And the First Category is . . . Picture Books!


NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

This project is a perfect blend of two of my favorite things:

1. Lists     2. Reading

Couldn’t be happier 🙂 Let the reading begin!

For an explanation of my ratings, see here.

The LIST begins with picture books for children ages 2 – 6.



#1: Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack

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Best for young readers and their parents, to be read in LOUD voices!

Join an adventurous frog in this story that uses only TWO letters.

The pictures tell the story–which makes it perfect for visual kids and parents alike.

Cleverly made and joyfully read aloud.


#2: Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka & Mac Barnett


3 Cheers! A great addition to your at-home library.

This book was clearly designed with boys in mind!

It takes a simple woodland birthday story with mild characters and pastel pictures and transforms it into a rough and tumble delight.

Not only is the story an excellent romp, it also challenges the reader to follow both the underlying story AND the scribbled in bits.



#3: The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco


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Any book by Patricia Polacco pulls at a certain chord in my heart that is attached to all the nice feelings of being at home and being loved and reading great books with my parents. My dad had shelves full of her books, and we spent hours after school reading them.

So I am already biased toward any story she writes.

The Blessing Cup is great for read aloud and older readers, as the length and vocabulary are more complex.

And what a great story for asking questions, like:

How do families face difficult changes together?

Who acted as a helper in the story? Do we know anyone like that?

What traditions does our family have to create hope in hard times?



#4: Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle


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This wordless story will engage even young readers

(although be careful about little hands tearing the lift-the-flap features!)

A treat for all the tiny dancers.



#5: Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley

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Another wordless book, great for creating words and stories along with the child as you follow the pictures.

Nice photography, nice concept, overall a nice book, but it didn’t particularly grab my attention.



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