Up to Seven, 2009 List
Until everything in her room turns blue, Alice insists she can’t sleep, but her mother’s gentle night-time rituals help drowsy eyes close. A lyrical text and softly colored illustrations prepare both Alice and young listeners for bed.
A reclusive bear and a resolute mouse form an unlikely friendship in this gently comical tale that pairs rich language with expressive watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations.
The juxtaposition of colorful photographs of human babies and animals in similar poses will amuse toddlers and parents alike in this engaging board book.
This original folktale about a withering drought in Kenya pits a young girl against the implacable forces of nature. Stylized acrylic illustrations convey the richly colored but severe landscape Lila traverses as she attempts to save her village.
Rustic woodblock prints paired with simple, playful poetry reflect the sights and sounds of barnyard habitués. Deliciously old-fashioned, this crowd-pleasing combination makes a handsome selection for both story times and lap-sharing.
Evocative watercolor illustrations and a boisterous chant create an ode to babies around the world, who are all loved, and who, “as everyone knows, [have] . . . ten little fingers and ten little toes.”
Information about the habits of wild fowl, a perfectly designed text for beginning readers, humorous full-color illustrations, and respect for the natural world make this story of a young boy who discovers two hatchlings ideal for budding naturalists.
Generously large illustrations, an almost wordless text, and poignant details commemorate the hope and compassion a small boy and his family show as they heal an injured pigeon.
An imaginative little girl, a beloved toy monkey, a catchy refrain, and buoyant illustrations provide readers with a playful, visual guessing game. Preschoolers will crow with delight as each animal’s identify is revealed.