We all love children’s picture books. While many adults think of their childhood favorites, there are so many new, excellent ones worth reading, even if you’re over the ‘suggested age’. I recently read Sled Dog Dachshund by Laura Atkins, suggested for ages 5 -7, and I was shocked. Shocked by how much I loved it and how emotional I got at the end. My eyes felt like they could gush with happy tears.
Illustrated children’s books tend to be short and sweet. When I say sweet, I mean it! The drawings only add to how adorable the book is. These upcoming children’s books are not only great for the youngsters in your life, but you’ll enjoy reading (and looking at the great drawings) these books just as much as a novel.
Sled Dog Dachshund by Laura Atkins, illustrated by An Phan
As stated above, this book is packed with absolutely adorable imagery and the sweetest message. It’s all about team work and perseverance. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that kids and adults will fall in love with this little Dachshund.
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin, art by Tom Lichtenheld
Another book with a dog as the protagonist, but hey- dogs are too cute! Joe is certainly groovy, and he’s got the rhyme to prove it. Him and his dinosaur friends all drool over a pint of delicious ice cream while enjoying each other’s company. I particularly love the drawings of this one- it’s like sophisticated crayon art. Groovy Joe has a number of clever puns that readers young and old will enjoy.
Rules of the House by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matt Meyers
The artwork alone for Rules of the House is pretty incredible. This children’s book is playful and silly, but somehow still a tiny bit scary. Of course, like any great illustrated book for kids, the message at the end is heartwarming and lovely. The language in this book is more sophisticated (at one point, the protagonist ‘brandishes a toothbrush’) so it’s great for a young reader ready for bigger words.
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