I never have three favorite children's books...usually there are about 50. At BYU I took a children's lit class from a teacher that we called Miss Julie...so funny to have college students just Miss Julie. She was a pre school teacher and was one of those people that is just full of magic. She had a twinkle in her eye and brought crates of books to each class. Her class was so easy (especially compared to others that had lots of reading and lots of projects) and she literally read books to us and taught us tricks to pass along that book magic to kids. She would pick books up and litereally hug them...it was so funny...but we knew how much she valued and loved books.
I loved books before her class, but after her class it gave them more meaning and more magic.
AND since we are hard core packing this week I wanted to document some of our "right now" favorites before we pack them up!
The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza
This is a twist on the little red hen but it is HILARIOUS. We giggle about "pickled anchovies" and pizza makes everythign better--even books. The illustrations are a story in and of themselves. My mom got them for Caroline for Christmas and we just can't see ourselves getting tired of it anytime soon.
Nature Anatomy and Farm Anatomy
I've always collected fictional stories but Caroline's love of these books remind me that nonfiction is just as important. I lovelovelove the illustrations of these books and they give you just the right amount of information. When we see a flower or food or plant or cloud or bug or animal we go to these books. Caroline loves just perusing the pages and I've caught her on several occasions just reading through and taking in all of information. There is also a food anatomy book that we will probably get sometime this year.
This is a pretty popular one and Uni the Unicorn will totally steal your heart. I love Amy Krause Rosenthal and it is so sad that she passed away this year because her books are pure reading magic. The story is sweet but the whimsical and bold illustrations take this story to a whole new level. Duck! Rabbit! is another favorite that she wrote...so funny!