Thursday, May 10, 2012

CBW Roundup: Elementary Picture Books

There are so many great picture books out there.  But when I asked the staff about their favorites, these were some of the ones that came up.

These are lovely stories for even the smallest readers (I memorized "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher" by age three).  After more than a hundred years, Potter's delicate sketches and watercolors continue to bring the English countryside to life.    

by Judi and Ron Barrett 
In the town of Chewandswallow, hamburgers fall from the sky and it rains soup.  So what happens in bad weather?

 The Composer is Dead, by Lemony Snicket and Carson Ellis, music by Nathaniel Stookey and the San Francisco Orchestra
Snicket's dark humor makes this symphony hall murder mystery a must-read.  The accompanying audio CD contains music and clues to solving the crime.

This spirited summer tale is full of bright, comic-y illustrations that really feel like summer.
Dr. De Soto, by William Steig
It's impossible to forget the daring De Soto.  William Stieg's ink and watercolor cartoons of the clever mouse dentist make this book one of our favorites.

The works of James Herriot, illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown
James Herriot was a veterinarian who spent his later life writing for children.  Barrett and Brown's illustrations of the animals in these heartwarming stories seem simultaneously real and impressionistic.  

Let's Do Nothing, by Tony Fucile 
"A master of animation explores the elusive art of doing nothing in this comical tale of two very active imaginations."  This book is hilarious, and the characters just jump off the page.

The Library, by Sarah Stewart and David Small
A rhyming book for bibliophiles young and old.

-More picture books tomorrow!-

Kim Prosise

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