My 10 Favourite Kid Books (OK, 15…)
I am an Artist (by Marta Altés)
Who doesn’t want to be? Seriously, especially when you’re 5. To this little guy the world is a canvas. We have read this book 10 000 times and my kids (6 & 7 years old), laugh out loud every single time. The end is terrific, but I won’t spoil it for you….
Tyrannosaurus Drip (By Julia Donaldson – one of the people I would invite to dinner if I could). About choosing your tribe and understanding where and how you fit into the bigger picture, in life, in general. About not being afraid to be who you are. Yay Julia! Please come to dinner?
Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
Oh, they are everywhere as we know. This boy was sent to his room for being naughty and his imagination saved him. How much us adults can learn from him…. “Till Max said BE STILL! And tamed them with the magic trick of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all”
Don’t we all experience this every single day? Be the wild thing! Bravery people!
The Book With No Pictures (B.J Novak)
Oh what fun! There really are no pictures in this book but as a parent / aunt or bestie, you are required to make funny, silly noises and say silly things. I guarantee you will feel as happy as your kid (or your person) at the end of this book.
The Ugly Five (Julia Donaldson, of course, please come for dinner at our zoo?). Zero hope of her actually seeing this post, but anyway…. What a beautiful book and beautifully illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Chewie, you are the next him, just better!). The Ugly Five think they are ugly but they are beyond beautiful to their loved ones.
The Midnight Library (Kazuna Kohara)
This little girl and three owls run the midnight library. A great book to cultivate a love for reading. And a love for libraries, which I very much fear, might die out soon. Also, a good one to put your kids to sleep as the owls are put to bed at the end of the story.
I didn’t do my Homework Because….. (By Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud)
Well, because giant lizards invaded my neighbourhood, because my family discovered oil in their backyard, because my brother and I were kidnapped by a circus. Note that you are only allowed to use each excuse once. Too much fun. One of my favourites. (Davide & Benjamin, you can also come to dinner).
Journey (Aaron Becker)
This book is extraordinary beyond words. In fact I can’t explain it, you simply HAVE to read it. No words, a pure imagination book with an exquisite story line. Any child or adult could relate to this book. Go buy it NOW.
Who Wants to Be A Poodle, I don’t. (Lauren Child)
Mademoiselle Verity Bruleé dresses her poodle up and does not allow her poodle to jump in muddy puddles or sniff other dogs’ bottoms. This poodle (although very privileged with a butler and a chef and a maid – what a horrible word- maid!), anyway, even though she has all these things, she just wants to live her purpose and be who she really is.
You Can’t Use Your Brain If You’re a Jellyfish! (Fred Ehrlich)
Did you know that a mosquito’s brain is about the size of the period at the end of this sentence?, well now you do. Mosquitos can suck your blood and drive you crazy with their buzzing – all with a tiny brain. Learn about worms’ and cats’ and dogs’ and cockroach brains, and imagine what YOU can do with your massive brain. (Cleverly illustrated by Amanda Haley).
Room on the Broom (Julia Donaldson of course, please come for dinner Julia!!)
The rhyme, the story, the illustrations (Axel again, you rock). Kai got this book from one of his besties (thanks Trent), and it’s been a favourite for several years now. “Then she filled up her cauldron and said with a grin, “Find something everyone, throw something in! So the frog found a lily, the cat found a cone, the bird found a twig and the dog found a bone”
How Many Ways Can You Say Hello? (Refiloe Moahloli)
“Hello, Aa, Hallo, Molo, Sawubona, Avuxeni, Dumela, Lotjhani” Seriously, if you live in Africa and you don’t have this book, then jump into your car or onto online shopping now! Even if you don’t live here. Teaching kids about the wonderful art of appreciating diversity.
I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen)
Jon, you are also invited to dinner, because of your sense of humour and because you don’t underestimate your readers, (even though they might be three years old). I’m not going to say anything else as it will spoil the brilliant ending for you. Just read it ok?
Women in Science – 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World (Rachel Ignotofsky)
In my head I call my neighbours ‘The Intellectuals”. Because they are, and because it is rare to find people who love books as much as I do. The mom of this tribe introduced me to this book. A must read for every girl. Gone are the days of believing you can’t.
Flanimals (Ricky Gervais)
The name of the author surely speaks for itself. It is a pop-up book and sadly ours has been read so many times that half of the Flanimals don’t pop up anymore. My favourite is the ‘PRINT’ (Addle- Sprungnurdler) – “The Print can fly, but only vertically downwards. It does not employ the traditional help of wings. It uses gravity and stupidity”
With all respect. I think Ricky was high when coming up with all these colourful characters, but I don’t care! A splendid book!
This whole post was actually just an effort to get Julia Donaldson to come to dinner at our house. But, if you are a parent who loves to read and who loves to connect with your kids through books, then I hope that you also enjoyed this post. And if you know Julia, then please connect me?