As promised here is the second half of my favourite picture books list.
Tchaikovsky Discovers America by Esther Kalman and illustrated by Laura Fernandez & Rick Jacodsen
When I was little my mom bought me a set of cassette tapes that told stories about famous classical composers. One of my favourites was the one about Tchaikovsky. This picture book is based on that cassette tape. The illustrations are beautifully detailed, taking up two full pages sometimes. This is a great book to have if you want to introduce children to classical music.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
No picture book list is complete without Dr. Seuss. My aunt and uncle gave me this book when I graduated from grade 12 and I cherish this thoughtful gift. Seuss brings whimsy, charm, and poignancy with his illustrations and words. If you are taking on a new challenge in your life, this book is a nice read before you conquer it.
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!
Tales of Magic and Wonder by Berlie Doherty and illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
I became very interested with folk tales and fairy tales (particularly retold fairy tales) when I entered Junior High (and I am still interested to this day). I found this book and was delighted by the stories and illustrations. Doherty provides ten stories from all over the world (Africa to Ireland and even Canada). I am finding it hard to get a copy of this book as it is no longer in print. I hope to be able to own this book in the near future.
Press Here by Hervae Tullet
This is my new favourite book to read to children (preschool aged). The kids I work with are absolutely delighted to read this story because it is interactive. In a world bombarded with technology, I like how Hervae is able to create cause-and-effect in a low tech way… through a book. Also, reading this book with kids is a simple way for them to follow directions. Why not read the book, press a paint colour, and see what happens!