The majority of my time spent on Beloved Bookshelf is researching, checking out, and reviewing books. As I wrote in my introductory post, these lists are far from finished and I am excited to continue to share the treasures I am discovering. In order to keep you aware of which books are being added, I will share a post each month cataloging the newest additions along with providing short descriptions and cover photos.
New beloved books:
The Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow
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
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
I love Lisbeth Zwerger’s delicate illustrations. I am always trying to find exceptionally well-illustrated fairy tales. 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
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
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 Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew
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
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
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
Spirin’s illustrations of this rich old French fairy tale will enrapture from beginning to end.
Crinkleroot’s Nature Almanac by Jim Arnosky
A science book packed full of information about woodland animals, taught by the lovable character Crinkleroot.
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
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. Also recommended: A Butterfly is Patient, A Nest is Noisy, A Seed is Sleepy, and others in series.
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