Of course we found this version of Les Miserables in the cutest toy store on the planet in Vancouver, so we had to get it. We’re partial to the BabyLit Board Book series, but these Cozy Classics are very well done. They are really for readers of all ages as the soft visuals can stimulate a six month old and the clever way they tell the story will make a seasoned reader of literature smile.
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is a terrifying tale of what can happen when you take things which do not belong to you and then, to make matters worse, try to engage someone else in an orchestrated cover up. If only Chris Christie had been given a copy of this when he was a child…
Henri’s Walk to Paris by Leonore Klein and illustrated by Saul Bass is a lovely story about a boy who dreams of Paris. This is the first and only children’s book illustrated by Saul Bass who is considered the greatest graphic designer of all time. !!! Apparently, back in the day, it was a sought after, out of print collector’s item and was only reissued in 2012. Of course I learned all of this from the gorgeous cultural website BrainPickings, which is where I seem to learn most everything nowadays.
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag is really weird and kind of scary, but we love it. A man goes out and finds a million cats, but his wife only wants one, for obvious reasons. A moral lies in how they solve this problem.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. There’s nothing to say about this book, it’s perfect. I’m sorry you can’t hear Michael read it out loud in various shades of Tony Robert’s voices.
The Prince’s Bedtime by Joanne Oppenheim is so stinking cute. They try everything to get the Prince to fall asleep, but only one thing does the trick.
Sandra Boynton. Her books are just little parties. Let’s Dance, Little Pookie gets the little ones up and about…if that’s what you’re after.
And here she is again with Happy Hippo, Angry Duck, a book about feelings. It’s a perfect book for when kids are just on the cusp of putting their feelings into words. It’s so helpful for them to identify uncomfortable feelings as a part of life… even a hippo and duck’s life.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz is a classic. His day is so bad, he contemplates a move to Australia. Poor Alexander. I had a bad day just like his last week, and I’m already in Australia.
This is Australia by M. Sasek. We found this book in Boston 6 months before we moved down under. We went back to our hotel room in Worcester, Mass for a chilly week of the Les Mis tour and began to learn about where we were headed. Now that we’ve been here 6 months, it’s even more fun to look at.