Knowledge Encyclopedia. OK, this is not your typical preschooler book, but my 5 year old devours information faster than I can google it up and loves to look at detailed pictures and diagrams, so this Smithsonian book by DK Publishing is a perfect fit. It’s huge, heavy, and full of information on Space, Science, Earth, Nature, History and the Human Body. Basically a primer in just about every topic other than religion and fashion. Actually, I take that back. There’s an entire section on World Religions. It’s vast and complex, but somehow written in a way that both of us can understand. This is a book we’ll grow into and have on the shelf for many years.
The Day the Crayons Quit. This cute, clever, and funny story written by Drew Daywalt has the crayons taking charge! The illustrations are playful and look so authentic, as if a real kiddo drew them. A talented kiddo, that is. Each crayon has its own personality and its own issue of why they are writing a letter to their owner, little Duncan. Their qualms range from overuse to inner-crayon drama, but luckily work it all out in the end, whew. Peach Crayon makes me giggle every time.
Boy and Bot. Oh, the sweetness of author Ame Dyckman’s story of an unlikely friendship. It’s great for emerging readers with its simple language and vibrant pictures and creates a lot of conversation, “What does affirmative mean? Why is the boy not answering? Is it OK if the robot gets wet?” are just a few.
There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book). Need some silliness in your life? This book by Mo Willems is the latest to add to our library. Elephant and Piggie books are so hilarious that we all crack up while reading it together. It’s fun to have one person be Elephant and one be Piggie — it’s perfect for a beginning reader to learn emphasis and expression. Did I mention funny?
Alexander Girard Color. The sing-songy rhyme of this book is just the icing on the cake set to the mod designs of icon Alexander Girard. The hardcover book makes a unique gift and is worthy to sit out on a coffee table.