Ada has a favorite doll, a ratty old thing, that she does absolutely everything with. She calls her “Right Baby” because every other baby doll I’ve given her is the wrong baby. In this charming book, Emily Brown has a favorite toy friend, her rabbit named Stanley, and she’s not willing to sell him to Queen Gloriana the Third for any price. Well written and beautifully illustrated, this book is fun to read . . . which is probably why Ada has it in reading rotation at least three times a day right now. She has memorized enough of it now that I feel like she’s almost reading it to me these days!
This is one of my favorite books to read aloud, and Ada’s favorite book to listen to. The story is a clever rhyme, with a ladybird who saves the fine prize cow from two doltish thiefs, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. There is an American version of this delightful British read, but the British version is so much better if you can find it.
Up Above and Down Below | Paloma Valdivia
This simply illustrated book tells us how different kinds of people can be similar at heart. The difference, after all, depends only on your point of view. Wouldn’t people down below see things differently if they traded places with people up above? The illustrations make this book extraordinary!
Lovabye Dragon | Barbara Joosse
Unlike your average story book princess who needs rescuing from the dragon, this story’s heroine is looking for a dragon friend. The story is playful and the language poetic, which makes for a perfect bedtime story. Ada gives this book two thumbs up.
What are your favorite picture books to read aloud?