My youngest child, my BABY, is six today. Since I paid tribute to his brother last month, I wanted to share some of his favorite picture books. Of my three children he’s the mellowest, the gentlest, the quietest. He’s the one who always thanks my husband and me for everything — from food to books to a fun day out. And while his two older siblings can get into it with each other, they are both ridiculously protective and loving toward their baby brother. We never planned on three children, so he was the ultimate surprise: a delightful final child. He can read books on his own now, but he loves to be read to, and these are among his all-time faves
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl.
But one day – “Ah-choo!” – he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
Philip C. Stead’s gently humorous tale of friendship and dedication is illustrated by his wife Erin E. Stead’s elegant drawings, embellished with subtle hints of color.
“Lost and Found” by Oliver Jeffers
What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely!
“The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” by Mordicai Gerstein
“Once there were two towers side by side. They were each a quarter of a mile high; one thousand three hundred and forty feet. The tallest buildings in New York City.”
“The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss
“But now,” says the Once-ler, “now that you’re here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”
“Roberto Clemente” by Jonah Winter
On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until–eventually–he made it to the Major Leagues. America! As a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he fought tough opponents–and even tougher racism–but with his unreal catches and swift feet, he earned his nickname, “The Great One.” He led the Pirates to two World Series, hit 3,000 hits, and was the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. But it wasn’t just baseball that made Clemente legendary–he was was also a humanitarian dedicated to improving the lives of others.