The power of a well-crafted picture book lingers long after turning its final page. Often a picture book charms you into lingering over an illustration, makes you chuckle about a passage of dialogue, or captivates you to begin reading it all over again after you have read the last page.
The three titles below are definite charmers.
The Wolf The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett
“Oh Woe”…. and off we go, into a folktale-ish landscape of quirkiness and humor that only Barnett can create so well. Readers of all ages who are familiar with other books by Barnett:Sam and Dave dig a Hole, and Triangle will giddily turn the pages to see just what’s in store for the three characters. Be prepared to be delighted and watch your child’s surprised expressions.
Snow Scene by Richard Jackson
This small and compact book is full of textural bliss. The acrylic artwork explores the seasons across heavy canvas. The patterns of the canvas add to the depth and feel to every illustration. Jackson teases the eye to guess what might appear on the next page. This is a cozy lap time book for two.
Plume by Isabelle Simler
This book is a young naturalist’s delight, or… perhaps a cat adventure. Colorful birds adorn each page accompanied by illustrations of the various types of feathers each bird has. But lurking off center or cozying up behind each bird is a… oh no!! (Spoiler alert, not what you think will happen!)
YOUNG READERS FICTION
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Collecting human stories is what Red the oak tree does best. He is an ancient tree of many experiences. Red is rich in rings, decades and centuries of experiences. This book is quiet and thoughtful, it will embrace you, and likely make you cry, but you won’t soon forget it.
Wonderling by Mira Bartok
His name is 13. He’s one of the oldest orphans at the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures. The tale begins inside the “Home”, and the reader is introduced to a cast of orphaned animal characters. Miss Carbunkle rules the home with frightful sternness. 13 finds that there is more to his story than meets the eye. Young readers will cheer 13 on, support him on his quest, and enjoy each turn in his adventure.