Children’s picture books hold a special place in my heart, I have books that belonged to my parents and myself when we were children. Books that get read over and over again are such a gift receive. Our boys love nothing more than to curl up at night with a book. It is important to me to give the gift of reading to our boys. They always know they will find books under the tree and in their stockings.
Our book giving season has started early with several fun titles from Raincoast Books .
It is fun to have seasonal books like How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton. With bright illustrations and silly rhymes this book is sure to get you in the holiday mood! This little elf is not one to sit on a shelf and be caught, he is ready for anything you try! Of course he does get a little help from the big guy! (ages 4-8)
I loved the lullaby paced cadence of Sleep Tight Farm A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. This thoughtful book captivated my son with how the seasons on a farm wind down in December but how the farm has provided shelter, a living and food for the family. The farm family lovingly says good night to the farm and thanks it for all it has given throughout the seasons. It really opened my sons eyes to all that goes into the food he eats and the people that are behind every bite. I loved that this quiet, beautiful book made that connection to him! (ages 5-8)
Because we had loved The Snatchabook so much we had to read The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty. Sweet little mousy Leo is a knight and he loves to read but his mom and dad send him off to fight a dragon. He packs his sword and shield as any good dragon-slaying knight should….and a big pile of books. The Dochertys seem to have a special love for reading and how it is a special gift that should not be overlooked! My oldest son proudly read The Storybook Knight to his brother on a road trip, spelling out any more difficult words for me to help him with. It was such a sweet way to spend our drive and I’m happy to say little Leo made out okay! (ages 4-8)
With some books it is the illustrations that draw you in and for me The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Chris Turnham did just that. The illustrator has worked in the animation industry and I really enjoyed his heartwarming pictures of little Charles looking for a wish tree. His family don’t believe that wish trees exist but along the way he helps others and in the end gets his wish. Okay and the fact that his companion on the trip is a sled named Boggin helped. I do like a good pun! (ages 3-5)
Lastly, we had fun with Alain Gree Animals Matching Game. This is a classi matching game featuring beautiful, bright art work by Alain Gree. The oversized animal cards are perfect for little people to work on matching skills and building memory. My son had friends over for a playdate and it was a hit! It was so sweet to see how excited they got to make a match or find their favourite animals. (ages 3 and up)