Friday, February 18, 2011

Children's Books

When I put Bryn in her bed for a nap, her bed doesn't have any books in it. But every time I peek on her she always has a bed full of books. Sometimes I find her asleep completely on top on the books and it cracks me up.
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?

9 comments:

Karen said...

These are all really good picks.

{autie} said...

i love getting recommendations from friends, too! thanks girl! love little blue and little yellow!

Whitney J said...

don't know much about children's books but i love those illustrations you picked out :)

JS said...

Love all these books! They were staples when taught! Have you read swimmy? It is by leo lionni. Anyways alwas fun to hear awesome books!

Mike Wallace said...

LOVE all these illustrators. Really!

Susie Faye said...

Hey Laura, just doing some blog catchup. What a cutie she is! Um, our favorites are: good night moon--I love all that Margaret Wise Brown has done, Teddy bear picnic, The princess and the potty and old school nursery rhyme books.

C and B said...

Hey Laura! This is Cami Sims...I know I haven't talked to you forever, but your blog is so cute and I totally thought about you the other day when my little sis maddy mentioned something about logan! Brynlee is so adorable! And you are as crafty and amazing as I remember :) I am so incredibly sorry to hear about your miscarriages. That is a really depressing thing to deal with but I wish you the best for the future. I always looked up to you so much! You have so many talents and thanks for always being a great example to everyone. Love ya lots!

Nate and Julie said...

Some of our current favorites are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and anything by Mo Willems (specifically Knuffle Bunny and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.) I love children's books and have WAY too many! I like your selections. We might just have to head to the library this week!

Jonathan and Kiri said...

I love children's books. Brown bear, brown bear will always be my favorite. Although it's kind of interesting they changed the ending from a mother to a teacher since we were little!