No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou by Rhonda Cowler Greene, illustrated by Brian Ajhar
I already listed this as one of our best-of-the-year books, but it had never made it into a monthly post. Often my children don’t agree on books – one will love a title more than the other, so when I find a book that they both adore it tends to stay in the reading rotation a lot longer. “Library Lou” is one that both of them ask for regularly. They love the story, and they love the illustrations. My son loves picking out words he can read from the text too.
Pirates on the Farm by Denette Fretz, illustrated by Gene Barretta
They’ve cooled off on asking for this one, but for a stretch there it was a multiple-times-a-day-every-day read. Cute illustrations were their favorite part, and I liked that the overall message was subtle instead of preachy like I initially feared.
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
An old favorite that I got out of the library again because my daughter hadn’t seen it since she was old enough to follow the story. I probably should just buy this one instead of checking it out so regularly.
Mary Engelbreit’s Fairy Tales: Twelve Timeless Treasures by Mary Engelbreit
We’ve got several fairy tale books, but this one has nice illustrations and a few new-to-them stories included. They also seem to like how the familiar tales are just different enough from book to book.
One of our “school books.” Mostly G likes lifting the flaps and discovering what pictures he might find underneath. I can see this one being read for amusement like that right now, and then being reread for information again and again as he gets older.
A note though if you’re wanting an atlas for younger children: this one wouldn’t really work, as not all countries are included on every map (space limitations make it understandable, but I’d still be irritated if I bought it expecting it to truly be an atlas). The fold-out map that is included does seem to have all the countries though, at least as far as I noticed with a quick perusal.
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