7 Picture Books I Loved (But Didn’t Review) in 2014
Anyone who writes book reviews will tell you that every once in a while you feel like you just nailed it. You do the book justice, you provide insightful critique – it’s all working. Other times, however, you spend so much time trying to nail it that your time runs out. Since I slavishly adhere to the “I only review books during their year of publication” rule, my time has run out on the following seven books.
If you haven’t already, take the time to read them with kids.
A Letter for Leo by Sergio Ruzzier
Leo is a mail carrier who’s never received a letter himself, but when he befriends a little lost bird, things change.
Nancy Knows by Cybele Young
Elephants never forget, or so the saying goes. But Nancy is having trouble remembering something important.
Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead
One of my favorite quotes of the year comes from Grasshopper Jungle: “Good books are about everything”. Philip Stead’s books tend to be about everything – including this one, about a boy who escapes boredom via balloon.
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
What happens when the Hug Machine runs out of hugging power?
The Storm Whale by Benji Davies
Near the seaside home of a boy and his father, a little whale washes ashore. The lonely boy appreciates the company for a while, but knows what must be done.
Sparky! by Jenny Offill; illustrated by Chris Appelhans
A girl orders a sloth through the mail. What she’s expecting is a pet. What she gets is a sloth.
Fox’s Garden by Princess Camcam
A boy’s kindness is repaid by a mother fox in need of shelter. Another excellent entry into the Stories Without Words series from Enchanted Lion Books.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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