Monday, March 14, 2011

Celebrating PICTURE BOOKS!!

I write YA. I write MG. Some of you know that I even dabble in picture books, evident HERE and HERE. So when I stumbled upon The Write-At-Home-Mom blog and the fabulous Megan was hosting a blogfest geared solely toward picture books, I was hooked and signed up. The blogfest was held Thursday, March 10th, a day I normally don't blog. 

Today I'm making amens. I'm sharing with you my favorite picture books. We were supposed to choose one book, but seeing how I missed the original date I decided to choose one PB for each of my four children.

For Josh: The Foot Book
Author: Dr. Seuss

From the publisher: Dr. Seuss's characters explore the zany world of feet.

From a parent's perspective, this book not only is colorful and quick-witted to keep a young child's attention, it's also plain-old fun to read. Sometimes kid's books grow tedious for the adult, especially if a child wants it read over and over again. I loved reading The Foot Book each and every night with Josh. The structure of each sentence or phrase draws a young reader in, giving them a hunger to become the readers we hope them to be in the future...our MG and YA readers.

Heart, Dr. Seuss!!

For Jake: I Love You With All My Heart
Author: Noris Kern

Synopsis: Polo the polar bear questions how his mother can love him with all her heart and learns from his many friends the all-encompassing quality of a parent's love.

This is one of the sweetest books I've ever read. It shows the vulnerability within every child and how important it is to reassure them often of how much they are loved. The images are wonderfully drawn, each with his/her own personality. Love that!!

For Kate: Just In Case You Ever Wonder
Author: Max Lucado

Synopsis: There are certain words that every child longs to hear . . . words of unconditional love, promises of support, prayers of encouragement. Just in Case You Ever Wonder wraps your children in its tender message of love, comfort, and protection, showing them that as they grow and change, you'll always be there for them-whether it's "monsters in the closet" or times when other kids are mean. Beloved author, Max Lucado, helps you express unconditional love for your child, simply, powerfully, and forever. (on B-N-N)

We own the board book version. Kate used to wrap her tiny hands around the hard pages with all her might. It is such a sweet read and a cherished memory for mom.

For CJ: No Matter What
Author: Debi Gliori

Synopsis: A sweet board book edition of a heartwarming story.

This book is all about the 'grump' that lurks in each and every child. The child who was put here to test us at every turn--to test how much we love them, to push and see if there will come a point where we won't love them.

It's beautifully written. 'Big's' patience with 'Little' is awesome, reminding parents as they read how hard it is to be little. 

Here are links to the other amazing writers who've participated in this blogfest. 

1.Megan Bickel11.Sheri Larsen21.Katy Upperman
2.Susanna Hill12.Jennifer Hoffine22.Kiera Parrott
3.Shannon O' Donnell13.Christie Wright Wild23.Lorikeet Design
4.Catherine Johnson14.Lady Jai24.Jim Hill
5.Dawn Embers15.Julie Hedlund25.Pamela Jo
6.Renee Taprell16.Sheery's Place26.Susan Kane
7.Alison Stevens17.Carla Jansen27.Sheery's Place
8.Jessica Stanford18.katharine owens28.Jenny Sharp
9. HOLLY♥19.erinn29.
10.Robyn Campbell20.Danette

Hope you enjoyed and become inspired by these wonderful childhood stories. All are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. Tune in soon and I'll tell you all about my picture book I'm getting ready to query. 

Hearts 2 U All!

Now it's your turn. Tell me one of your favorite picture books.


  1. I loved THE FOOT BOOK when my daughter was younger. Good luck with the picture book query.

  2. I'd probably select a Dr. Seuss book as well.

  3. Great entry! I love that you chose one for each of your kids! : ) And each one is a great choice!

    Thanks for participating!!

  4. I love the Foot Book. I enjoy reading that one to my kids. Good luck with the picture book. You are a woman of many talents.

  5. Crap, sheri, I just spent twenty minutes trying to find the name of the picture books I used to read in my mom's classroom all the time. It was a series about a family of 'dunces?' maybe or something. God, my memory sucks. Anyway, I was always a fan of the Bearenstein Bears and The Magic Schoolbus books too.

  6. I'm actually not a huge Seuss fan, but I love the foot book. It celebrates diversity!

  7. Thanks for sharing your faves with us. You can't go wrong with Seuss.

  8. I can't believe I haven't read any of them. Unfortunately my kids are getting too old for picture books, other than the early readers. :(

  9. Ahhh! Those are AWESOME picture books! I love the list. <3

  10. I love No Matter What. My kids' love The Bugliest Bug.

  11. Honestly, I think it takes a special kind of person to be able to write PBs, and it isn't me! But they are wonderful, magical, things that open doors to imagination in the earliest readers.

  12. YAY Dr. Seuss! I love his books, love reading them to my boys.

  13. Wow! Four great books and I only know one of them (Dr. Seuss, of course). And you've called me out as I had a massive FAIL on the actual day myself. We'll see what I can muster this afternoon. So hard to pick just one.

  14. Great list, S! I'll go with The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss (my favorite)!!!

  15. I see a couple of purchases here that I'll be making for the little ones in my family! Thanks!

  16. My favorite would be "Green Eggs and Ham" I don't know why. I guess it's because it was my first book.

  17. oh, I love all these that you've mentioned. The girls and I also love The Hello Goodbye Window, Sisters, and Horton and the Egg... Yes? xoxo <3

  18. Oh, I love that Max Lucado book! My girls absolutely adore the Big Red Barn, by the same author as Goodnight Moon. We also love the Tale of Three Trees.

  19. I love Max Lucado--I was first introduced to his picture books in high school and have enjoyed them ever since. I haven't read this one, though. Looks like another TBR!

  20. I love your list - must go and find copies of all of them (especially No Matter What - I was always the kid with a grump pushing boundaries!)

    Another Dr Seuss book I haven't read, I really must make amends! Thank you :)


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