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Friday, August 9, 2013

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Today National Book Lovers Day.  To celebrate I'm going to go curl up with my newest read Secrets and Shadows (#2 in the Secret Zoo Series) by Bryan Chick.  But before I do I thought I'd leave you with a few of my favorite picture books about books.  Sound off below in the comment section if I missed one of your favorites!
  • Wild About Books written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Marc Brown.  A librarian accidently drives her bookmobile into a zoo.  She decides to stay and teach all the resident animals about the joy of reading. It was written as an homage to Dr. Seuss and dedicated to him.  It is a delightful book filled with bright, clever illustrations and fun to read rhyming text. 
  • We Are in a Book written and illustrated by Mo Willems.  This Elephant and Piggie book is a Theodore Geisel Honor Book.  When Gerald and Piggie suddenly realize that they are actually in a book they find hilarious ways to interact with their "Reader." It is a thoroughly silly book with illustrations that are guaranteed to put you in a fit of giggles.  It is enormously fun to read aloud - the bigger the audience the better. 
  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  I just love, love, love quirky Oliver Jeffers.  In The Incredible Book Eating Boy he offers us a new twist on what it means to be a booklover.  Instead of reading his books Henry eats them instead.  He isn't picky about the subject matter but red books tend to be his favorite.  There is an unusual side effect to eating books.  The more Henry eats the smarter he gets - until things go terribly wrong for poor Henry. 
  • Otto the Book Bear written and illustrated by Katie Cleminson.  Otto is a bear.  He is also a character in a book.  He loves it when he his story is being read.  But when no one is reading his book he comes to life and sets off exploring.  When he unexpectedly becomes separated from his book he sets out to find a new place to call home.  Sweet and beautifully illustrated this one absolutely deserves a place on your bookshelf. 
  • Calvin Can't Fly written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Keith Bendis.  I've blogged about this book before.  Which probably says a lot about Calvin since this blog is only a week old!  But I just love this funny book.  Calvin is a starling, a real bookworm birdie.  He is so busy learning to read and discovering the world through his books that he never learns to fly.  He's in real hot water when the fall rolls around and it's time to migrate.  Fortunately his family comes to his rescue.  But Calvin's knowledge doesn't go to waste.  Eventually his bookworminess saves the day for his entire family. 
I hope that you enjoy these books and will share your own favorites.  I am always on the look out for great kids books.  Happy Book Lovers Day!  I hope that you and your family find some time to hunker down with a great book today! 

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