It wasn’t until we had two openings for library pages,  I realized how many picture books are about socks.  Who knew?  And what exactly are library pages?  It’s the library term for the people who shelve the books.

Learning to put on your own socks is an important developmental step.  Maybe publishers think reading silly books about socks makes learning this important task more fun.  Below are the books I discovered.  ML enjoyed all of them.

Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Socksquatch by Frank Dormer
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth and illustrated by Jane Porter
Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek and illustrated by Lee White
New Socks by Bob Shea
Lizette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valckx

If you think this is a lot of books about socks… look at how many of the books feature ducks.  Five!  Ducks as children book characters have to be right behind bears in popularity.  What do you think are the top five animals used as picture book characters?


A Three Word Book

ah ha

Last week, ML bragged, “I read an entire Rainbow Magic chapter book today.” I was both impressed and sad. I feared she might start telling me picture books were babyish. Thankfully, even books with the simplest text still appeal to her.

She was immediately hooked on the book AH HA! by Jeff Mack. There are only three words in this book Ah, ha, and aaah. Those three words and Mack’s brightly colored illustrations create a robust story. The facial expressions on the animals tell it all.

Another great book for both preschool and elementary-aged children. Other books illustrated by Jeff Mack are story time hits – Mr. Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer, Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting, Starry Safari by Linda Ashman and Rub-a-Dub Sub by Linda Ashman. For a few weeks when ML was four, the only book she wanted me to read was Starry Safari. She particularly loved the illustration on the last page of the book.

starry safari