Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Pictures On My To-Be-Shared List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme from the awesome team at The Broke and The Bookish. 

toptentuesdayI’m putting my own spin on this week’s TTT theme, with ten books that I can’t wait to share with the kids at my story times and school visits this fall.

Nose to Toes, You are Yummy

Nose to Toes, You Are Yummy!

Interactive picture books are always a hit at story times. Children are made to move, and getting them actively interacting with a story is one of the best ways of keeping them engaged for 30 minutes.

Bunny Roo – I Love You

Bunny Roo, I Love You

Sweet text and adorable illustrations make this perfect for sharing with caregivers and their babies.

Little Baby Buttercup

Little Baby Buttercup

Another gentle story for reading to babies at bedtime.

Meet Dizzy Dinosaur

Meet Dizzy Dinosaur!

In the tradition of “Don’t push the button” and “Press here”, this picture book has kids interacting with the hapless Dizzy Dinosaur.

Dinosaur Vs. Mommy

Dinosaur Vs. Mommy

Kids will love roaring along with this rambunctious toddler dinosaur.

Little Sleepyhead

Little Sleepyhead

A gentle bedtime book that caregivers will love sharing with sleepy babies. So many bedtime books this season!

How to Read a Story

How to Read A Story

Love love love – a perfect celebration of reading as a social activity. A good read for librarians and teachers as well!

Please Mr. Panda

Please, Mr. Panda

A droll take on proper manners.

Zombie in Love 2+1

Zombie in Love 2+1

This story about a zombie couple and their foray into parenthood has a perfect blend of sweet and gross-out humour. I can’t wait to share this one with the kids in October.

Wild About Us!

Wild About Us!

A lighthearted, brightly illustrated ode to self-acceptance, as told by zoo animals.

So – which new picture books are you looking forward to sharing with kids this fall?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 08/31/2015

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.

imwayr

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.

Bunny Roo

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.