Today's slice brings you ten picture book favorites (for this week) from my two year old grandson, Jack! These are the books we've read over and over again this week.
Peek-A-Boo! I See You! by Joan Phillips & illustrated by Kathy Wilburn - This is one that my children loved. I recently pulled it off the shelf for Jack when he started carrying around a bunny and I remembered this page:
"I see a bump.
Oops! The bump jumped?
Who's under there?
It's someone funny . . .
It's my funny Honey Bunny."
Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Betton - I love the lush illustrations of the forest and its animals. Hedgehog needs a hug, but can't find an animal brave enough for his prickles. Until he happens upon another woodland friend who feels just like him! After the hug, these final words: "And they both felt better."
Fresh Delicious: Poems from the Farmer's Market by Irene Latham & illustrated by Mique Moriuchi - We had fun reading and rereading this one yesterday and giggling over these lines from our favorite poem, "Corn."
Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley & illustrated by John Rocco - Jack loves this tale of three robots who finally manage to put their boy to sleep. He loves to read it to himself and chants "Beep! Beep! Go to sleep," as he turns the pages. And we love to look for the mouse on every two page spread.
All Right Already! A Snowy Story by Jory John & illustrated by Benji Davies - I requested this one from the library when we were looking for books about the snow. Little did we know then that February would bring us so much snow! A delightful tale of grumpy Bear and his exuberant friend, Duck.
Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman - When you live in the Pacific NW, you need a few books about rain. This wordless picture features a mysterious key and a young boy's adventure on a rainy day.
Boats Are Busy by Sara Gillingham - We discovered this one in the board book bins at the library. It provides detailed pictures and information about 15 different boats, and Jack can name all of them.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car by Katie Dopirak & illustrated by Mary Peterson - This one came highly recommended by Nancy Stewart who leads our grandparents' group. It was so loved that I had to buy a copy for Jack's 2nd birthday.
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers & illustrated by Marla Frazee - This is a new-to-me title, published in 2001. It's perfect for Jack who's preparing to become a big brother this month.
Honey by David Ezra Stein - Bear comes out of his den after a long winter, hungry and remembering honey. "Warm, golden, sweet, clear, slowly flowing, spicy, aromatic, sparkling with sunlight - 'Honey!'" The very end of the book has these words: "A sleepy bear sat and remembered the summer, and thought how good it had been." This is a book that I would have loved to use as a mentor text with my 6th graders for our Goodbye Summer writing pieces. And yet, it's also a book that two year old Jack loves. Such is the power of story!