Janssen of Everyday Reading is also a blog friend and a real life friend of mine AND Merrick's sister! (Does their family have the best names, or what?!). Janssen and I met years and years ago because her husband is good friends with my ex-husband. So even though things didn't shake out with my ex, me and Janssen's relationship is still going strong. Some things are just too good to end, ya know?
Because Janssen is a complete expert when it comes to books (with a degree to prove it and everything!), what better person to tell me what some of the best books are to read to Hero when she's just a little bit older. So take note! These are bound to be great reads.
P.S. I'm totally using some of our gift card money to buy...all of these. Thanks again, Janssen!
Children's Books for Artistic Families, or, Books I'd Give as a
Gift To Sam's Child Without Hesitation
I love giving books as baby shower gifts or birthday gifts or
just-because gifts. But you don't want to give something that they'll
either get ten copies of (like Goodnight
Moon), or something that will make their inner artist cringe
every time their child picks it up.
Here are seven of my favorite picture books that I'd be completely
confident in giving to parents with as much style as Sam and Chas
House in the Night - If you want to give a bedtime story,
but worry that Goodnight Moon is too obvious a choice, this is
your book. Done in black and white scratchboard with golden accents,
this is a perfect story to read before tucking a baby into bed. And
then you'll probably have to take twenty minutes after the baby is
sleeping to pore over the illustrations by yourself. Totally
Long Piece of String - This retro book (just now back in
print after being published 50 years ago) has a piece of black string
that stretches from the first page to the last, wrapping around a
different object on each page. This book would be perfectly at home in
your grandmother's collection, but you want it yours, I promise.
- This sweet little book done in different mediums (marker,
watercolor, etc) is such a fun little story about a nervous kangaroo
just venturing out of his mama's pouch.
Pencil - A pencil is just happily drawing an entire town,
filled with people, food, houses, and trees, but then everyone starts
complaining ("I don't like this hat!;" "My ears are too big!") and he
has to draw an eraser to start fixing things. But then the feisty
eraser takes on a life of its own.
- Animals (in alphabetical order) made out of their letter in
different fonts? It's such a brilliant idea and executed perfectly.
I've never seen an adult or child not fall in love with this one.
Fall - No one makes more gorgeous books than David Wiesner
and this one about a boy drifting off to sleep is one of his best. In
each changing scene, you can see bits of his bedroom incorporated into
his dreams, like his patchwork quilt becoming a life-size chess board.
I notice something new every time I read it (which, when your child
becomes fixated on a single book, is a good thing).
Walrus? I love a wordless book because I can make it
stretch as long as I'd like or I can whip through it 60 seconds.
Walrus escapes from the zoo and hides with a different group of people
on each page. The illustrations on this one are clean and modern and
just make me happy.