Last year I kept my Thursday 3 posts over on my photo blog for the most part. This year I thought I’d bring them over here. This week I want to share three picture books from 2014 that did not win any big awards (that I know of) and may have slipped through the cracks.
Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi is a sweet friendship story with a twist. When winter comes Bear is ready to hibernate and Beatrice (a rabbit) tries and fails to sleep through the winter with her friend. Instead, she finds a creative way to share her experience with her friend while allowing both of them to be who they are. I loved the messages (be yourself! find creative solutions!), and the fact that the messages were subtle compared to the sweetness of the story. Well worth sharing with your little ones whether they have found themselves in a similar situation or not.
Brimsby’s Hats by Andrew Prahin is another story of friendship and creative problem solving that may have some appeal to the maker/DIY crowd. In this picture book from a debut author/illustrator, Brimsby’s friend moves away, and he is lonely. He struggles, at first, to make new friends, but he uses his talents as a hat maker to get the attention of some birds. It is a gentle, quiet story that I found quite charming.
100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz isn’t a story at all. It is, as the title suggests, a list of everyday happinesses in fun rhyming couplets. I am an admitted idealist who can’t help but be drawn to a book that promises such positivity, but this book is sure to warm the hearts of readers of all ages and liven up storytimes with its bouncy rhymes.
You can check out the books that did win big at the Youth Media Awards here. It was a great year for books!