I'm busy catching up after the holiday weekend and will post new book reviews this weekend. In the meantime, check out some older favorites my daughter and I are enjoying.
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
A heartwarming story of a baby fruit bat, Stellaluna, who lands in a nest of baby birds when her mother is attacked by an owl and falls out of her grip. The mama bird says Stellaluna can stay if she behaves like a baby bird, so Stellaluna has to stop sleeping upside down and start eating bugs. But baby bats will utimately follow their instincts, and Stellaluna shows her bird siblings what it's like to be a bat. Not only does this book send the message of the importance of accepting and celebrating difference, it's also a great way to teach about bats and birds as well as the concept of compare/contrast.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
If you haven't read Mo Willems, what are you waiting for? His books make me snort, and Knuffle Bunny is no exception. Little Trixie goes to the laundry mat with her daddy and loses her beloved Knuffle Bunny. The book focuses on the search for the toy. The sepia-toned photographs with the hilarious cartoon cartoons superimposed upon them are AMAZING. I bought copy of this book and the follow-up, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity because of the unique illustrations and hilarious story.
Llama, Llama Red Pajama Anna Dewdney
When Mama Llama tucks baby llama into bed and leaves the room, baby llama experiences a bit of separation anxiety that gradually grows into a full-blown meltdown. When panic-ridden Mama Llama runs into the room and realizes what's wrong with him, she assures him that she's "always near, / even if she's / not right here." The colorful illustrations are humorous, and the book could help provide comfort to kids who are experiencing their own bit of separation anxiety.