I would love to work in a children’s bookstore. I would love reading all of the new books coming into the store, searching out new books that would soon become favourites on a family’s bookshelf, and chatting with customers to find out their interests and suggest new stories. Children’s books are, without a doubt, my favourite genre of book. I love how clever they can be, how well written they are, the beautiful illustrations, and the occasional song or rhyme! I have written a few blog posts already, about some of our favourites. If you’re interested, have a look at: Pigs, Dragons & a Superhero Princess: Chapter Books we love for our 6-year old; Reading with young children: Recommended books for babies and toddlers; and Finally branching out from indestructible cardboard to paperback.
If you’re still looking for more excellent books to check out … read on! My eldest and I have been reading some chapter books together lately, which has been really fun. I love having a story that stretches over a few nights. But we still both enjoy a good picture book (as does my youngest of course!). These are some of our current favourites:
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt: This is such a unique and creative story. Presented as a collection of letters from Duncan’s crayons, it’s funny, entertaining, and paired with great illustrations.
Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich: This book was a gift to the girls from my best friend, and it quickly became one of my favourites. Such a sweet story and message, and great illustrations to match.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney: This was another find by my best friend! I love the story of Miss Rumphius, and the impact she makes on our world.
Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald: This is a sweet story of a beaver who heads off in pursuit of a sad friend that he hears across the lake – and ends up making new friends along the way!
The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith: I haven’t read the prequel to this book, but the Dinky Donkey is a fun read! I love the use of rhyming and repetition that makes this a favourite of kids.
The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg & Janet Ahlberg: This is currently my eldest daughter’s favourite story. I remember this one from when I was little! The story follows the jolly postman as he delivers mail to well known characters such as the big bad wolf, the 3 bears, Cinderella, and more. The best part, and my daughter’s favourite part, is that the letters are tucked into little envelopes throughout the book for you to read.
Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic: This is a cute story about a duck who decides not to fly south with his flock for winter. He is instead taken in by a kind woman named Irene (and her large group of pets) and quickly makes himself at home …
Hog in the Fog by Julia Copus: This is the story of Harry the Hog, and the day that he didn’t show up for tea at his friend Candy Stripe Lil’s house. It’s a very clever tale, and the artwork is fabulous.
Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker: This is another one of my very favourite books. I instantly fell in love with the sweet story, humour, and gorgeous illustrations. We have A Bedtime for Bear as well, which is just as lovely.
Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett: This book chronicles the adventures of a meerkat named Sunny, as he searches for the perfect place to live. His journey is told through a series of cute and humourous postcards that he writes to his family back home.
Maple by Lori Nichols: This is the sweetest book about a little girl named Maple, and the tree her parents planted for her when she was born.
Take your time by Eva Furrow & Donna Jo Napoli: This is a lovely book that reminds us of how important it is to be ourselves. The beautiful and unique illustrations compliment this story perfectly.
Quiet bunny and noisy puppy by Lisa Mccue: Illustrations of wintry snow scenes have always been a favourite of mine, and this book is no exception! The beautiful illustrations are paired with a very sweet story about the adventures of two unlikely friends.
A Song for all seasons by Margaret Wise Brown: The combination of beautiful rhymes and gorgeous illustrations is what sold me on this book! It is one of my daughter’s favourites as well.
Lift the Flap Questions & Answers about Animals by Usborne books: This is such a fun (and informative!) book. Our eldest daughter loves this book, and she has learned so many interesting animal facts from it. We re-read it often!
Rabbit & Bear books by Julian Gough: We have book #2 in this wonderful series, called The Pest in the Nest. This story is humourous and entertaining, and a definite favourite of our daughter!
Kuwi’s First Egg by Kat Merewether: This is another one of my favourites. This is the story of Kiwi and her first egg. She isn’t sure how to care for her egg, and worries that she’s not doing the best job that she could. It’s such a sweet story, and the illustrations are just lovely.
Do you have any other favourite picture books that the girls and I should check out? I’d love to hear about them! And if you know of any children’s bookstores looking to hire … :)
Note: All photos are taken by me, of our books at home.