Recently Read: Great Picture Books from Carey Sookocheff, Jonathan Fenske & more!

Some great picture books I’ve recently read and would recommend!

Let’s start off with a lovely new picture book from Canadian author-illustrator Carey Sookocheff:

Wet by Carey Sookocheff*
Publication: June 20, 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.
This is a quiet, restrained, straightforward story about- you guessed it!- everything wet. From slowly lowering into a pool, to the ever-present puddle at the bottom of a slide, to happy wet kisses from pets, a young boy takes us through the ups and downs of things that get wet. There’s a calm and sweet end to the story that adds to the book’s already-peaceful, perfect-for-nighttime feel. Sookocheff, illustrator of the Buddy and Earl series, has a wonderfully clear, unfussy style of illustration, and uses a suitably delicate colour palette to go along with her latest quiet, gentle story.


Now here are three terrifically fun, slightly wacky, perfect-for-storytime picture books:


I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor, illus. Jean Jullien
Publication: July 11, 2017 by Candlewick Press

The team behind one of my go-to preschool read alouds- Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise– is back with a Halloween-ready story about a little monster who claims to want to be in a scary story…but does monster really want the spookiness and frights that go along with starring in a scary story? This is a slightly more text-heavy picture book, but the interactive element and story is so appealing that I think this could be perfect for a preschool and up ages storytime.


Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske
Publication: April 25, 2017 by Scholastic Press

Fenske, author-illustrator behind the delightfully zany Barnacle is Bored, is back with a follow-up of sorts. No Barnacle this time, but starring a pink plankton, Plankton is Pushy is a Mo Willems’-esque story about manners and patience. Plankton is a surprisingly determined protagonist, and readers of all ages will be on edge to see what happens when his silent- and arguably impolite co-star- Mussel- finally reacts.


Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough
Publication: July 18, 2017 by Philomel Books

Mike Malbrough’s debut picture book looked so appealing and adorable that it was on one of my Must Read Monday posts. I’m happy to say that Marigold Bakes a Cake is just as delightful and madcap as I hoped. Orange tabby cat Marigold- a serious, composed baker on Mondays- is the star of the book, with an awesome assortment of birds that make for one bonkers mess. Malbrough’s illustrations are so expressive and vibrant- super!


*I received a hardcopy of Wet courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.


From Cover to Covet (2): Let’s look at picture books and expressions

Welcome to the second ‘From Cover to Covet’! I had so much fun with the first one, I wanted to do a second one right away!

There are so many gloriously designed, stunning, moving, unique, eye-catching covers I see in my library work and in my personal reading, and I want to give them (and their creators!) a little bookish love here.

These posts will show a mixture of newer and older titles, titles I’ve read, titles I haven’t, and everything from picture books to young adult lit, adult fiction to comics.

Let’s take a look at some utterly perfect, (facially) expressive covers:


Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story by Sam Lloyd
Wild by Emily Hughes
Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien
Goodnight Already! by Jory John, illustrated by Benji Davies
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison

Recently Read: Fun Picture Books

If you searching for or in the mood to share some funny picture books with children- at a library storytime or one-on-one reading- I’d give the following titles a try!





Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illus. by Zacharia OHora
I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty, illus. by Mike Boldt
Second Banana by Keith Graves
Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali, illus. by Raphaelle Barbanegre*
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illus. Jean Jullien
Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein
William & the Missing Masterpiece by Helen Hancocks
Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood, illus. Claudia Rueda
Here Comes to Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood, illus. Claudia Rueda









*Note: I received a digital galley of Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs courtesy of Tundra Books/Random House of Canada Limited via NetGalley.