September 11, 2022 · 3:38 pm
Continuing the Best of EatReadSleep’s Tenth Anniversary!
I read everything, but children’s books are also my profession. I loved reading to my son when he was little, and now I have grandchildren to turn into bibliophiles. During the ten years that I’ve been writing EatReadSleep, I have been the children’s selector for a large library system. Here are some of my favorites from that time.
I have only written one post about these sturdy little volumes, and it was meant to be funny. Seriously, though, Sandra Boynton, Michael Dahl, and others have poured their prodigious talents into books that will be slobbered and chewed on, and parents everywhere appreciate it.
Picture books! Those little artistic gems. How I love them. The best picture books convey oceans of meaning in just a few well-chosen words, along with gorgeous or hilarious illustrations. Here are some of my favorites over the years. Many of the reviews are grouped in the original posts. Click the links for full reviews!
Jane Yolen is one the most prolific living writers, and this continuing series never fails to teach lessons in the cleverest ways. How Do Dinosaurs…?
is one groovy dude. James Litwin started the series, which was continued by James Dean. This is one of the most popular series going these days. Pete the Cat
makes an appearance in the same post. She is one precocious little pig. Olivia
are a charming pair, one more adventurous than the other. Tad Hills is also the author of the excellent Duck and Goose Rocket Learns to Read and others.
Jean Reagan writes the series, instructing children to allow grandparents naps and other helpful advice. Comedy that hits close to home. How to Babysit a….
Bonny Becker started the Bear series with A Visitor for Bear. Sweet, charming, and amusing. Large volumes just right for bedtimes.
What dog lover doesn’t sympathize with Carter Goodrich’s ? Adorable. Mister Bud
Some children’s books, like Muppets movies, are at least partly written for grownups, even though they definitely work for the kids, too. I Am Otter is one of those.
Oh, this poor, little penguin. will have you sympathetically laughing along. Flight School
is another breezy, oceanside title. This one encourages children to stay true to their own vision. Hum and Swish
is not your usual Santa-and-his-reindeer Christmas books for kids. Enduring and gorgeous. Tissues not included. Great Joy
I mean, seriously. Look at those ears and tell me you’re not in love. is for every child whose friend has moved away. In a Jar
is a confident little misfit. For every child who marches to the beat of her own drummer. Sweetness and naked mole rats. (That’s a species, not a state of undress.) Sweety
A fond look back by a happily homeschooled author, for his younger fellow home educators and their friends in conventional school settings. This Is My Home, This Is My School.
is a recent multi-award winner, a quietly beautiful book that packs an emotional wallop. Watercress
Achingly poignant, is for little ones experiencing the loss of a parent, whether through divorce, abandonment, incarceration, or death. Boats for Papa
The Steads can do no wrong. was the first Caldecott winner for this married couple and features an old zookeeper and his loving animals. A Sick Day for Amos McGee
was old when my son was young. A medieval myth retold and spectacularly illustrated by one of my favorite book artists. Saint George and the Dragon
There will be many more children’s books to come, so stay tuned!
Book Reviews, Books and reading
A Library Book for Bear, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Andrea Wang, Andrea Zuill, Bagram Ibatoulline, Best of EatReadSleep, Board books, Boats for Papa, Bonny Becker, Carolyn Crimi, Carter Goodrich, Children's books, Clovis Keeps His Cool, Deborah Marcero, Duck and Goose Go to the Beach, Eric Litwin, Erin E. Stead, Flight School, Great Joy, How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, How to Babysit a Grandma, Hum and Swish, I Am Otter, Ian Falconer, In a Jar, James Dean, Jane Yolen, Jason Chin, Jean Reagan, Jerry Pinkney, Jessixa Bagley, Jonathan Bean, Kate DiCamillo, Katelyn Aronson, Lita Judge, Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, Margaret Hodges, Matt Myers, Mister Bud Wears the Cone, Olivia, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Philip C. Stead, picture books, Saint George and the Dragon, Sam Garton, Sweety, The Tortoise and the Hare, There Might Be Lobsters, This Is My Home This Is My School, Trina Schart Hyman, Watercress