I’m making my way through the pile of picture books above. I haven’t read them all yet but there are three in particular I would highly recommend.
Good Rosie! (Candlewick Press) by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Harry Bliss is a great introduction to the graphic novel format for young readers. Rosie is a little dog who wants a friend but is fearful of new situations and dogs she doesn’t know. It would be a perfect read for preschoolers or kindergartners (or anyone, actually) who find themselves in new situations where they don’t know anyone. It’s a delightful twist on how to make friends and deal with differences.
Kitten and the Night Watchman (Simon & Schuster) by John Sullivan and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo is another friendship story, but this one is about a kitten who needs a home. I particularly liked seeing how the illustrations supported the text.
In The Field (North South Books) written by Baptiste Paul and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara we learn not only about the universally popular sport of soccer (futbol), but also have the opportunity to learn a few Creole words and experience the beauty of the island setting. Baptiste Paul’s text is sparse, but his authentic voice relays the excitement of the game, the importance of teamwork, and the pride of his culture.
I’m also rereading via audio the adult novel The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – a troubled-family saga that takes place in Alaska in the 1970’s. Definitely worth the read (or listen) not only for the story, but also for the beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan wild.
What are you reading?