This week my boys were away for a few days, so I used some of my quiet time to wander around the book store without running after my children (the moms reading this get this completely). One of my sweet students gave me a gift card to the book store at the end of the school year, which made it even nicer! When he gave me the card, he said, “I know how much you like books, so that’s what gave me the idea.” YES! I love how my students know me so well. (Thank you, JD!)
I spent a loooong time in the bookstore. A long time. Much more time than I would have been able to with my boys there. It was relaxing. I walked around and around, picking up picture books, travel books, and cookbooks. I looked at chapter books that I know and love, and ones that were totally new to me. In the end, I chose these:
I’m excited to read them all! While I was at the book store, I also read several new terrific picture books. When our kids are able to read chapter books, we often abandon the picture books, thinking of them as “easy reading.” This is such a shame, though, as picture books can be quite complex and often have powerful messages. I always check out the picture book section when I’m in the book store. Even though I didn’t buy them on this trip, they are definitely on my list! Here are a few favorites to check out:
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
This humorous book is written from the crayons’ point-of-view. It is very clever and funny! You’ll chuckle at the unique complaints of each different color, and you’ll never look at your crayons the same way again!
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Terrific picture book with a great message for girls or any child who doubts their ability to make an impact on the world.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
This gorgeous book is definitely appropriate for older elementary students (2nd grade on up). It is beautifully written and conveys a strong message about the love of stories and books. Of course, I loved it!
Some other picture book favorites from our classroom this year:
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
And our favorite book of the year was one without any words (yes, really!). You should read it!
Journey by Aaron Becker
I could go on and on. What are your favorite picture books? Happy reading!
All book cover images in this post are from Amazon.com.