A regular reader, and author of the incredibly heart warming Living As Herby, has inspired today’s post. No, it is not a poignant and thoughtful post such as his Journal shares (sorry Herb’, just can’t match your wonderful words) but one about picture books!
Recently I wrote a post about Melanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel and a comment from Herby had me waffling away at the poor man. I have my own personal favourites in the age 5+ range, mainly because as an adult I can appreciate their beauty and humour, which I will share below. But, I would like you kind readers to join in today, if you will. What books would you choose to share with young children? I say ‘share’ because I think children are often a convenient excuse for us to own these beauties ourselves!
I have tried to avoid listing books I always mention and go for a little more variety . . .
The Gruffalo Pop Up Theatre Book; The story, the script, a full blown stage and puppets, all tied together in a stunning hard back. What more could you ever want?! Gorgeous.
Albert Le Blanc. Just one of the truly beautiful books by Nick Butterworth. This is possibly my favourite of his due to the melancholy of this lovely bear. I especially love the moment when bright red lipstick is used to give the gentle fella a smile.
Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You. Possibly a little too twee for some, but I think the right amount of sentiment and sweetness to make this book utterly adorable.
How To Live Forever by Colin Thompson. A stunning book telling the tale of a missing tome that threatens to tell the secret to eternal life. Join Peter as he clambers from his cookbook through the library's shelves in search of this infamous book. Possibly better suited to children a little older but so worth a look.
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. All her books are truly magical and this is no exception. Alex Scheffler's illustrations set the rhythmic words into their fairytale setting with such skill, they near take your breath away. Heart warming and fun, a definite must!