Tag Archives: books for the very young

Triangle

Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen has a cover like an oversized board book and paper pages like a picture book. As you can see by the cover, there are no words, not even the title. Klassen’s distinctive style is apparent, … Continue reading

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Have You Seen Elephant?

David Barrow‘s delightful picture book, Have You Seen Elephant?, is all about turning preconceived ideas upside down. One might think huge elephants would have a difficult time hiding, but everywhere Elephant hides, the boy can’t find him (the reader sees him, … Continue reading

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Worm Weather

Worm Weather is an ode to playing outside, even in rainy, wormy weather. Jean Taft‘s prose is short and poetic, fun to read aloud. There are rhymes, but it never stretches too hard and stays rhythmic and lively throughout. Matt Hunt’s … Continue reading

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Wait

Wait by Antoinette Portis is about a boy who sees many interesting sights while his mother holds his hand and wants to hurry. For a young child, stopping to watch construction or pet a dog is a valuable use of time and … Continue reading

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In

With a palette of black, white and yellow, Nikki McClure portrays intricate and varied ways to stay “in”, until halfway through the book, our main character wants to go “out”. But this character doesn’t want to go out in the … Continue reading

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Smick

Books that have a limited vocabulary for early readers are usually rather drab. Smick, by Doreen Cronin and expertly illustrated by Juana Medina, entertains us with expressive illustrations, unexpected textures (it looks like Smick’s stick is a photo of a real stick, and … Continue reading

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Splat!

An almost wordless book about revenge, Splat! by Roslyn Schwartz brings on a good laugh. After all, what do you wish you could do when a pigeon leaves its mark on you? Warning: scatalogical humour inside.

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If You Plant a Seed

With very few words and gorgeous paintings, Kadir Nelson tells a beautiful story of sharing and bounty. A bunny and a mouse plant a small garden, and are all set to eat the produce when the birds show up. A … Continue reading

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Say Hello Like This

Mary Murphy‘s Say Hello Like This is a fun look at the way animals say hello. “A dog hello is licky and loud…” By turning the half page, we see dogs greeting each other and read “Bow-wow”. The book starts off … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry Bear

Little Bear visits Caterpillar in the wind, the rain and the cold. Each time, Caterpillar says, “Don’t worry, Bear.” Greg Foley‘s simple text and spare illustrations form a perfect story arc. Themes of friendship, transformation and worrying are within Don’t Worry … Continue reading

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