Saturday, December 31, 2016

Best of 2016 - Little Reads Edition

We read some fantastic books this year!

Isla's getting a little older (she's 4 now - how has this happened?) so we're started introducing early chapter books. While still reading a ton of picture books. This girl loves to read and I love to read with her.

Flora and the Flamingo might just be my favorite picture book of all time. It was the very first book featured on our instagram page and the first picture book we reviewed on the blog. It simply doesn't get more beautiful than the Flora books by Molly Idle.

Chrysanthemum is a delightful story about a little girl learning to accept herself as she is. You can never go wrong with Kevin Henkes, right?

The Princess in Black series is awesome! They are such fun books with lots of girl power. We've checked all of these out from the library a couple of times, so I think it might be time to just buy them for our home library.

The Elephant and Piggie series is a modern classic. These books are so silly and so fun and Isla has memorized several of them cover to cover. Our favorites are We Are In A Book, There Is A Bird On Your Head, and I Really Like Slop.

Mother Bruce is hilarious. This poor grumpy bear accidentally adopts some baby geese and has to raise them all on his own. Hi-jinks and hilarity ensue.

Poor Little Guy is the story of a little puffer fish who has had enough. It's a great example of why you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and also a great example of standing up for yourself. Plus the illustrations and lettering are beautiful.

Rosie Revere Engineer is a wonderful book for little girls (and boys) about following your dreams. Deep down in Rosie's heart she wants so badly to be an engineer, but has been laughed at in the past, so she keeps her dreams to herself. Until her Great Aunt Rose shows up, that is. This story has excellent rhythm and rhyming and is a delight to read while delivering a great message.

Swatch is another beautiful picture book. It's about a little girl who wrangles and collects color, until one day she realizes that colors need to be free. It's wild and gorgeous and vibrant.

Once Upon An Alphabet is a book of short stories for all the letters. It's a great big orange book that looks amazing on a shelf. (And when you open it.) You can't go wrong with Oliver Jeffers, either. It's funny and silly and has those quintessential Oliver Jeffers illustrations.

Max the Brave is the story of a brave little kitten who chases mice. Or he would chase mice, if only he knew what mice looked like. After a run in with a monster he believes is a mouse, Max decides he doesn't need to be brave all the time. Only when chasing monsters (who are actually mice.)

What were your little's favorites this year?

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