It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/18/13

MondayReadingIt’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?  is a fantastic meme hosted over at Teach Mentor Texts.  Here they have a lot of great children’s book recommendations — and lots of picture book recommendations, too.  Please go check them out and link up with them to share your recommendations.

This week we have been reading up a storm!  Here are the picture books we’ve loved.


The Zoo’s Annual Piggyback Race by Matt Harrigan and Illustrated by Melinda Beavers.

The Zoo's Annual Piggyback Race

 My son LOVES this book.  This is the first book that has made my son laugh out loud each time we read it — and we’ve read it about 20 times in the past week.

A fun book about zoo animals participating in a piggyback race.  The end gave us all a good laugh.  My son especially enjoyed hearing me make sound effects.



The Night Horses by Anaka Jones

The Night Horses

 The cover makes you think that this is going to be a serious book about horses — but instead it’s a fun imagining of what the horses do at night.  It’s very funny and my son and I really enjoyed reading it.  My son learned what a comedian is from this book and also what a pedicure is.

Anaka Jones may only be 12, but boy she can entertain my son and me with her storytelling.  The first time we read it five times in a row.  It’s now a bedtime favorite.



Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion

Baby Penguins Everywhere

  This is such a sweet book.  Feel a little overwhelmed sometimes because of your children?  Just need a moment to yourself?  This book does a great job  gently explaining to children that sometimes adults just need a moment.  Yesterday my son asked me, “Mama, do you just need a moment?”  Yes, sweet boy.  Sometimes I just need a moment.

The illustrations are fun and beautiful at the same time.  My whole family loves this sweet book.


Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan and Pamela Lofts

Wombat Stew

  This book is out of print now but you can get used copies of it online.  I picked it up for .50 and it is such a win!

 Friends save their buddy, Wombat, from being made into a stew by tricking the chef, a dingo.  Rather funny and incredibly catchy:

“Wombat stew, Wombat stew, Gooey, brewey, Yummy, Chewy, Wombat stew!”


Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Sonam and Jacky Daviscky Davis

Ladybug Girl at the Beach

  My son loves all things related to Ladybug Girl!  He loves this book and of all the Ladybug Girl books, this one is my favorite.

This is Ladybug Girl’s first time at the beach.  In the beginning, she is a little nervous of the waves.  After some kite flying, ice cream eating, and digging in the sand — she comes to love splashing in the ocean.


Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Bedtime for Mommy

  I think Amy Krouse Rosenthal is such a brilliant author.  We’ve read all of her book so far and I highly recommend all of them.  They’re so creative and witty and TRUE.

This is a wonderful story of a little girl putting her mother to bed.  It’s funny and sweet turning the tables and imagining what it would be like for the child to put her parents to bed.

We read this book together as a family and giggled through it.


Lucia and the Light by Phyllis Root and Illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Lucia and the Light

 Phyllis Root is another favorite.  I decided to check out all of the books I could by her.

This is the story of a little girl, Lucia, who leaves her family in search of the sun when night fails to turn into day.  She has to go on a long journey and outwit some nasty trolls to do so.  A very fun and thrilling adventure!

My son has specifically asked for me to read this book to him several times.  It’s a little scary for a two-year-old boy but don’t tell him that.  He think the trolls in this book are fascinating and wondered if the sun really could be wrapped up in cloth.


Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto

CaptainFlinn  We read this book daily!  He loves the Pirate Dinosaur song in this book.

  “Yo ho ho!  Yo ho ho!  Somethingy, something! Go! Go! Go!

   In reading this book my son made the observation that none of the humans have tongues.  I was impressed that he noticed this.


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

  This is an amazing nonfiction picture book of Philip Petit’s tightrope walking performance between the two towers of the WTC.

  It’s beautiful and crazy and TRUE.  We loved it!  (Admittedly, I loved it more than my son — but he’s 2 and I think in a few years he’ll love it as much, if not more, than I do.)


Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root and Illustrated by Randy Cecil

Looking for a Moose

“Have you ever seen a moose — a long-leggy moose — a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose?”

The first time I read this book to my son I tripped all over my own tongue and fell flat on my face.  I just couldn’t get the rhythm right and it felt awkward and all wrong.  Then I regrouped and on the second reading I rapped it.  Yup, I rapped it.  Both my son and I fell in love with this book once I got the hang of it.  I had to concentrate to read it to the pace I had set, but it was so much fun.  My son wanted me to read this to him again and again and each time I did — I got better at it.

This is the first book in a long time that I have vowed to memorize because it is so much fun to perform.


Marvin Makes Music by Marvin Hamlisch and Illustrated by Jim Madsen

Marvin Makes Music

  This is a wonderful book about Marvin Hamlisch’s childhood audition and acceptance to Julliard.  It’s inspiring and our piano has gotten significantly more use this week than usual — maybe because of this book?

I also discovered Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday over at  What a great site!


Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo?  by Carlyn Beccia


    Another nonfiction picture book with gorgeous illustrations and fascinating facts about the history of the circus.  Not exactly a book for the faint of heart.  It definitely has some creepy and spooky images — but it also has a lot of beautiful images.

Great vocabulary and a very interesting topic!


Captain No Beard by Carole P. Roman

Captain No Beard

  In our house a day without Captain No Beard is like a day without sunshine.  My son loves this book and we read it over and over and over again.

My son also enjoys acting out various scenes from this book.  It’s pretty cute hearing a 2 year old say, “Shiver me timbers!”

 It’s a lot of fun reading this book to my son.

 All of the illustrations are done by hand and is self-published by Carole P. Roman.


Waterloo & Trafalgar by Olivier Tallec

Waterloo and Trafalgar This book is amazing!  I was completely blown away by it.  It is absolutely brilliant.  Everyone should be talking about this book for a long, long time.

It’s a wordless picture book about two characters, Waterloo and Trafalgar, who are at war with each other.  They can only see each other when they peek over their respective walls and they do many things to antagonize each other.  Finally, they are forced to come face to face.  When they do, it will surprise and charm you.

The illustrations are beautiful and they tell this amazing story perfectly.


FTC Disclosures: I received a review copy from the authors for several of the books mentioned above.  No other compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks for sharing these titles. I’ll definitely have to look for them and read them so I can recommend them to our customers. I love when parents perform stories in unconventional ways- rapping!


    • Thank you for stopping by and for the comment! I hope you enjoy the books and find some happy homes for them.

      🙂 Yeah, my husband started reading Looking for a Moose and I told him he had to rap it. After he got used to it — he also had a good time. 🙂


  2. I’m a high school teacher but decided that this year I’m going to read one picture book a day. So, we’re mid-March and I’m starting to feel like I know something about picture books now and I read your blog and there are a million (almost) titles and I haven’t read one of them! Which is awesome, because I won’t have to worry about running out of titles, but also makes me think, “What have I been reading???” I did see a Ladybug book at the library today, but I didn’t check it out so I’ll get it next time. Thanks so much for all the titles and your son’s reaction to them.


    • Thank you for the comment! It made my day.

      I love that you’re reading a picture book a day. Aren’t they amazing? I’ve be so impressed. They are these incredible works of literature and art wrapped up in an unassuming book for children. 🙂 Do you have any favorites yet? Or ones that really surprised you?

      I feel the same way about reading other blogs and book lists and wondering “What have I been reading???” I’ve read thousands of picture books and I’m still discovering new authors and illustrators. I can’t believe how many there are. There’s definitely no need to worry that you’ll run out of picture books.



      • You’re right about the “incredible works of literature and art.” I’m always particularly amazed by the art. There have been quite a few that I’ve absolutely loved – Scary Carrots and A Splash of Red come to mind at this moment. I’m excited that my library has Eight Days Gone so I can check it out this week. 🙂


  3. I love Phyllis Root, so I must find Lucia and the Light! I believe do to repeated readings with my kids, I can recite One Duck Stuck by heart, still to this day. Thanks for sharing so many great titles with kid reactions, which are always a great endorsement!


  4. Wow-so many to try to find. I loved The Man Who Walked Between the Towers-great story! I’ll look for the Rosenthal-she writes wonderful books. I liked hearing about The Night Horses-it does look serious so glad to hear what it’s really about. Thanks for telling about so many good ones!


  5. I love when I read the blogs about picture books because it gives me insight in what to checkout/buy for my kids! I mostly read YA, so I love these book recs! My daughter loves LadyBug Girl 🙂 My kids lovvve animals, so the Zoo Animals’ Piggyback Race will be great for them.
    I’ve read The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, and the illustrations were magnificent. I love great non-fiction picture books.


    • It’s exciting to see that with the shift of focus in education towards nonfiction/facts that there will be more and more nonfiction picture books. I’m looking forward to seeing what all comes out.

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it! 🙂


  6. Oh wow, there are sooo many lovely picture books here. I am also glad to hear about your child’s thoughts about the books. I haven’t read any of the titles here yet, so I’d be sure to be on the lookout for them. The covers all look very inviting. I know about The Man Who Walked Between the Towers but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Enjoy the rest of your week.


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