Brief Thief by Michaël EscoffierThis book gets belly laughs from our preschooler. When Leon the lizard runs out of toilet paper, he wipes with what appears to be a pair of discarded underpants hanging on a tree. (Yep, gross.) Leon then hears what claims to be the voice of his conscience — guilting him into washing and returning the briefs. It’s a hilarious story about getting caught doing something you shouldn’t — with a surprise ending about what those underpants and voice really are. Brief Thief is the best book we’ve read this summer — and a pretty fun way to teach kids about doing the right thing.
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Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea doesn't like eating candy for dinner. But his parents make him eat five pieces before he can have dessert: a big bowl of spinach – yum! Our kids relate to Little Pea (especially his classic blechhh expressions as he chokes down the candy), and giggle about the upside-downness of this playful little story.
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Almost Everything by Joelle Jolivet
We were sold on this book as soon as we saw its awesomely big size. And the bold block-print artwork is extra-engaging. Sort of a visual encyclopedia of the familiar and the completely random, it covers categories from Musical Instruments, to Boats, to Animals, to Costumes of the World. It's the perfect read for curious kids, and there's a guide in the back for parents who want to look up and share more facts about any single thing featured in the book.
People is an exceptional, beautifully illustrated vocabulary lesson, similar to Seasons by the same author. Our kids love trying to identify the images that depict all sorts of people, from the common to the crazier – DJ, Doctor, Centaur, Cyclops, Yeti, Jockey, Genie, Farmer, and so on. It's the kind of book that inspires kids to make their own connections and come up with their own stories. Bonus: the dust jacket folds out into a rad poster.
by Julia Donaldson
This rhyming, lyrical story is a hit with our preschoolers. A tiny, curious snail hops aboard the tail of a humpback whale to sail the sea. On their adventure, the snail sees icebergs, mountains, underwater caves and golden sands – and is amazed by it all. "I feel so small," she told the whale. Amidst the excitement, the whale finds himself beached in a bay, so the snail sets off to save his friend. All ends well, showing that even the littlest creature can be a huge help. Hooray!
Rosie Revere, by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts
Hooray for a book about a girl who's an inventor! Curious and creative Rosie dreams of becoming an engineer – constantly creating new gizmos and gadgets – until her latest invention is a flop. Her great great Aunt Rose (aka Rosie the Riveter) teachers her that failures are part of the process – and that the only real failure is giving up. It's written in the same quirky rhyming style as our other favorite, Iggy Peck Architect, by the same author. Rosie ultimately keeps trying – and we hope inspires lots of little future engineers.