I was sitting at lunch, eating something not that great tasting (but when you forget your lunch and the owner provides food, you know beggars can’t be choosey), I decided to distract myself with some quick picture book reading. And I found six titles that By George the III! Are pretty darn good. Each of these is a Third or a 3 rating. Not OMG but books I will gladly recommend and might just read a second time.
Here Comes Ocean by Meg Fleming (author) and Paola Zakimi (illustrator) This is a cute anytime story, but due to the end, it is also a good bedtime story. The art is sweet, there is a lot to see on each page. The simple text allows for an easy listen and for early readers to start reading on their own (perhaps with a little help). The ending was a bit sudden for my personal tastes, but overall, this is a book you should pick up and read year around to your child.
My Rainy Day Rocket Ship by Markette Sheppard (author) and Charly Palmer (illustrations) I need to find a copy of the completed book. I had a reader copy and what I found was delightful. However, I have a feeling some of the text and art might be changed a bit. It is colorful and a fun story about imagination and parents helping their children to grow. Really an all-ages book, but you need to find it will fit your child, even students, needs.
Hurry Up!: A Book About Slowing Down by Kate Dopirak (author) and Christopher Silas Neal (illustrations) This is a book about slowing down. The story at the start has a rushed feeling with the colors, text and actions used. The second half has a slowed down feeling due to the same elements, but the ones that have a calming effect. While I am not completely a huge fan of the book, I know a lot of people who I could recommend this to, give to and people that will enjoy this modern tale about Hurry and Slow.
Smashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha, along with Dan Yaccarino (illustrations) If your child likes construction vehicles or trucks in general, this is a great book for them. Aimed at the younger crowd, this book about tearing down and then building up is a different one for your collection. The adults will appreciate what was built in place of rundown buildings, but the child will just like the rhymes and action within the text.
The Ocean in Your Bathtub by Seth Fishman (author) and Isabel Greenberg (illustrator) This is a neat book about science and the ocean in specific. There is a lot to see and read about. It is not close to being a complete look at the ocean and how it affects us, the land and other animals but a good introduction. Can be adapted to most ages, this is a good book for the classroom, but the individual into science or oceans can enjoy it as well.
Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg (author/illustrations) A good story about the true meaning of the holiday. However, I was looking for something more serious with humor and not almost all humor with a little seriousness. The illustrations are not to my personal tastes, but they fit the theme and tone of the book perfectly.