Recent Booklist Additions

Note: The top entry is the most recent booklist addition.

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Added to: Elementary Chapter Books

See my Instagram review of this book here.

Frog Went A-Courtin’ by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

Added to: Music

This book is set to the lyrics of an old Scottish folk song which has been loved and sung by Americans for generations. The illustrations, which won the 1956 Caldecott Medal, are vibrant and appealing.

Check out this video by Elizabeth Mitchell, a children’s folk artist, to learn the tune! 

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Added to: Music

A must for learning about the different instruments in an orchestra. Dynamic illustrations and expressive, rhythmic text.

Welcome Back Sun by Michael Emberley

Added to: Spring

A young girl and her family long for the sun’s return to their village, which is set deep in a Norwegian valley. A beautiful tale of hope.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola

Added to: Christian

A biography of Ireland’s beloved patron saint, including famous legends and a presentation of Patrick’s famous use of the shamrock to teach about the Trinity.

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson

Added to: Poetry

A soothing interpretation of Stevenson’s famous poem. Single illustrated poems are a great way to introduce young children to poetry!

Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Children

A sweet tale of friendship. This is a sequel to Angus and the Ducks, a delightful picture book about the lovable and always curious Scottish Terrier, Angus. 

Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art by Hudson Talbott

Added to: Art

Are you familiar with the exquisite landscape paintings of Thomas Cole? An intriguing picture book about Cole’s journey to become the first American artist.

Yonder by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Lloyd Bloom

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Children

This book about family, aging, and continuity exudes warmth. The painted illustrations are beautiful.

Rose Red and Snow White by Ruth Sanderson

Added to: Illustrated Fairy Tales

A wonderful adaptation of this beloved Grimm fairy tale. Handsome illustrations.

A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino

Added to: French

Follow a girl and her grandfather as they explore the beautiful city of Paris! Superb illustrations. The ending has a fun surprise.

Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland

Added to: Autumn

A tranquil, yet informative celebration of fall. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous.

Going to Town, Winter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and others in “My First Little House Books” series

Added to: Historical Fiction

This picture book series, based on the original Little House series, is faithful to the spirit of the originals and has lovely illustrations.

More Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley, and others in  series

Added to: Elementary Chapter Books

An excellent read-aloud for early elementary as each chapter is a bite-sized tale which stands on its own. Encourages imaginative play as well as kindness and friendship.

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

Added to: Elementary Chapter Books

A heartwarming coming-of-age story. An excellent historical fiction, containing many details of Medieval castle life.

A great picture book to pair with this novel is Castle by David Macaulay.

Schoolhouse in the Woods (#2) by Rebecca Caudill, and others in the Fairchild Family series

Added to: Elementary Chapter Books

The Fairchild Family books are tales about a family of children who grow up in the hills of Kentucky.

My daughter and I have just completed #2 and are currently working through #3. I will update you when we complete the series, but so far I am very impressed.

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

Added to: Winter

A fictional tale about the winter habits of woodland animals. Look forward to a delightful ending!

The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Added to: ChristmasBeloved Picture Books for Children

The Christmas Story illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Added to: Christmas

Enjoy Spirin’s magnificent, soul-stirring paintings in this traditional Christmas story. Text from the Gospels of Matthew & Luke.

A Medieval Feast by Aliki

Added to: Medieval

Castle by David Macaulay

Added to: Medieval

Explains in depth the planning and building of a Medieval castle.  Exceptional illustrations and engaging text.

The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Added to: Medieval

Wynken, Blynken, & Nod by Eugene Field, illustrated by Johanna Westerman

Added to: Poetry

I adore Barbara Cooney’s version of this poem, but Westerman’s is also lovely and, unlike Cooney’s, in-print! A great bedtime read-aloud.

Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Mercer Mayer

Added to: Illustrated Fairy Tales

Did you know that Mercer Mayer (known best for Little Critter) illustrated fairy tales? The illustrations in this version of Beauty and the Beast are gorgeous. The prose and storytelling are excellent, too. I am only a bit disappointed by the final page, which omits some rich details from the original fairy tale. Still a magnificent book.

Jack and the Beanstalk by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Matt Tavares

Added to: Illustrated Fairy Tales

E. Nesbit’s unadapted text of “Jack and the Beanstalk” from 1908. Recommended for an older child due to length and some gruesome illustrations.

A Picnic with Monet (Mini Masters) by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, and others in series

Added to: Art, Board Books

Lovely board books to familiarize toddlers with famous paintings and master artists.

Spring Thaw by Steven Schnur

Added to: Spring

A celebration of the first signs of spring.

My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston

Added to: Historical Fiction

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice and Martin Provensen

Added to: Historical Fiction, Vehicles

A tribute to Louis Bleriot, the first person to fly the English channel. Bleirot’s failed attempts shine a light on the importance of persistence.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Added to: Autumn

A young girl arrives at the market with a list of ingredients for apple pie, but the market is closed. She embarks on a grand adventure, traveling the world to complete her list. She shares the pie with friends, who are the children she met during her travels. Charming illustrations.

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Children

Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews, illustrated by Ian Wallace

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Children

Going to Sleep on the Farm by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Toddlers

“How does a cow go to sleep–tell me how?” A spectacular book for toddlers. Great for fostering curiosity. My two-year-old is still asking me questions in the cadence I read the book in.

The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Twenty-Third Psalm illustrated by Tasha Tudor

Added to: Christian

An illustrated page is given to each line of Psalm 23 in this book by the incomparable Tasha Tudor. A wonderful book for a child to reflect on the meaning of the Psalm’s words.

Also recommended: Give Us This Day: The Lord’s Prayer illustrated by Tasha Tudor

Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies

Added to: Science

Engaging science book about the patterns and habits of one of the greatest creatures of the sea, the blue whale.

Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color by Mary O’Neill

Added to: Poetry

Many memorable lines from even our first read, such as:

“Think of what starlight and lamplight would lack, / diamonds and fireflies, if they couldn’t lean against Black”

“Yellow’s sweet corn, ripe oats, / hummingbirds’ little throats / Summer squash and Chinese silk / the cream on top of Jersey milk”

Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

Added to: Poetry

A timeless collection of poems for children. It’s the one I reach for the most to read aloud from.

“If your children think they don’t like poetry, expose them to this collection . . . and I defy them to resist its magic.”–from Kirkus Reviews

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti

Added to: Illustrated Fairy Tales, Elementary Chapter Books

The famous story of the puppet who becomes a real boy. I cannot recommend Innocenti’s illustrations enough. They are magnificent and so Italian.

Be aware: one image is not suitable for young children.

Happy Little Family by Rebecca Caudill

Added to: Elementary Chapter Books

Charming story about a family of children who grow up in the hills of Kentucky.  

“But I do the same things every day,” said Chris. I feed the horse, and plow, and cut stovewood. Some days I go fishing. Some days I go to play with Andy Watterson. The same things happen every day. I use my head the same way every day. I don’t see any chance to prove that I am either brave or wise.” Chris couldn’t understand Father at all. “Some days are different,” said Father. “Some day when you don’t expect it, a chance to prove you are brave and wise will be standing right in front of you.”

Miss Suzy by Miriam Young

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Children

Endearing story about a box of toy soldiers coming to a friendly squirrel’s aid when some not-so-friendly squirrels push her out of her home. Illustrated by the talented Arnold Lobel.

Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

Added to: Poetry

A section of Longfellow’s epic poem about the Onondaga chief Hiawatha, illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Jeffers had a great love for this poem since childhood and her incredible illustrations show it.

Children of the Forest by Elska Beskow

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Children, Illustrated Fairy Tales

Read about mushroom-sized children and their adventures playing with the forest animals, avoiding snakes and other dangers, and enjoying the changes of the seasons. A wonderful book for the imagination!

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Children, Beloved Picture Books for Toddlers, Spring

This sweet, enjoyably repetitive tale is about a little boy who determines to use his sheep’s wool for a brand new suit. Recommended for preschoolers.

Little Red Cap by Lisbeth Zwerger

Added to: Illustrated Fairy Tales

I love Lisbeth Zwerger’s delicate illustrations. This rendition reads well aloud and the story hits all the right notes, making it my new favorite alongside Trina Schart Hyman’s Little Red Riding Hood.

Sleeping Beauty by Kinuko Y. Craft

Added to: Illustrated Fairy Tales

Craft has delivered a beautiful adaptation of a beloved fairy tale in her book Sleeping Beauty. Jaw-dropping illustrations and flawless storytelling.

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

Added to: Illustrated Fairy Tales

A giant refuses to share his garden with the children of the village, causing an eternal winter in its walls. The allegorical ending is very affecting. I also recommend Ritva Voutila’s version which has more detailed illustrations.

Katie and the Impressionists by James Mayhew

Added to: Art

Katie and her grandmother go to an art museum where Katie discovers she can step into the paintings! An entertaining book for teaching art history to young children.

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Added to: Historical Fiction, Vehicles

2014 Caldecott Medal Winner about the construction of and experience of traveling upon the transcontinental railroad. Follow a young family as they journey from Nebraska to California on the 1869 railroad.

A Song for Lena by Hilary Horder Hippely

Added to: Beloved Picture Books for Children

A grandmother tells a childhood story to her granddaughter about her family giving food to a beggar and receiving an unexpected gift in return.

The White Cat by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Added to: Illustrated Fairy Tales

Spirin’s illustrations of this rich old French fairy tale will enrapture from beginning to end.

Crinkleroot’s Nature Almanac by Jim Arnosky

Added to: Science

A science book packed full of information about woodland animals, taught by the lovable character Crinkleroot.

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston, also A Butterfly is Patient, A Nest is Noisy, and A Seed is Sleepy

Added to: Science, Spring

Aston has shared the best bits of information about eggs in this gorgeously illustrated book. Wait until you see the end pages! Perfect for fostering a child’s curiosity about the world.