I’m excited to report that our #100PictureBookSummer is off to a great start. Thanks to a little careful planning and a couple of library cards, we are well on our way. My kids were excited to come home to a stack of ‘new’ books yesterday and dove right in. Here’s our list for the week:
- Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio & Christianson Robinson
- Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
- Jamberry by Bruce Degen*
- Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan
- Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss
- The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Whinfield Martin
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrea and Guy Parker-Rees
- You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang & Christopher Weynat
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Steve Johnson
*As I was typing this, I realized that we didn’t make it home with Jamberry for some reason. Hm, well that’s a sweet one (no pun intended) to kick our week off next week! Here’s the link to Book Nerd Mommy’s 100 Picture Books for your Summer Reading that we’re following if you missed last week’s post.
These first ten were a wonderful mix of new and old favorites, featuring everything from adorable puppies to terrible monsters. There is a definite theme that carried through many of these books and that is the importance of being true to yourself, even if what you know to be true goes against the grain of popular opinion. I’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite from this list. As a mom, I want to use the pages of Emily Whinfield Martin’s delightful little book as wallpaper in my kid’s bedrooms so they can be surrounded by its wonderful message of love. I’m also a history buff and I knew that I was holding an important piece of history as I read The Snowy Day, but the combination of The Snowy Day and A Poem for Peter together was powerful. Diary of a Worm and Leonardo tickled my funny bone and caused a healthy dose of giggles from both my kiddos and me.
When I approached my daughter with the prospect of a summer filled with books, she was quick to agree, but not without making she and her brothers received a bit of recognition too. Always a negotiator, she thought it would be fun if she and her brothers could share their favorite books with you as well. That was an easy deal to shake on, so here’s a little about the three guest book reviewers that will be joining me all summer.
- OC (oldest child) is seven years old, with wonderfully curly hair and a personality to match. She’s well rounded and a bit impulsive; you can be sure there are grass stains on her powder pink dancing tights. She has an inquisitive mind to match her giant and generous heart.
- MC (middle child) is five and a future superhero if there ever was one. He loves fighting bad guys, hunting zombies and practicing his ‘incredible ninja moves’. He does life at his own pace and is filled with an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm for life… all day every day.
- YC (youngest child) is three years old and our comedic relief. He loves making us all laugh and does it well. He’s into (almost) anything his older brother tells him is cool, but really loves trucks, trains, and playing in the dirt. He believes ‘the more, the merrier & the messier, the better’.
So, there you have them, without a doubt, the cutest and chattiest guest reviewers to ever grace these pages. I’ll have more from them next week and a fresh batch of books! Happy Summer!
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