Books — the kind for kids, little, little kids

I am enjoying reading kids books more than I thought I would–well, some of them. I’m generally not a huge fan of the maudlin, poetic, “I love you” books, but I do like the more “character-driven” ones, if you can say that about a board book or a picture book.

I am really digging Mo Willems in particular. Che loves Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, which he received as a gift. He would just lagh and laugh at it, so I also bought The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, and several other books. Che also received Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Taleas a gift, and subsequently, “Aggle flaggle!” is now an expletive in our house.

I love that Willems creates characters who, though imaginary, feel real. There’s a verisimilitude to them. The pigeon wheedles us and throws temper tantrums. Trixie gets frustrated that her father has no clue what she’s trying to say. They aren’t merely characters who behave and are cute.

You can check out Willems’ website. It’s also cool that he lives in Noho. I also just read that he is going to be appearing at the Holyoke Barnes & Noble later this month.

Che also just received two books by Leslie Patricelli. She has very simple drawing, but the concepts are very fun. Higher! Higher! shows both imagination and perspective. Baby Happy Baby Sad (Leslie Patricelli board books) gives an emotional frame of reference to a child — and they are both just fun books.

As I mentioned, I have been pleasantly surprised by how fun some of these books are. I also like to embellish the stories, of course. Check them out below:


4 thoughts on “Books — the kind for kids, little, little kids

  1. Kerri says:

    I’ve always been afraid to admit it, but I’m also not a fan of the “I Love You” type books. Maudlin is the perfect adjective for those. When I worked in a preschool and as a nanny, I would cringe when kids asked for those books to be read to them. Wow, I feel like I just came out somehow for confessing this.

    One of my favorites is Sheep in a Jeep.

  2. heidi says:

    Sheep in a Jeep looks fun! I’ll have to check it out. I hear you on the love books. I actually do kind of like “Guess How Much I Love you” — but again, largely because it is playful, not maudlin. There’s a whole world out there! I always make sure to read the name of the author and illustrator for Che, so he eventually learns the importance of writers and artists.

  3. Melanie says:

    My favorite book for little kids is Hippos Go Berserk (Sandra Boynton). I’ve read it hundreds of times to the babies I know, and it still cracks me up.

  4. Allyson says:

    My daughter LOVES Knuffle Bunny. We read it every night! I heard that the author insists upon pronouncing the ‘K’, but my husband and I just can’t seem to consistently get our brains to do it! I also love reading books to my kids that have their names in them. I’ve done multiple amazon searches to make sure I have them all. They seem to dig books that might just be about them!

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