As a kid, Each Peach Pear Plum was one of the first picture books that I read in Kindergarten. It was a favorite of mine at the time, but for some reason it isn’t particularly memorable in my internal catalog of awesome children’s picture books. BUT, each time I happen to pass by a copy at the library my heart does a little leap for joy as I am reminded “Oh yeah, this one!” I’m pretty confident that Each Peach Pear Plum is one of the books that everyone in my generation read in preschool and kindy. It brings back feelings of nostalgia and the pure joy of reading for fun we all felt as kids. I adore books that rhyme and that invite active reader participation so the thought of getting to search through the beautiful illustrations to play a game of “I spy” while reading the sing-song verse will always give me butterflies..that is, if I happen to pass a copy.
No Matter What written by Debi Gliori is the very FIRST picture book on this blog to receive a 10/10 rating. I make it a habit to review books that I read and loved as a child, or that I have discovered with my children however this book was first brought to my attention by my darling 4 year old niece. As she tromped down the stairs to our reading corner at grandma’s house, carrying an armful of books, she sat down beside me, shuffled through them and demanded we read this one first. Yes ma’am! I was blown away by the simple message of unconditional love shared between Large Fox and Small Fox. The verbiage is simple and funny, rhyming where appropriate. In combination with the bright, well done illustrations and the memories of my niece giggling with glee at the story, this is currently my favorite lap reader. Every child I know will be receiving their very own copies for the foreseeable holiday future. I recommend this book for ages 1 through 1st grade.
This bedtime (or anytime) book is a perfect lap reader for little ones and has been read hundreds of times in my home to the little people I love. The rhyming verse is so memorable that after a few reads little’s and big’s alike will have it memorized. The illustrations done by Caroline Jayne Church feature recycled paper backgrounds and a pre-k little boy along his partner-in-crime, a teddy bear. This book makes a wonderful baby shower or holiday gift and will without a doubt become a classic treasured part of any little’s library, just as our own copy has. I recommend this board book for children ages 9 months through 1st grade (or older if you can still convince them to snuggle).
Sure to become a classic, Emily’s gentle singsong rhyme delivers a sweet reminder that we can all be quite wonderful. Her charming illustrations pull the reader in and invite them to explore their imaginations and appreciate individuality. The Wonderful Things You Will be by Emily Winfield Martin encourages bravery, cleverness and kindness in children. To the adult reader, it serves as a reminder of our past playful aspirations and nudges us towards acceptance and celebration of them, even if they’re a bit odd. This book makes an excellent lap reader for the pre-school and younger crowd.
How to Eat Fried Worms, first published in 1973, is Thomas Rockwell’s most popular middle reader for good reason. The main character, Billy, accepts a wager from his friend Alan that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. They shake on the terms and the hilarity ensues. Alan doesn’t want to have to pay up but Billy refuses to concede – after all, when he wins that $50 bet, he’ll be able to buy his very own motorbike! Who knew there were so many tasty ways to eat a worm? This disgustingly humorous read will have little boys gagging on giggles for days.