It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? was initiated by Sheila at Book Journey, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus – perfect for a children’s librarian like me. This weekly roundup is a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share recommended (or not so recommended….) titles, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.
With summer winding down and weekly story times starting up again soon, it’s time for me to get caught up on my picture books. Here’s a new one that would be a wonderful addition to babytime.
Title: Bunny Roo, I Love You
Author: Melissa Marr
Illustrator: Teagan White
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: 2015
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
Publisher’s Summary: In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.
My Two Cents: Bunny Roo, I Love You is visually stunning. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for beautiful illustrations, and newcomer Teagan White does not disappoint – her vintage (perhaps even hipster)-inspired characters just tug at the heartstrings. I even love the watercolour-inspired text font. This is definitely a picture written with adults, rather than children, in mind. Older children might find the symbolic text confusing (“the baby turns into a kangaroo?”) or even boring, but caregivers will likely lap it up. Did I mention I love these illustrations? I would even hang prints from this book on my wall. Love. Bunny Roo would make a lovely baby shower gift, and I’d certainly introduce it to the caregivers in my baby times as a gentle bed time baby read-aloud that celebrates the bonds between mothers (of all kinds) and their babies.