It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers
I haven’t posted a IMWAYR for a while…but I have been reading LOTS of new books! So this Monday, I’m happy to be sharing the first picture books of 2017!
A Greyhound and a Groundhog – Emily Jenkins
Delightful word playful, tongue twisting story about an energetic greyhound and a rolly-poly groundhog. Charming illustrations and so much fun to read out loud.
Pen Pals – Alexandra Pichard
An octopus and an ant are paired up to write letters for a school project in this charming picture book. Charming letters and lovely surprise ending.
A Perfect Day – Lane Smith
This book will be released on Valentine’s Day but I had a chance to read an advance copy and I loved it! Lane Smith is such a clever writer. This book is a delight – funny, charming and sweet. All the animals and insects are having a perfect day, that is, until Bear comes along!
XO, OX A Love Story – Adam Rex
Charming book about a smelly ox and a refined gazelle writing letters to each other. Whimsical illustrations and beautiful prose and a perfect one to add to your Valentine’s collection.
Hug it Out! – Louis Thomas
Fun story about siblings who are made to “hug it out” whenever they fight. So to avoid another “icky hug”, they agree to call a truce. Great story for conflict-resolution and for making connections to siblings spats!
Wolf in the Snow – Matthew Cordell
Care, kindness, cooperation, and discovery fill this delightful, almost wordless picture book about a little girl who gets lost in a snow storm, paralleled with a wolf pup who is lost in the same storm. Oh, this is a lovely book.
Egg – Kevin Henkes
This graphic novel format for very young readers is about 4 different colored eggs – three of them hatch and one doesn’t. What to do? Simple repeating text, large bold illustrations – another winner by Kevin Henkes.
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling – Timothy Basil Ering
This is truly an unexpected and heart-warming story that I adored. It is fantastical tale of a farmer, a gentle old lady, a dancing dog, and one brave, tiny duckling. Gorgeous illustrations and thrilling adventure story – this book is a must read and must share. (Loved Frog Belly Rat Bone – but I think I love this one more!)
Thanks for stopping by! Which book or books have caught your eye?