My next book in this New Favorites Picture Book countdown is one of the sweetest books I’ve ever met. A story about frustration, well-meaning friends, and the best way to truly be a friend. Warm your heart with The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld, 2018.
One of my favorite things about picture books and my kids, is observing which books become favorites. Sometimes the new favorite is a book I purposefully chose, strategically kept out in sight, and then felt contentedly smug when it easily won their hearts just like I thought it would. Other times, I feel shocked and a little perplexed at why certain books become a reigning favorite. And I’m maybe even a little relieved when they fade into the distance depending on how much I enjoyed the book myself or strained under the repetition and reader requirements (I’m looking at you Sandra Boynton’s Doggies). Then there are others that I myself admired, had on my own shelves for months or years even (this is the problem with owning too many books), and for some random reason I finally pull it down to share it with the kids. Bingo! They are hooked.
This is such a book. If I allowed stickers on books, my girls would have covered this one in gold stars of love. I cannot even remember what made me pull this down in the first place, but it has been the resounding favorite for over a month now – with both kids. My oldest has even changed her hair style to wear two barrettes on each side just like Amelia, every day. It doesn’t matter what my girls are doing, if I pick this book up and even crack the spine, suddenly they have landed in a spot by my side and silently wait for the reading to begin. This book is no longer mine alone. So of course, I must share it here too. Just in case you haven’t yet discovered Nilson for yourself yet. Allow me to present No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah OHora, 2013. Read the full post…