Saturday, May 28, 2011

5. Books to Grow On

Select books about the lessons and joys of childhood:

It's Great to Be You: Cloudette written and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Christy Ottaviano Books, $16.99, 2011) A little cloud discovers that she doesn't have to be big to make a difference. And, Bugs in a Blanket created by Beatrice Alemagna about being happy with how you look. Bugs embroidered onto fabric learn to accept each other just as they are. (Phaidon, $12.95, 2009)
Friendship: Bee and Bird, written and illustrated by Craig Frazier (Roaring Brook Press, $16.99, 2011). A mesmerizing wordless tale of a bee and bird's epic journey. Bold, happy graphics are set against a clear, sunny sky. A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Roaring Brook Press, 2010, $16.99) -- An elderly zoo keeper is nursed back from a cold by the animals he cares for in this year's Caldecott winner.
Pretend: Give The Loud Book with The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwaska (Houghton Mifflin, $12.99, 2010-11). Both celebrate kids being kids with adorable furry friends. Or a pair of Suzy Lee's wordless gems, Wave and Shadow, about a girl's joyful play. In the first she plays chase with an ocean wave, and in the second she imagines shadows are creatures. (Chronicle, $15.99, 2008-10)
Caring: A selection by Patrick McDonnell: The Gift of Nothing, Hug Time, and Just Like Heaven: A Mutts Childrens Book. (Little Brown, $14.99, 2005-2007) Mutts creator McDonnell inspires readers to cherish nature, put friends above things and appreciate what is here and now. These are sure to make moms' and dads' hearts go pitter-patter too.
Being Little: Amy Krouse Rosenthal Collection: Pair My Baby Book: A Keepsake Journal (Potter Style, $16.99), with A Little Books Boxed Set Featuring Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink (Chronicle, $19.99, 2009) -- three adorable board books about bedtime, dinner and cleaning up.

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