Recent Picturebooks I love

Hi all!

It’s the first day of Free-For-All month and I thought I’d just have a bit of fun posting about some of the wonderful picturebooks that I’ve seen over the past couple of months.

First, from the creators of Iggy Peck Architect and Happy Birthday MAdame Chapeau, I discovered Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts. Told in bright colours, not shying away from rosy pinks and reds and peaches, is the story of Rosie who is an inventor and engineer. The story has a nice arc where Rosie is discouraged but then encouraged again by her Great Aunt (inspired by Rosie the Riveter) and to cap it all off the creators have given us a historical note about women and engineers. It’s a great book for everyone :)





I ALSO happen to absolutely adore the idea and execution of B.J. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures. This is just wonderful for kids to listen to, and highlights so many of the wonderful reasons that parents should read out loud to their kids. If you are good at voices, or bad at voices you almost can’t fail at making a child laugh by reading this book out loud. Grandparent’s can read it over Skype and kids can “trick” their unsuspecting relatives into reading words like “booboo butt” – it’s just great. Check out this video of B.J. Novak reading it and you’ll see the uproarious reaction from children.

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In more classic picturebook tradition is A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton. In this very charming comedy of manners a sweet, and trouble-making, little mouse wears down the grumpy curmudgeon of a bear. Longer than the average 32 pages, this story has the space to really shine and though the twist isn’t all the unforseen, it’s a cute story about how in the end everyone needs a visitor every now and then – oh, and we aren’t all as grumpy as we’d like to seem.



There are more, but I think I’ll leave you all with these three! Hurrah for free-for-all!

2 responses to “Recent Picturebooks I love

  1. Rosie Revere, Engineer was actually not great for my 3 year old. It depicts someone laughing at a child and her subsequently being afraid of people laughing at her. After reading this my daughter asked me if her father was laughing at her when he was laughing out of delight for something she did. I’m not sure what age would be perfect, but I would recommend older than 3. I tucked it away for later. I’ve done that with a number of books that turned out to be better for an older audience. Just my 2 cents!

    • Thank you! It’s good to get some feedback!

      In the end the lesson is to keep trying despite being laughed at, but that’s not necessarily the central or a very clear message. :)

      I think probably 5 or 6 years old, at the top of the picturebook age range.

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