Frances’ Favorite Books: 21 Months

These are some of the books that have been big hits in our house in the past 3 months.

Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack. A mostly wordless books about a frog, who escapes capture by a kid, only to successively end up near a turtle, alligator, and flamingo, all who would like to eat him. Lots of action, bright fun illustrations, plenty of chances for a toddler to shout AH HA!

Bruno Munari’s Zoo. Really lovely, colorful illustrations and not too much text (a winning combo in our house) about the animals at the zoo.

Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist. Helquist has written (and illustrated) a charming book about a disgruntled goat, transformed into friendly guy by his love of a beautiful dandelion. Really great illustrations (and any book where Frances can identify all the animals and the sounds they make is a hit these days!)

Jamberry by Bruce Degen. I’ve written about Jamberry before, but we just got it out of the library again, and it’s as big a hit as ever. Last night Frances wouldn’t let me read any other books before I read Jamberry. (Still a cute, rhyming book about a boy, a bear, berries and jam, of all things.)

Madlenka’s Dog by Peter Sis. This is a really beautifully illustrated book about a little girl who wants a dog – and the power of imagination. When Madlenka walks her imaginary dog around her city block the neighbors that she meets all imagine a different dog (shown under flaps) – one has spots, one is small and fluffy, one is big and woolly, and so on.

Pigsty by Mark Teague. The Mark Teague love remains strong. This is an older book by him about a boy who doesn’t want to clean him room (so the pigs move in).
Really cute.

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang. This is a sweet and simple book that counts down to a little girls bedtime – from 10 toes “washed and warm” to “one big girl all ready for bed”.

This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington. You know all about the roast-beef-eating, wee-weeing piggies – but what about the toes on the other foot? Harrington comes up with some pretty fun activities that they do, which wear all the piggies out and make them ready for sleep. Another good bedtime story.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This is a total classic, which probably doesn’t need any description, but it definitely holds up. Good for all Wild Thing kids!

Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli. I feel like we are late to the party on this book, but it’s a charming, funny book about foods that are good to eat and… things that are not so good to eat (Example: “Sandwiches are yummy. Sand is yucky.”). A quick, fun read. Frances loves to say YUCK at the end.

Frances’ Favorite Books: 21 Months

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