With this week's cooler, windy weather, we've spent a lot of time inside reading. I'll share a few of our favorites lately. (I always love hearing about great children's books from friends). I'm a sucker for good illustration, so I always love finding children's books with beautiful illustrations. I usually prefer clean, simple pictures. We love anything by Eric Carle. "The Mixed Up Caterpillar" is one of Bryn's favorite Eric Carle books, but we also love "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". His pictures are always colorful and bold, and I'm a fan. A new favorite author/illustrator that we love is Leo Lionni. We don't own any of his books, but we've been checking them out from the library. "Inch by Inch" is probably Bryn's favorite. She's got it memorized, and I have to hide it from her after the tenth time reading it each day. I love the simple illustrations. And another Leo Lionni book we love is "Little Blue and Little Blue" It's a cute little story where the main characters are colors, and the illustrations are so simple and clever. We also love books by Ezra Jack Keats. I love his flat planes of color and his patterns. "Peter's Chair" is a cute story. And our favorite Ezra Jack Keats book is "Snowy Day". Love it. Lois Ehlert also has awesome books. We love checking out this one from the library. Bryn loves this book! It's teaching her all her vegetables, even funny ones like jicama and kumquat.
We also love Lois Ehlert's other books like "Color Zoo" and "Fish Eyes". She's also the illustrator for Bill Martin's book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom", which is a cute book. Anyway, these are a few of our favorite books with beautiful illustrations. I'm definitely not the pro on children's books or on illustration, so what are your favorites?