Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we are given a new topic prompt to inspire our bookish lists. Today’s topic focuses on favorite picture books. This was actually a pretty hard list to put together because I LOVE picture books. I find them absolutely charming, and beautiful. I choose a variety of books that I not only love the story but especially love the illustrations. Some are from my childhood, while others are books I recently discovered and will one day be adding to my own child’s library.

 

Beauty and the Beast

Ursula Jones (Author), Sarah Gibb (Illustrator)

This is my all time FAVORITE fairy tale and this book is stunning from the gilded leaves on the dust jacket to the vivid and intricate illustrations. Absolutely LOVE this book.

 

The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit

Emma Thompson(Author), Eleanor Taylor(Illustrator)

I have always loved the Beatrix Potter books with the adorable little bunnies. This is a revamped version based on the original Beatrix Potter books. The illustrations are so cute!

 

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak (Author)

I remember being really young, and sort of finding this book a bit scary and “ugly” but when I realized the monsters weren’t mean but friendly I feel in love with this story and with Max.

 

Little Elliot

Mike Curato (Author, Illustrator)

This is one of the most adorable new picture book series I have come across. How can you not love a little polka dotted elephant that loves cupcakes and exploring?

 

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Janet Hill (Author)

This book is quite the stunner, with the lush illustrations and the life-like doggies. I absolutely loved looking at all the beautiful details on every page.

 

The Whisper

Pamela Zagarenski (Author)

This book is so sweet and all about the joy of reading. Plus there is a fox on the cover so how could I pass it up?

 

Adventures with Barefoot Critters

Teagan White (Author)

Teagan White has become my FAVORITE illustrator. I love her adorable little critters, the colors she uses and all the adventures her creations go on.

 

Bunny Roo, I Love You

Melissa Marr (Author), Teagan White (Illustrator)

This is one of the cutest books I have ever set eyes on. Everything from the illustrations, colors, and story captured my heart.

 

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Author), Richard Howard (Translator)

Another childhood favorite, that completely enthralled me with its simple charm and lyrical story.

 

Wolfie The Bunny

Ame Dyckman (Author), Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)

A funny and cute story about a wolf that gets raised by a family of bunnies, and how their daughter Dot thinks he will eat them all up. A great book for teaching children that families come in all shapes, and sizes. Also a great teaching tool for helping young children deal with new siblings, sibling rivalry, and unconditional love. Plus…look at that hilarious little wolf dressed like a bunny on the cover!

 

What are some of your favorite picture books? Do you still enjoy picture books even as an adult? Please share with me your thoughts in the comments below, and also your links if you participate in TTT. 

Children’s Picture Book Review: Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

Children’s Picture Book Review: Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan WhiteCounting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White
Published by Tundra Books on August 9th 2016
Genres: Children's Books
Pages: 32
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What is a day of counting with Barefoot Critters?
ReadingMaking pancakesHelping friendsExploringSwimmingPlaying piratesLearning about numbers!
Join this adorable cast of animal characters as they explore numbers and counting over the course of a day, having fun at all stops along the way.

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The cuteness of Counting with Barefoot Critters is on such a high level, you pretty much say “Awww” and “ OMG how cute” every time you turn the page. Seriously, it is jam-packed with cuteness from the critters to the many adventures and activities they participate in, you are enveloped in total adorableness and you can’t help but smile while reading it.

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Gorgeous map of the little Barefoot Critters village


I’m positive that little young ones learning their numbers will love having this little story/poem read out loud to them, and I know they will enjoy counting out all the sweet little animal friends on each exquisitely detailed page. From such activities as quiet reading, to making pancakes, eating cake (I always find cake..for real…it’s like a gift…I am a cake magnet…in real life and in books), playing pirates, swimming and hanging out in their fort, to racing (yes…there is even a super adorable triceratops dinosaur in this book) these little critters are sure to warm their way into all readers hearts.

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The illustration of the fox reading….I need that in my life…(and I’m a “grownup”. Also….I found cake….even if it is just in the book…

I think the rhymes in this book read out really well and invite the readers to guess what number comes next. The illustrations were beautifully done. I loved the illustrations of all the barefoot critters, my favorites were clearly  the fox, bunny, and the triceratops. Every single page had so many wonderful details from the actual critters to the little ants, mice, birds and lovely flowers. The colors were very pleasing to the eye and just bright enough to jump off the page. The author (Teagan White) clearly carefully every detail when making this exquisite and aesthetically pleasing counting book, like the way the numbers go from orange/red, to yellows, greens and finally blue to mimic the passing of time from morning to afternoon to evening. I definitely will be adding this charming book to future baby’s library, and also will be getting them for friends’ little ones to enjoy too.

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I mean…just look at the care and love that these illustrations were done with. So very pretty…and such a cute scene.

I’m also interesting in checking out Teagan White’s previous book Adventures with Barefoot Critters, which is all about letters and the seasons. Counting with Barefoot Critters (hardcover) goes on sale August 9th, 2016. You won’t find a cuter, sweeter, more adorable counting book anywhere (revisit the pictures on this post if you need to be reminded of the cuteness factor).

Thank you Tundra Books and Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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How can you not fall in love with that little triceratops dino? I mean…LOOK AT IT….it’s so freaking cute!

Let me know what you think of Counting with Barefoot Critters. Which critter was your favorite?

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Picture Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Picture Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley SpiresThe Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Published by Kids Can Press on April 1st 2014
Pages: 32
Goodreads
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Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.
For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl's frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it's okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn't just make her magnificent thing --- "she tinkers and hammers and measures, she smoothes and wrenches and fiddles, she twists and tweaks and fastens." These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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The Most Magnificent Thing is the story of a regular unnamed little girl and her little companion. They both enjoy making things, and one day the little girl decides to make the “Most Magnificent” thing. Together they set off on a series of trial and error experiments to try to create exactly what the little girl has envisioned in her mind. However, she just can’t seem to get it right. Eventually, she gets frustrated, angry and is about to give up completely, but her faithful companion pup convinces her to step away from the project and take a walk instead. As they go on their walk, the little girl starts to calm down and to relax. She returns again to all the different versions of her previous “failures” and she starts to see that there are bits and pieces from each of them that actually could work after all. With a clear mind, and a new positive outlook the little girl and her little assistant start anew and finally create The Most Magnificent Thing. Though it was a bit heavier than expected, and the color needed some work, it was just exactly what she wanted after all.

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WOW! This book AMAZED me. The illustrations are adorable, colorful and filled with so many details to look at. The vocabulary used in the book is fantastic, using words like “tinkered”, “pondered”, “fiddling” , and “wondered” throughout the story. I love that there is never a name given to the little girl, so readers can either place themselves in her place, or pick whatever name they want for her. I think it’s really great that the little girl is just a standard, regular girl. She’s not a princess, or witch, warrior or fairy. She’s just a little girl with lots of imagination and spunk. I love the lessons that can be found between the lines of this book. Lessons about the struggles and frustrations that come with trying to execute a vision into a reality. Lessons about not needing things to be perfect for them to be magnificent. Lessons about having patience and perseverance. Lessons about how sometimes you need to just take a breather and clear your mind before you can get to where you need to be. Lessons about how sometimes you need to fail or get something not quite right in order to achieve your ultimate goals. All of these lessons are wonderful for children to learn, but they are also great reminders to the adults reading this book to their children, students, family members or themselves. Big lessons, in such a simple yet beautifully written story about a regular girl and her little sidekick. It’s also a marvelous thing to see that the little girl’s ideas and projects are what the main focus of the book is and not so much the little girl herself. I love that she is written as a creator, a thinker, a builder. Both girls and boys will enjoy this book, but it is really lovely to see a book promote Girl Power so eloquently.

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I highly recommend this witty and adorable book to everyone, young or old. It is the type of book that can be read over and over again, and each time there are new things to discover upon the bright and detailed illustrations on each page. It truly is a Most Magnificent Thing.

Thank you, NetGalley and Kids Can Press for providing me with the E-ARC of this awesome book.

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