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Recent Favorites

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:

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen

bear hunt

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins

hand hand

Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

moo baa

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

caterpillar

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

pout pout

Be sure to check them out!

Lindsay (and Bucca)

Have You Heard of Herve?

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:

Game of Patterns Collage

Finger Worms Collage

Press Here Collage

Recent Favorites

Cover of "Corduroy (40th Anniversary Edit...

Cover of Corduroy (40th Anniversary Edition)

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.”

Cover of "Mama Cat Has Three Kittens"

Cover of Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

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

Cover of "A Good Day"

Cover of A Good Day

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.