I love to take my kids to the library to borrow books and also to the bookstore to look for new favorites. I’m always on the hunt for new books to add to their library or give as gifts to other children. This past weekend we visited the local bookstore which has a great children’s section. There were so many great books, we stayed for two hours!
I’m really picky when it comes to children’s books, they have to well written and wonderfully illustrated. Great pictures are a must for me, if I don’t love the illustrations I won’t buy the book! Quite a few new books caught my eye while I was at the bookstore, so I thought I’d compile a list with my quick synopsis of the tales within.
All of these children’s books include either a heartwarming story or a fun adventure combined with great illustrations. I’ve read and love them all, and even bought a few to tuck under the Christmas tree. If you’re looking for a charming gift for boys and girls this holiday season, I highly recommend these for children ages 4 to 9. Listed in no order of preference.
#1 Kiki & Coco in Paris, Stephanie Rausser and Nina Gruener
Hot of the presses, and perfect for fans of the famous city of Paris. Kiki is a girl, Coco is her handmade cloth doll, and the two are inseparable. Together they travel to the City of Lights but Coco gets lost! This tale of friendship will delight, and is filled with gorgeous photography of Paris seen through the eyes of Kiki & Coco.
#2 Fandango Stew, David Davis
Two penniless and famished cowboys ride in to Skinflint and try to convince the stingy townsfolk to help them cook up some fandango stew. Cooperation leads to a tasty concoction everyone loves in this humorous take on the folktale Stone Soup. It’s as fun to look at as it is to read out loud, filled with all the best of the Old West slang.
#3 E-mergency! Tom Lichtenheld & Ezra Fields Meyer
The alphabet all lives together in harmony until one day the letter E takes a tumble down the stairs. Chaos ensues! How will the world function without the letter E? While E recovers, the letter O fills in, and the jokes and puns keep readers laughing throughout.