Here are three recently released picture books that have really blown me away with their creativity, innovation, and potential to make reading even more fun than it already is!
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
“When you THINK you have made a mistake – OOPS – think of it as an opportunity to make something BEAUTIFUL.” So says this inspiring, interactive book all about the potential of scribbles, scraps, smudges, smears, holes, and other forms of being human and making mistakes.
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee
Join ladybug, frog, rabbit, and bear on a unique reading adventure involving a book within a book within a book within…well, you get the idea! My favorite part is the ending, when the last little book closes, and the reader is encouraged to do the next logical thing: “open another!”
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, pictures by Oliver Jeffers
Each one of Duncan’s crayons have a complaint about the way he uses them. They leave a stack of letters for him, which are revealed, one by one, to the reader. Red crayon is tired, says it gets used too much, especially around the holidays. Poor peach crayon has been “naked” ever since Duncan peeled its paper wrapping off! With hilarious text and charming illustrations, this book is a clever rediscovery of how we use colors.