We take Tot to the Library every Friday to pick out new books and movies for the week. I’m always on the look out for great stories and films: ones that become memorable classics and those that I’ve grown up with. So here are my book picks for August!
The Treehouse That Jack Built is written by Bonnie Verburg and illustrated by Mark Teague. It tells a story about the wonder of Jack’s Treehouse and the amazing things he’s made.
Good night to all
who came and played.
Good night to all
the things Jack made.
Good night to the sky
Good night to the tree.
Good night to you.
Good night to me.
It’s a beautiful sing-song rhyme with incredible imagery not only captures children, but quickly became one of my favorite bedtime stories to read.
Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson and Will Hillenbrand is a crazy story about a Grandpa who wants to make the biggest whopper cake imaginable for his wife’s birthday. With a pickup truck, a boat oar and a massive amount of ingredients, an unforgettable story is born.
Not only is the story so fun and amusing to read with little ones, but it also has the recipe for the Whopper Cake in the back! Cut down to size of course. This book is just as sweet as its chocolate cake.
On My Way to School is written by Sarah Maizes and illustrated by Michael Paraskevas. It is the perfect look inside a child’s head when trying to drag them out of bed for school. Livi is a very imaginative little girl who page by page shares with us how treacherous and daring it is to drag yourself out of bed and force yourself on the bus. She is a pirate searching for booty, a chef making breakfast, a wild west woman on a long journey in a covered wagon – Livi is larger than life. Filled with whimsical illustrations and endless amusement, this is my favorite pick for Back to School!
Smash! Crash! by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by David Shannon, was originally called Welcome to Trucktown. Tot is a HUGE fan of the Trucktown series, but this is his very favorite. He can actually recite the entire book by heart!
Smash! Crash! follows Jack Truck and Dump Truck Dan on their day smashing and crashing through the whole town. Along the way they try and get their friends to smash/crash with them, but a mysterious shadow falls over them and a loud voice follows them throughout the town. Who could it be? What could they want?
The characters in Trucktown are pretty amusing. I love the illustrations, though it honestly took me a bit to get used to their more cartoonish faces. Now I’m just in love with Jon Scieszka’s town as my Tot. If your child loves smashing and crashing, they are gonna get a bang out of this!
Dinotrux Go to School by Chris Gall is another great back to school story! It has it listed as a Level 1 Reader book, but early readers will need a bit more help since the trucks are somewhat difficult to pronounce.
This little story is about the first day of school for the Dinotrux. You get to follow them in their preparations, from filling up the tanker with juice to rolling out trees for paper. However, the book also has a great lesson about overcoming the fear of the first day of school with a new teacher. Just as with all Chris Gall’s books, the illustrations in this early reader are perfect. If your child loves trucks, this is definitely a winner!
The Two Cars by husband and wife team, Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire is a modern twist on the tortoise and the hare. One car is old, the other is brand new and they agree to race to see who is the best car. Along the way the classic car follows all the traffic rules, whilst the newer car speeds and pays little attention to anyone or anything. In the end, the newer car may have been the fastest but he finds he isn’t the better car when it comes to his reckless driving.
This is a bit too long for little ones to read on their own, but works great for storytime or bedtime stories!
We’re off to the Library again today. Let us know what books you’ve found and/or your child’s favorite books! Until then, have fun reading!