My hard crush on James Burd Brewster’s Glad to Do It! series is ever-expanding. I just love how Brewster bases these fun, upbeat picture books on real-life stories.
Plus, he always includes educational information about being a rescue worker. In Officer Jack: Stolen Puppy, Brewster walks your kids through how police run an investigation, showing the steps his officers take to find suspects. And if your kid doesn’t squeal over police cars, chances are puppies will do the trick. I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend these books enough.
This book, y’all. It was one of my childhood favorites and remains so to this day. I always wanted to live in Toad Hall. I know, Toad is supposed to be the bully in the story, but he’s the reason I love toads. I wanted his house.
The boys were just as enchanted as I was by the story of Rat, Mole, Badger, and all the animals of the riverside. We were able to create a unit based on this book that brought in all kinds of interesting stuff that led to nature walks and rabbit trails aplenty. There’s a reason The Wind in the Willows is still read by people of all ages. It has All The Things.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite-ist picture books ever. Although it is an autumn book, it can be uses for leaf observation at any time of year.
The sweet story of the Leaf Man’s journey always makes me happy, and I’ve never met a kid who didn’t feel the same way.
When I worked at the library, I created a story time for the library a couple times with this book. It lends itself so well to crafts and projects.
Looking for a perfect book that celebrates spring and Earth Day and Arbor Day and all the things?
Yeah yeah, Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer is totally that book. With sparse language and lovely illustrations, this book explores how important each part of an ecosystem is, starting with the acorn from which a tree can grow. Because of the tree a bird can nest and spread seeds and the seeds become flowers. In turn, the flowers become fruit that entice chipmunks to feed a snake. The snakes become prey to a hawk which guards the tree until another acorn falls and a new tree is born. Eventually there is a forest.
The back of this book also has more detailed explanations of white oak trees, acorns, ecosystems and food chains, and even what kids can do to help support the environment. My crush is vast.