Stella-Bucca is now 18 months old and has developed some definite favorites in terms of books, even desiring to “read” some to me as she flips through the pages and recites the lines she remembers from our reading experiences. Here’s a quick rundown of some of Bucca’s recent favorites. I’ve found that all of these have really captured her attention and delighted her to the point of desired multiple readings in one sitting. All except Carle’s book feature a set rhythm that provides a sense of order in the text, which may be a contributing factor in my Bucca’s interest…she LOVES music and dancing, and many of these books can be sung as they’re read.
Our list includes:
Be sure to check them out!
Lindsay (and Bucca)
So I have finally reached a conclusion about my research project for my program: I’m going to investigate unconventional picture books to discover how their characteristics (form, shape, illustrations, text) promote playful experiences for readers. I have a few ideas on what data (actual books) to use within my investigation, including Herve Tullet’s books in the game series. Have you heard of Herve Tullet? He has masterfully captured the possibilities of what can be experienced while interacting with a picture book: his work could be considered a book OR a toy OR a game…which is why I find his books so fascinating (and so does Stella…especially “The Game of Light”). Take a look at some spreads from a few of his books below, but also be sure to access:
- Herve Tullet’s website: http://www.herve-tullet.com/en/accueil.html
- Herve Tullet’s Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hervé-Tullet/e/B001JPBVMG
- Herve Tullet’s Phaidon Page: http://www.phaidon.com/store/childrens-books/herve-tullet/
Corduroy by Don Freeman
This book makes me tear up every single time. If you can get through the final page without tears streaming down your face, then…in the words of Monica Geller on Friends, “You’re dead inside.”
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
The repetition in this story is wonderful to engage young readers, but the reprieve from established expectations is what makes this story so fun and playful.
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
I love how this simple story presents an attitude of optimism that illustrates how a bad day can easily become a good day. This story is a great reminder that individuals have the power to see positive aspects of a given situation and discover the goodness around them.