The library has beckoned us several times over the course of the summer. Here are three of our favorite picture books:
The King of Little Things | Bil Lepp, illustrated by David T. Wenzel
I wish I could remember who recommended this book, because I'd like to thank them! The first page reads: Long ago, on the far side of a mountain, lived the King of Little Things. While other kings busied themselves with the big things of this world, he happily ruled over all things small. The story goes on to tell of all the little things the king has charge of and affection for: things like ants and buttons and petals and bees.
Can you imagine what might happen when another king wants to destroy all the other kings so that he can be king of the whole world? Read this one to find out! This is a captivating story for children, complete with beautiful illustrations, some rhymes, and all sorts of little things throughout the pages of this book to peer at.
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Sangoel has come with his mother and sister from the country of Sudan.
His father was killed in the war, and he holds the name given him by his father with pride. When he arrives in America, everyone pronounces his name wrong and it is suggested that he choose a American name. This is especially frustrating when he goes to school, until Sangoel thinks of a clever way to teach his classmates his name.
I love stories like this that open my kids' eyes to the difficulties and challenges others might face. This story has a delightful ending and it's been a pleasure to read aloud, over and over again.
* * *The Circus Ship | Chris Van Dusen
What happens when a ship carrying circus animals crashes into a rock? The animals swim to shore, surprising an entire village. The villagers are all quite alarmed at the bother of all these circus animals until something happens to win their affections.
When the villagers discover that the circus boss is on his way to find his animals, they rally around their newfound friends and hide them.
With lively, rhyming cadence, Van Dusen tells and illustrates a delightful story. This one makes a perfect read-aloud. Guaranteed giggles.