It makes sense that November is Picture Book Month. The desire to hibernate sets in, and huddling under a blanket with a snuggly kid and a book sounds more and more delightful. Check out this amazing Picture Book Month post from inkygirl (aka Debbie Ridpath Ohi) for why picture books are important.
When my kids were very little, one of our favorite books was HUG by Jez Alborough. The kids loved “reading” along to it — and eventually, HUG became the first word my son actually sounded out and read on his own. I’ll also admit to weeping next to my 2-year-old the first time we read it. (I had recently given birth to the second — maybe the hormones?) Anyway, it’s a simple, lovely picture book.
Another favorite is Sandra Boynton’s But Not the Hippopotamus. We read this so often that we started making up new adventures to draw out the story even more. Here’s my kid sharing her version.
Other favorites include hand-me-downs like Slinki Malinki and old loves found at the library like Amelia Bedelia (the original!) and wonderful gifts like The Little Yellow Leaf. This year, there’s the ultimate picture book from Humans of New York — talk about gift-giving!
Which picture books were your favorites and are must-haves for your family?