I read so many picture books. Sometimes I forget which ones ML and I read together. The other night I pulled out Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson. ML insisted, “Mommy! We’ve read it before!” I said, “I don’t think so.” She promised, “We did! It’s really good, so we can read it again.” ML was correct. We did read it together a few weeks ago. We enjoyed the book even more the second time. We spent the evening laughing at the new details we discovered in the illustrations. ML loves how the troll’s outfit and the girl’s outfit match.
It was a night of troll books. We enjoyed The Three Billy Goats Gruff retold by Mary Finch and illustrated by Roberta Arenson too. When ML saw the cover she exclaimed, “We have that book at school. I love it.” It was a shared reading experience. In a deep voice ML read…
“Im a troll,from a deep dark hole,
My belly’s getting thinner,
I need to eat — and goat’s a treat —
So I’ll have you for my dinner.”
I don’t often name the publishers of books, but I want to highlight the publishers of these two books. Nosy Crow, the publisher of Troll Swap, began publishing in 2011. In just three years, they’ve published award-winning, kid approved books. Barefoot Books, the publisher of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, began in 1992. Several of my favorite books to read in story time are published by Barefoot Books. The Animal Boogie sung by Fred Penner and illustrated by Debbie Harter is my go to for a group filled with children of all ages.