I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
My reading has been seriously hindered by the cutest little guy I’ve been cuddling lately. I did manage to read this novel from the same writer who gave us 101 Dalmatians. Once I got through the first 50 pages or so, I was really into the story. The plot seems like nothing interesting can possibly happen to this downtrodden family living in an old castle, and then suddenly it does. The narrator is a teenage girl writing in her diary, which is an enchanting way to read the story.
No words in these books, but the illustrations more than make up for it. Both of my kids loved flipping through them multiple times. The story begins with a girl, whose crayon and imagination take her to a foreign land where she saves a beautiful bird and meets a friend. The second book, Quest, continues her story with her friend as they save the kingdom. SO good.
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
My son loves bears, and this bear story is particularly good. Similar to this one we read last year.
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
This book. SO good. I had seen these book covers around for awhile now (also a scientist and architect version) but hadn’t picked one up. Thank goodness my brother-in-law gifted us this one, because it is a gem. The illustrations are detailed and modern. The writing is witty and rhymes, not to mention a fantastic lesson woven into each story.
Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau by Andrea Beaty
Another winner by Beaty. This book has such lovely illustrations and is so charming. Great lesson about friendship. It would make a perfect birthday gift for a little girl.
Elmer by David McKee
Elmer is the most lovable elephant who can make all the elephants laugh. But he feels like an outcast because he is different. Find out what happens when he disguises his special patchwork skin.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
A beautiful story about making a difference in the world. I especially love how it shows kids that you don’t have to do something flashy to be impactful. I remember reading this in elementary school, and it is just as relevant today.
Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson
I had never read this classic until recently, but it has quickly become a favorite in our house.
Home by Carson Ellis
Ellis is the illustrator behind the teen novel, Wildwood, which I had read in this post. Home is her first picture book and the illustrations are like artwork. I like how it shows my kids about different cultures and eras.
If you have a picky eater (aka every toddler ever), you MUST read them this book.
Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato
The Little Elliot books are about the sweet friendship between an elephant and mouse in New York City. I especially like the lesson in this story about including others into your family when they are alone.
Library books are definitely getting us through the winter days. What have you been reading lately? Help me out with some novels worth starting!