter loved the pictures and the story. She can definitely relate to having her favorite things to wear, and she enjoyed pointing to the things for which she too has favorites (her pajamas, her shoes).

I see this book as something that I could use in my teaching! For every claim we make (such as “My red mittens are better”), we must have a reason (such as “my red mittens make better snowballs”). The girl in the story does not really have proof of her reasons, but that adds to the child-ish fun behind it all!

Note: I received a digital review copy of El rojo es mejor.

Cozy Classics: Mark Twain

Are you ready for adorable? Because these two board books definitely fit the bill!

For anyone who has read my blog for any length of time, you will know that I absolutely love reading the classics. So why not read and enjoy a board book version of some classics?

Cozy Classics: Tom Sawyer and Cozy Classics: Huckleberry Finn by Jack and Holman Wang (Simply Read Books, May 2014) are board book “versions” of the stories illustrated with felt art dolls. Each page has a single word or phrase, such as  or  and the artwork illustrates a scene from the book itself.Continue Reading