Picture Book Review and Some Thoughts on Reading

Recent reads we checked out from the West Melbourne Library, Brevard County System (all links for pictures and book info are from the library site, just click the title in green to view book info and a picture of the cover):

Rufus at Work by Tory and Norman Taber is just delightful and lovely, great short read, awesome art with bright colors, patterns, shapes

Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy Shaw, Illustrated by Margo Apple is a nice read from a series of books of Sheep doing things, rhyming words, lots of action, nice illustrations; we have the Jedi read to us since he is old enough and we like him to have some of the fun too!  Short read.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein offers a fun read, wonderful illustrations with lots going on, good bedtime story, medium in length, the Jedi ABSOLUTELY gets a big kick out of this one, multiple check outs on this one for us already!

Little Quack’s Hide and Seek by Lauren Thompson, Pictures/Illustration by Derek Anderson contains tons of cuteness here, great bright bright colors, good for a spring time read, pretty quick read, recommend for the baby, toddler and up depending on what your child still enjoys

Sector 7 by David Wiesner an ALL Picture book, very highly recommend, artwork is incredible, so much to see, so much to observe, tapping the imagination of the young and old alike, make up your own story, or just follow along the pictures…then if you like, make up your own fun watching some clouds on your backs in the grass—together!!!  AWESOME book!!

Exploring Continents, North America by Alexis Roumanis contains lots of wonderful information on the North American Continent in the text – nicely set up, not too much info all at once, while also offering a great visual experience through design/pictures.  Fantastic short read for elementary age students, maybe 2nd grade up.  More books in this series are available.  Good for research in Geography or Science too.

BILLY TWITTERS and his BLUE WHALE PROBLEM by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex is one of those every once in a while books that Momma just isn’t really in to.  There were great illustrations and lost of facts nestled into the story so you learn without realizing you were learning…but the story line left a lot to desire.  I hope it was just the mood I was in when we read it over the span of two days/two sittings.  I won’t volunteer to check this one out again though.  Nothing terrible or inappropriate for the kiddos, just not very exciting.

I’ve made a choice to be more vigilant about checking out picture books and reading them like we used to – regularly.  We have moved into an easy rhythm of reading a chapter book or two and listening to audios.  I do ongoing research and have determined we need to keep on reading picture books, for many reasons, including the following, but not limited to these:

  1. The Jedi still enjoys them
  2. Its an opportunity to see and appreciate artwork by many many many different artists and it encourages us to pursue our own arts, crafts, hobbies, etc. 
  3. Research shows that picture books are appreciated and that they assist with reading for pleasure (not just for assignments and test taking) and can be continued up into higher school levels than what is normally expected.
  4. We just plain love them!!  
  5. The variety is endless

So, keep on reading to your kids and with your kids and as an example to your kids … they will be great readers too and enjoy it.  As the Jedi’s Dad always says, “In a book, there is no limit to where your mind and imagination can take you!”

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