1000 Picture Books in 2016~May

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The 1000 Picture Books in 2016 Reading Challenge has encouraged me to read a greater variety of picture books. I hadn’t read many wordless picture books or nonfiction picture books until I participated in this challenge. Hooray for reading challenges!

Visit my January-April posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read so far this year. Here’s my top 15 picks from my May reading list. Happy reading!

Top 15 picks for May!

1. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Flora and the Flamingo

2. Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow

Have You Seen Elephant

3. How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

4. What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot by Michelle Robinson

What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot

5. Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Finding Wild

6. Ollie and Claire by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Ollie and Claire

7. I Am Otter by Sam Garton

I Am Otter

8. Cock-a-Doodle Oops! by Lori Degman

Cock-a-Doodle Oops

9. Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

Thunder Boy Jr

10. Snoring Beauty by Sudipta Quallen Bardham

Snoring Beauty

11. The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

The Princess and the Pig

12. I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

I Need My Monster

13. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

Sidewalk Flowers

14. The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

The Snatchabook

15. Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford

Infinity and Me

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1000 Picture Books in 2016~April

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Hooray for reading challenges! I am determined to read 1000 picture books in 2016. Visit my January-March posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read so far this year. This month, I decided to showcase my favorites from my April reading list. Happy reading!

Top 15 picks for April!

1. Chicken Lily by Lori Mortensen

Chicken Lily

2. Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Meerkat Mail

3. The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino

The Cow Who Climbed a Tree

4. Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run

5. The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

The Bear and the Piano

6. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

7. Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

8. My Name is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee

My Name is Elizabeth

9. If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

If You Want to See a Whale

10. Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Let's Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy

11. Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Exclamation Mark

12. The Grumpy Pets by Kristine A. Lombardi

The Grumpy Pets

13. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

14. Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi

Dear Tabby

15. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

Dear Mrs. LaRue

Big Bad Bubble + More Marvelous Books By Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri

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We are huge Adam Rubin/Daniel Salmieri fans. I get the same response every time we read one of their books. “Read it again, Mom!” And again. And again. And again. All their books are clever, fun to read, and down right hilarious. Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri make a great picture book team. Daniel Salmieri’s art is a perfect match for Adam Rubin’s words.

Those Darn Squirrels

those darn squirrels

Old Man Fookwire is a grump who only likes to paint pictures of birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them to stay by putting up beautiful birdfeeders filled with seeds and berries. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on the feeders. The conflict escalates—until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that charms the old grump.

Squirrels love to pester our dog, but this squirrel crossed the line.

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Gutsy squirrel eating Charlie’s food!

Secret Pizza Party

secret pizza party

How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What’s a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!
But shhh! It’s a secret! In fact, you should probably just forget I told you. Nope, no secret pizza party happening here.You didn’t already tell all your friends, did you? Uh oh . . .

Be prepared for pizza requests after reading Secret Pizza Party!

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Sophie enjoying her pizza after reading Secret Pizza Party.

Dragons Love Tacos

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Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

Sophie made her dragon pretend tacos after reading Dragons Love Tacos.

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Pinky the dragon.

Big Bad Bubble

big bad bubble

An ordinary bubble may seem pretty harmless to you. To the monsters of La La Land, however, a fragile, shimmering bubble is an object of terror, and when the frightening habits of bubbles are detailed by a fear-mongering monster, Yerbert, Froofle, and Wumpus run away and cry. But with encouragement from the narrator and from readers—“Go on, Wumpus, you can do it. (Tell Wumpus he can do it.)”—the three learn to confront their fears and triumph over the bubbles!

Big Bad Bubble is by far my children’s favorite Adam Rubin/Daniel Salmieri book. It is wonderful when we discover books that they BOTH love. Mason, six, and Sophie, two, think Big Bad Bubble is the funniest book ever written.

Mogo’s fear of bubbles began when a chewing gum bubble attacked his face when he was a young monster.

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Mogo teaches the other monsters why they should fear bubbles. Bubbles are sneaky. They travel in packs. Summer is the feeding frenzy for bubbles.

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The narrator encourages the reader to disagree with Mogo, and to cheer on the other monsters.

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Tell Wumpus he can do it.

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Yerburt, use you fangs.

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Froofle, use your claws.

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Mogo finally discovers that he can pop bubbles, too.

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There is a fun twist at the end of the book that made my kids laugh and laugh.

What did we do after we read Big Bad Bubble for the 17th time? Went outside to blow bubbles, of course!

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We can’t wait for the next Adam Rubin/Daniel Salmieri book!

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