I gave in to temptation whilst packing Poet’s books today and opened a few of my favourites. Beautiful stories and whimsical illustrations; so many of my motherhood memories etched into pages.
Children’s picture books are an absolute joy and I often marvel at the ability of the writers; capable of engaging a child and entertaining an adult in so few sentences.
If you’re looking for some new reads I highly recommend the following:
Maudie and Bear is heartfelt and funny and this edition includes four different stories. I adore the way illustrator, Freya Blackwood, has brought Maudie to life; her wardrobe is exceptional! Another Freya Blackwood favourite is Amy & Louis – picture book perfection (especially the backyard playing scenes, such honest depictions of a good, healthy childhood).
Alison Lester’s Magic Beach is an apt read for us right now as we prepare to move to our very own beach house. Her most recent release, Kissed By The Moon, is part poem, part lullaby and if you’re at all hormonal, you’ll be blubbering by the end.
Peepo (which I could recite off by heart) and Spring is Here are two of my favourite books to read to babies and young toddlers. Whilst Peepo is very sing-song, Spring is Here is more poetic…I will never tire of either.
I was introduced to Elsa Beskow when I took Che to a Steiner Playgroup. Emily and Daisy and Pelle’s New Suit are beautiful stories – traditional and magical and imbued with good life lessons. They are best suited to pre-schoolers.
And then there’s Shirley Hughes who really does bring innocent childhood to the page. Her stories are wondrous but it’s her illustrations that really draw you in – so much to look at, so many little details. I always stumble upon old copies of her books at op-shops so keep an eye out! If you prefer to buy new consider The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook and Out and About (one of my all time favourites).
What stories are you currently reading at bedtime? We’d like some suggestions for our next library trip.