These are some of my picks for the most outstanding picture books of 2016. These are simply cool and have remarkable artwork and quirky, unique stories.
"Grandad's Island" by Benji Davies: Candlewick Press; 32 pages; $16.99.
Benji Davies has lent his talented hand to many a fine picture book. In this beautiful, comforting tale festooned with...Read more
Start the new year off happily with these lighthearted books for kids.
"The Happiest Book Ever!" by Bob Shea; Disney/Hyperion; 32 pages; $16.99.
A happy book should have a sunny yellow cover and a striped giraffe holding ice cream cones. Bob Shea's "The Happiest Book Ever!" starts with a frowny frog and a carrot cake that become happier by ...Read more
Some picture books are literally just that -- stories told entirely with pictures. These new books are so powerful that words aren't even needed. Children's creative processes grow when they call on their own imaginations to concoct a story's text through an art-filled backdrop.
"The Whale" by Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow; Templar Books/...Read more
The best gifts for kids, hands down, are books and other reading materials. This is especially true now -- as reading levels are plummeting, kids need to get off their electronic devices and read absorbing tales. When choosing literary gifts to buy this season, consider giving a kids magazine subscription for Cricket Media, for this holiday ...Read more
Tis the season to lighten up and smile. These new wintry holiday season picture books are full of whimsy, humor and cool artwork.
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland" as sung by Peggy Lee; illustrated by Tim Hopgood; Henry Holt; 32 pages; $17.99.
Artist Tim Hopgood loves creating wonder-filled picture books, including his happy "What a Wonderful...Read more
Winter snow begins soon in many parts of the country. These frosty new picture books will excite young readers with stories involving cooler temperatures, especially considering the proximity of the December holidays.
"Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter" by Sam McBratney; illustrated by Anita Jeram; Candlewick Press; 12 pages; $18.99.
Kids need escape, and what better way to get there than with books? These are a few fun lighthearted tales sure to put a smile on any young reader's face.
"Bera the One-Headed Troll" by Eric Orchard; First Second Books; 126 pages; $17.99.
Graphic books are all the rage among youngsters. This one is keen with its appeal to girls and boys and ...Read more
ATTENTION LEE LITTLEWOOD EDITORS: THE FOLLOWING "KIDS' HOME LIBRARY" COLUMN WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPT. 16, 2016. LEE LITTLEWOOD WANTED TO REITERATE THE MESSAGE OF THE COLUMN, THUS IT IS TRANSMITTED AGAIN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION. -- CREATORS
The Message of the Day Is Equality for All
These new books educate and inspire kids about ...Read more
If You Leave this Farm: The Dream Is DestroyedAmanda Farmer
A Memoir about courage, hope, and resilience. The story powerfully shows the internal struggle and conflict between personal desires, the crushing weight of constant submission to a father's misguided use of God-given authority, and the need to be accepted by one's ...
It's always smart to shop for holiday gifts early, and there's no better gift for a child than a book. These book sets are grander than most, making them fantastic gifts for holidays, winter birthdays or really any time.
"My Best Tooth Fairy Friend" by Ray Murray; pictures by Mark Rogalski; 28 pages; $34.99.
When Ray Murray's 5-year-old ...Read more
During this hectic time of year, as the holiday season approaches, it's important to remember that children can sense adults' stress. Music specifically geared toward children can be a healthy, healing antidote to negative atmospheres. Contemporary children's music is highly evolved, as sophisticated and full of talent as adults' tunes. The ...Read more
ATTENTION LEE LITTLEWOOD EDITORS: THERE IS A MANDATORY CORRECTION TO BE MADE TO THE COLUMN FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21. IN THE THIRD PARAGRAPH, THE SENTENCE, "MY FAVORITE HERO (WHO'S ALSO A RELATIVE), IS UNSTOPPABLE HELEN KELLER WHO'S "DEAF. BLIND. LIMITLESS." SHOULD BE CORRECTED TO READ, "MY FAVORITE HERO (WHO'S ALSO A PERSONAL RELATIVE), IS...Read more