What We're Reading: Picture Books

Here's a list of some picture books we've been reading.

The Boy Who Ran with Gazelles by Marianna Meyer - It surprised me, but my girls loved this book. I thought they might think it was odd, but maybe that's why they liked it? The illustrations are beautiful.
From Amazon: One day a small boy follows his pet gazelle into the vast desert.Though the entire village searches, all trace of the pair has disappeared. The boy and gazelle join a wild herd who come to care for the human child as one of their own...

We own The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Meyer and it's one of Oldest's favorites. Fun fact: Marianna Meyer was Mercer Meyer's first wife. (I wonder how many he's had?? I'm sure my husband would say one wife is enough for a lifetime. ;)

George Washington by Ingri D'Aulaire - This is one of our school books and we are all enjoying it. So far, we've loved the other history books by D'Aulaire that we've read; Benjamin Franklin and Pocahontas.

Snowy Valentine by David Petersen - This is a sweet, sweet book. The illustrations are so lovely--they give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. This was on our library's Valentine shelf and I'm glad we picked it up. It's about a rabbit who goes on a search for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for his wife.

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg - Oldest loved reading this aloud to her siblings. There's a nursery rhyme character hiding on each page. It was cute to hear Oldest giggle while she was reading it. :)

Milly and Tilly by Kate Summers - This is a sweet adaptation of The Town Mouse and Country Mouse. I've read some really twaddly versions, and this is not one of those! I was able to pick it up at a local library book sale for fifty cents(!) and it was Christmas present to Middlest.

1 + 1 = 5 and Other Unlikely Additions by David LaRochelle - Now what kind of homeschooling mom would I be if I didn't check out a living math book from time to time? This was another good book for Oldest to read aloud to her sister.

 The Mousery by Charlotte Pomerantz - Oh. my. This is quite the gem of a book! It was another that I picked up from the aforementioned book sale. This book is soooo loverly.

It's about two old mice who just want to be left alone in their Mousery! They turn a few visitors away until one day they find a few baby mice who need a home. One thing leads to another and they end up keeping the baby mice. Then lo, and behold! their hearts are changed forever. We all swooned over the illustrations and precious story. Highly recommend this one!
Don't you just want to crawl inside these pages?

The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting - First I have to mention that it makes me one. proud. mama. when my 6 year old gets excited because the illustrator is Jan Brett! A girl after my own heart, that one.  

This is another one we picked up from our Valentine shelf at our local library and were not disappointed. A sweet story of how a Mrs. Bear wakes up early from her hibernation so she can celebrate Valentine's Day with Mr. Bear.

 Where Do They Go? Insects in Winter by Millicent Selsam - I found out about this author via Ambleside Online. Her books are recommended free reading for Year 1. It turned out that we already owned a book by Selsam--How to be a Nature Detective!

 A First Look at Whales by Millicent Selsam - Middlest really loved this book. It tells you how you can distinguish between different kind of whales. That's a handy thing for a girl from Wisconsin to know! ;)

What picture books have you been reading with your wee ones?


  1. Oooooo....sigh. Love book posts!!! :) We really loved that Valentine Jan Brett one. Thanks for the reminder! Can't wait to check out The Mousery and the Insect & Whale one especially... :)


  2. This was the first time we read the Jan Brett one. (The poor author of that book gets no credit) ;) it's really cute!

    I'll loan you The Mousery if you want. It's so great!


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