Top Ten Picture Books

Weekly Meme/Feature
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
Each week we are invited to post a list of ten ten picks on a variety of book related topics.
 This week is a rewind post- so the topic is open….
My list this week:  Top Ten Picture Books     

Rhyming Dust Bunnies
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas.
Actually any book by Jan Thomas, they are hilarious!
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Pete the Cat-I Love My White Shoes. I am in love with this book and all things Pete the Cat.
The Maggie B
The Maggie B by Irene Haas.
The earliest memory I have of my mom is her reading this book to me.
The Kiss That Missed
The Kiss that Missed by David Melling.
My son’s favourite book when he was age 3.
My all time favourite book for story time.
Shark In The Park
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt. So much fun, perfect to read out loud to large groups.
Smelly Socks
Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch. My favourite by this Canadian treasure.
The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind: An Aesop's Fable
The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind. I love this classic Aesop’s fable.
The illustrations in this are incredible.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. This book is amazing.
Also I have a giant crush on the brilliant (and dreamy) author.
How to Catch a Star
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. (see reason above)
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New Oliver Jeffers

This is Oliver Jeffers
So besides the fact that he’s unbelievably dreamy,he’s also my favourite picture book author and illustrator.
His books are always a hit in my story times and have a wide appeal for many ages including adults. When I saw this trailer for his new title which you can pre-order now and releases in June, I just had to share it.

                 This makes me happy. I can not wait to have this book in my collection.

His other titles: 
The Incredible Book Eating Boy Lost and Found  Stuck How to Catch a Star   Up and Down  The Great Paper Caper
  The Heart and the Bottle   The Way Back Home

Book of the Week: Blackout by John Rocco

Blackout by John Rocco
Published by Hyperion Books May 24th 2011
One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, “Mommm!” His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can’t work on her computer, and Dad can’t finish cooking dinner. What’s a family to do?

My Thoughts:

I was so happy to stumble across this picture book (it just came in to the library) the friday before Earth Hour on Saturday. The book opens with the images of each member of the family in different rooms “doing their own things”. The power goes out, and the family comes together to find ways to wait out the blackout.
Exploring the stars, playing games by flashlight, joining the neighbours for ice cream in the street. 
I shared the story by candle light with my family during earth hour. It’s a wonderful reminder of how easy technology can take over, how dependant we can be on it, but also how easily we can make the choice to put the gadgets away and spend time together.  
After reading it we played flashlight tag. I’ve done this in a preschool group before for a pjamma time program where I had parents and kids bring flashlights and we used them during storytime. It was a big hit! I think it would make a wonderful activity to compliment this story. Great for Earth Day too.

Book of the Week: The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas

The Easter Bunny's Assistant
Published by Harper Collins January 2012
For those of you who know me, you know that I am a HUGE fan of the author Jan Thomas.  I love the humour, the text, the illustrations. They all come together to create fantastic read aloud books for story time. Rhyming Dust Bunnies is my all-time favourite, but this one comes in a close second. The story opens with the Easter Bunny introducing himself and his assistant “Skunk” He begins to tell the steps for dyeing Easter Eggs, but Skunk becomes sooo excited that he lets his smell..well…smell. The Easter Bunny tries to keep his “assistant” calm, but skunk can not contain himself.  Kids and their grown ups with laugh out loud.  
At the end of the books are the steps for “dyeing” eggs. I like how the book also includes instructions on incorporating crayons as well as dye.  Highly recommended.