Recently Read: Great Picture Books (16)!

A look at some wonderful picture books that I have had the pleasure of reading lately! All are titles I have read and enjoyed and would recommend. Let’s start off with two funny books featuring bears: first up is Don’t Feed the Bear by Kathleen Doherty, illustrated by Chip Wass, a riotous story about an escalating battle of wit and words between a determined-to-get-food bear and an equally stubborn ranger (a bit of a loving nod to Yogi Bear and Disney’s Humphrey the Bear!); second up is Bear and Chicken by Jannie Ho, an adorably illustrated title that gently builds up tension between an anxious chicken and the hungry bear who rescues her from the cold (…this book would pair nicely with That Is Not A Good Idea! or The Doghouse!). Next is Red Sky at Night, from paper artist Elly MacKay, which looks at various weather sayings (e.g.red sky in the morning, sailors take warning) with beautiful, dreamlike accompanying pictorial representations. If you’d like to take a wonderfully sweet trip across Canada, may I recommend Linda Bailey and Kass Reich‘s terrifically told and illustrated Carson Crosses Canada, about a sparkling, funny dog and his equally sparkling and awesomely adventurous owner. Readers who love stories about invention and treehouses, be sure to check out Carter Higgins and Emily Hughes‘s glorious Everything You Need for a Treehouse, a book to inspire and to be pored over and read again and again. If you’re looking for a cat-centred jewel of a picture book with minimal text, try Isabelle Simler‘s marvelously illustrated Plume. Sophie Blackall’s latest title is Hello Lighthouse, a fascinating- and gloriously illustrated- detailed look inside a lighthouse and the life of its current keeper. Last but definitely not least we have I Walk with Vanessa: A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët, a remarkable, necessary wordless picture book.

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Must Read Monday (4): Picture Books

Welcome to the fourth edition of Must Read Monday! On Mondays I will spotlight some new and/or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction!

This is the second week in a row I am featuring recently released picture book titles (both fiction and non-fiction); there’s just so many wonderful titles- by acclaimed authors/illustrators- I am eager to read!

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Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett (Published March 24th 2015 by Templar, earlier edition published in 2014)

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess, illus. Kris Di Giacomo (Published April 7th 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books)

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins, illus. Sophie Blackall (Published January 27th 2015 by Schwartz & Wade)

My Pen by Christopher Myers (Published March 10th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion)

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illus. Christian Robinson (Published January 8th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)

Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead, illus. Matthew Cordell (Published March 3rd 2015 by Roaring Brook Press)

If you’d like to join Must Read Monday, please do! Link up or leave a comment about what you’re looking forward to reading- I love to hear what other readers have on their radar!