Hi, guys! We have another round of “Staff Picks” for you, this time from our South Dallas Assistant District Manager, Brecah Walsh-Helm. Brecah has three little ones (19 month old twin boys, and a brand new baby girl) so between work and home, she knows all about picture books and storytime! Says Brecah, “Here are some great picture books that are fun and silly, perfect for summer reading with your kids!”
“DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!” by Mo Willems
When the driver leaves the bus temporarily, he gives the reader just one instruction: “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus.” But that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in the driving seat. He whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive?
“HARRY THE DIRTY DOG” by Gene Zion
Harry, a white dog with black spots, hates baths so much that when he hears his bathwater running he buries his scrub brush and runs away. Harry has a great time getting filthy in the dirt but soon is tired and hungry, He returns home, only to find his family doesn’t recognize him, even after he performs all the tricks he knows. What will Harry do?
“CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS” by Judi Barrett
In Chewandswallow, meals rain from the sky at appropriate times of the day, but a change in the weather blows in massive problems. “Prediction: Children dreaming up their own weather menus are sure to follow up on the fun.”–Booklist. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year.
“OLIVIA” by Ian Falconer
“THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS” by A. Wolf (and Jon Scieszka)
You may think you know the story of the “Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf” – but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history. This is a hilariously inventive retelling of the popular story which “Publishers Weekly” called the ‘Funniest book of the year.’
Which other picture books would you recommend for storytime at your local HPB?