If You Hold a Seed
by Ella MacKay
This little book takes children through the seasons and the life of a little seed. If you wait very patiently...something magical happens!
by M.C. Helldorfer
illustrated by S.D. Schindler
We will come back to this when we talk about the pioneers. This is the story of the journey a gift makes from an aunt in the East to where a little girl lives in the West (Illinois).
Yoo Hoo, Ladybug!
by Mem Fox
illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist
This is a seek and find book with wonderful collage-style illustrations. Even my youngest loved it! This was one they snuck off into their own rooms to look at over and over. It is written in a repetitive style, which makes it a great one for the older ones to "read" to the younger ones.
by Jessie Hartland
This book travels through the hours of the night and introduces children to many different workers that are busy while they are sleeping, ending at dawn in the all night cafe. It's an introduction to a whole other world!
Not A Stick
by Antionette Portis
Love, love this one! The simple text and drawings are an open door into a wonderful world of imagination. If it's not a stick, then what is it...
Is it Big or Is it Little?
by Claudia Rueda
This is the first children's book I've picked up that introduces the idea of relative size and personal perspective on the way we see the world. A nice springboard for discussion, and intriguing to my kids.
by Petr Horacek
Just as the title says, this is a book of animal opposites. What makes it fun and unique and the pop out pictures, especially the one on the last page!
Oliver and His Alligator
by Paul Schmidb
"Oliver sometimes felt his brave wasn't nearly as big as he needed it to be." Um...yes! I think we are all Oliver! This is such a sweet story about dealing with new situations-perfect for back to school.
********And my FAVORITE recent read**********
Caterina and the Perfect Party
by Erin Eitter Kono
I love Caterina. She is little bird with lots of lots of lists. She loves crafting and knows with enough planning she can make everything perfect! Except that she can't. Because no one can. Life kicks everyone's plans in, even cute fluffy birds with glasses. But...things turn out fine. Even better than she could have planned. This is such a cute story for kids, and honestly stepped all over my controlling Pinterest loving little toes.