Picture Books (Ages 0-8)

The Artist Who Painted a Horse by Eric Carle

Reviewed by Julianne Garitee

Storyline: character driven
Pace: relaxed pace
Tone: feel-good, inspirational, silly, whimsical, thought-provoking

This book by Eric Carle (one of my favorite children’s book authors and illustrators) is about a young artist who uses many different paint colors to paint animals. Although these animals are not the “normal” and conventional colors, they are bright, fun, and inspirational. I think this story shows children that there is no right or wrong way to be creative. Everyone is their own person and has their own great ideas. This book is a great read aloud; there aren’t many words on each page but it promotes discussion and stirs up creative ideas. The illustrations in this book are amazing! The colors are vibrant, full of texture and shape. This book is very visual.

The One by Kathryn Otoshi

Reviewed by Katherine Spreitzer

This was a very character building book. It showed why you should not bully and how you can stop bullying. Even though it has minimal text, it shows the effects in a big way using a small message. I think it is a great read-aloud in the way in which it is engaging to a younger audience through colors and numbers.

Earth to Clunk by Pam Smallcomb

Reviewed by Rebecca Hinsch

Storyline: character driven
Pace: relaxed pace
Writing Style: witty
Tone: funny, silly, sweet, whimsical
 

The boy in the book never had a name but he had to write to his pen pal all the way from planet Quazar named Clunk. The boy didn’t want to have a pen pal named Clunk from Quazar. He sent Clunk all sorts of silly things that he thought would make him stop writing but it return, Clunk sent things back to the boy as “nice” gestures as well. The boy started sending his sister, dirty socks, and a scary picture of earth and even old lasagna. In return, Clunk sent silly gifts ike a zoid, Forps, and other things that we “earthlings” don’t know what to do with. Mom found out about his big sister, she was needed back home. Is Clunk going to send back his sister? Will Clunk and the boy ever become friends? This book is great for reading aloud and story times. It really is fun to engage the kids in the stories like this one!

Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni

Reviewed by Katherine Spreitzer

This book was very enjoyable. It was easy to understand, conversational, very colorful, and attention-grabbing. I loved the illustrations and the descriptions made it easy to picture the different things that Frog was talking about. This book is a definite read-aloud due to the descriptive nature of it and the colorful pictures.

If You Give A Dog A Donut by Laura Numeroff

Reviewed by Sasha Clarke

This book has minimal text, however it is a book that will keep the child’s attention. The book is very colorful, fun, and detailed when describing what the characters are doing on each page. For the age group that this book is geared towards, it is a very good read aloud for children to enjoy.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late by Mo Willems

Reviewed by Sasha Clarke

Excellent read aloud book for children. The illustrations in this book are great. It is a good book for children to interact with and they will have fun with it. They will enjoy finding out whether or not they can get the pigeon to fall asleep or not.

I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

Reviewed by Joe Sparaci

Ethan wants his favorite monster, Gabe, to sleep under his bed, but he’s gone on a fishing trip. Ethan has substitute monsters, but none can scare him like Gabe does. The thought of monsters helps Ethan sleep better. This is a funny book that’s a great read aloud. The illstrations are humorous, and the story is fast-paced. Young children won’t be bored reading I Need My Monster.

Bertie and the Bear by Pamela Allan

Reviewed by Joe Sparaci

The bear is chasing Bertie. The Queen then chases the bear. All the characters chase each other with instruments. The bear turns around and bows because of all the attention he has received. Everyone begins dancing and joyfully playing their instruments with the bear. This book is funny as well as a good read aloud. The illustrations are basic, but add to the flow of the story. This book is fast-paced and will keep children laughing throughout the book.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Reviewed by Esteffi Gonzalez

Tone: neutral, warm and cozy, rhyme, sweet
Pace: slow & steady (relaxed)

It wasn’t slow enough that it made the story boring. The words were simple enough that it helped the story flow smoothly. The story is intended for children just beginning to learn about their surroundings in the home. The story goes to saying goodnight to every object in the rooms. I think it is a great read aloud because it is an upbeat and feel-good book. It is a very old book, so the pictures should definitely be updated. It is not highlighted and the colors are too dark but is supposed to be in a night setting.

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Reviewed by Esteffi Gonzalez

Tone: Thrilling, Inspiring
Storyline: Doubtful Hero
Pace: Relaxed, Subtle

This wordless narrative picture book illustrates the story of Aesop’s fable. The story starts with the cover of the book with the glorious, intimidating lion. The author did an excellent job of portraying the emotions of the animals, because it helped tell the story for what it is. Showing how kindness offered to others can results in kindness repaid. The differences between the lion and the mouse diminished becasue they are equally large at heart. The only words found were the sounds made by the animals such as “wooh,” “screech,” and “grr.” The limited use of language drew more attention towards the art work (made out of pencil, watercolor, and colored pencils). I recommend this book to children of all ages, because the illustrations used are so inspiring and the story behind it is significant.

Good as Gold by Anna Braybrooks

Reviewed by Megan Burns

Tone: Heartwarming, Sweet, Inspirational
Pace: Relaxed
Storyline: Character driven
Writing Style: Thoughtful

Good as Gold is an excellent illustration and a great read aloud book. This book was about a bunch of friends going to find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Along the way each of them found something that excited them more. They were all happy finding what they had found expect one of them who had found nothing. One of the friends finished what they had, went into the forest and bought back different color materials for the friend. They all were finally happy and satisfied. The author did an excellent job by getting her point across to the readers. Good as Gold is an excellent book about learning about true friends. Friends who became closer, who care, and being happy for each other.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.

Reviewed by Rebecca Hinsch
 
Storyline: issue-oriented
Pace: relaxed pace
Tone: sweet, noisy, and silly
 

In the book, there were dfferent animals that are asked what do you hear, they each hear a different animal. This book is very educational for little kids to let them know what different animals sound like. It’s very easy to read and very fun to read aloud. You can really get into how each animal sounds as you read it out loud.

             
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