Books I’m Enjoying Catch-Up: Picture Books

Perhaps a more apt title this month would be Books I’ve Enjoyed…

Since I’m so behind, I’m going to break this into a few different posts. First up are my favorite new storytime titles!

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One Family, George Shannon, ills. Blanca Gomez: Shannon takes on the traditional family book and does an amazing job expanding on such a common concept. Words and illustrations really work together to show families of all shapes and sizes, and really emphasize diversity. Parents who are gay, families who are mixed-race, families where grandparents or other relatives live with them, single parents… There are so many opportunities for children to see themselves and their families in the pages of One Family.

Sea Rex, Molly Idle: I love Molly Idle’s T-Rex series (starting with my favorite, Tea Rex), and this one is no exception. Funny, clever, and beautifully illustrated, Sea Rex tells the store of Cordelia’s day at the beach with her dinosaur friend (which also makes me wonder- how many dinosaur stories star a little girl?). Sea Rex is ideal for a slightly older audience than I usually gather at my storytimes (kindergarten+).

This is My Rock, David Lucas: I’ll be upfront that my deep love of goats more or less requires me to give any book featuring one on the cover a shot. It’s absolutely deserving of that attention! This is My Rock is a simple story about sharing and friendship that uses repetitive language both for laughs and to drive the message home. The bold, bright illustrations make it perfect for sharing with a group.

Interstellar Cinderella, Deborah Underwood, ills. Meg Hunt: Oh gosh, who wouldn’t love a classic fairytale set IN SPACE? Why aren’t we doing this with more stories? In this futuristic retelling of Cinderella, Cinderella is re-imagined as a mechanic who uses her skills to to get to know and help out the prince. When he proposes marriage, she turns him down (she’s too young, of course), but offers to be his chief mechanic. The rhyme scheme is a little forced at times, but it doesn’t take away from the charm of this TOTALLY AWESOME book.

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