Companion Books

I accidentally did something interesting at my last trip to the library.  While browsing the children’s books, I selected one book each from Eric Carle and Margaret Wise Brown.  Honey for a Child’s Heart advocates books by both of these authors for children under the age of one, and I wanted to expand my Bucca’s (and my own) awareness of these authors.  The books I chose were The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle and My World by Margaret Wise Brown.  Without immediately realizing it, I chose companions to books that are already on our shelves: Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Brown’s Goodnight Moon are the partner books.


Stella and I read each author’s books back-to-back.  She was especially interested in Carle’s books as we compared the blue horses in each story.  She was also very intrigued by the large and colorful illustrations of the other animals in The Artist.  This was actually the first book she pointed towards as it was sitting on our coffee table.  Needless to say…this is quite a special book for us now!

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What companion stories have you found in literature for young children?  I’d love to hear your favorites and suggestions!

Happy Reading!

Lindsay (and Bucca)

5 responses

  1. Reagan K Reynolds | Reply

    I absolutely adore Eric Carle’s work. I told my husband I want to decorate our living room with large prints from these books. Another wonderful book that I find absolutely fascinating is Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and William Joyce’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (this book made me tear up when I read it). I recently wrote a review of A. A. Milne’s The House on Pooh Corner. Stop by if you have time!

    1. Thanks! I will take a look! If you’re interested in Carle, have you heard of or been to the Eric Carle Museum of Picturebook Art in MA? It’s my dream to go there soon.

      1. Reagan K Reynolds

        I did not know about this one! How exciting.

  2. I look forward to your blog post! We are currently awaiting “Honey for a Child’s Heart” from our library. In the meantime, here are our companion books we own or have checked out!

    Companion books we have on our shelf:
    Blue Hat, Green Hat and The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton.
    Companion book we have on our shelf and have picked up at the library:
    Bear Wants More and Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

    1. Thanks, T! We are really getting into the Boynton books now…post to come. I hope you like HFACH as much as we do!

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