National Children’s Book Week is coming up, starting on May 4th! Here at the Ely Public Library, we are able to celebrate our favorite children’s books at our weekly story times, but here are some of my personal favorites we have not read together yet:
You Are A Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo is a great way to get kids moving. The author holds an MFA, so her vibrant illustrations are clear to follow. You and your child will have a blast slithering and stretching together!
We just added Coming Home by Greg Ruth to our collection. In this story, we meet a little boy who is finally at the airport ready to welcome his favorite soldier home. The anticipation builds throughout the book; everyone else is reuniting with their loved ones, now when is it his turn? This book made me tear up the first time I read it; this sweet book is a great read together for any child.
After trying out some of our wordless books, check out The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. This book may only have words, but it is far from boring! When I read this book out loud, it had me say ridiculous things such as “my head is made of blueberry pizza” -- which I promise is not true! This silly book is a great choice for a child who likes to be in charge and hear their caregiver say funny things!
One of my favorite books from childhood is The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. In this classic, we meet a gentle bull named Ferdinand who would rather smell flowers under the cork tree than participate in the bull fights. What does it take to make Ferdinand fierce? This is a fun book to revisit with parents and grandparents who could have grown up loving Ferdinand as well!
If you would like any other suggestions for books, please let me or another librarian know!
Youth Services Librarian