Five Star Picture Books 2015

It’s that time of year when the “Best of” lists are being published.  The following books received five stars from me on Goodreads, which isn’t easy to do.   I’ve read 499 picture books this year; most which were published this year.  Only fifteen received 5 stars.

 

Whale in Swimming Pool

The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan

Juneteenth

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Home

Home by Carson Ellis

If You Plant a Seed

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Simons New Bed

Simon’s New Bed by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt

Waiting

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Where's Walrus

Where’s Walrus?  And Penguin? by Stephen Savage

Lizard from Park

Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett

Dog Wearing Shoes

A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko

Everybody Sleeps

Everybody Sleeps (but not Fred) by Josh Schneider

How to Share with Bear

How to Share With a Bear by Eric Pinder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by  Matt de La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Beep Beep Go to Sleep

Beep, Beep, Go To Sleep by Todd Tarpley and illustrated by John Rocco

Look

Look by Jeff Mack

Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt

Home by Carson Ellis

Home

I’m highlighting Home by Carson Ellis today because of a post I wrote yesterday for my readbykerri blog.  I already knew it; but that post proves I’m a homebody.  It’s no wonder I was enamored with the picture book, Home, from the first time I saw it.  I’ve started a draft for our Mock Caldecott 2016 because of this hand-lettered book created with gouache and ink.

Having moved into a small house a few years ago, I did a major purge.  As stated in the previous post The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I’ve been there long enough to know what hasn’t been used since we moved and should probably go.

It’s the other part of my life which needs tidying.  Marie Kondo encourages one to only keep things that give “a spark of joy.”  I can’t follow her advice completely.  If I only kept the clothes that give me a spark of joy, I’d go to work naked.  Comfort and durability are the most important requirements for my professional wardrobe.  However, I can fill my life with experiences that give me joy.

This lead me to make a list of activities and things which provide a spark of joy in my life.  This list includes any and everything that popped in my head in a five minute time period

  • My daughter
  • Cutting flowers from our yard so I have fresh flowers in vases around the house.
  • Bacon at Whole Foods on Sunday mornings with my daughter
  • Taking my daughter and friends swimming
  • Spending kid free time with friends
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Volunteering with Postpartum Education and Support.
  • Planting and Weeding
  • Being a part of Listen To Your Mother
  • Daffodils
  • Plants from my mother and grandmother’s houses which now live in my yard
  • Eavesdropping on second graders’ conversations
  • The color green
  • Looking at dresses on www.eshakti.com
  • The new Cinderella movie
  • Spending time with family
  • The game Apples to Apples Junior
  • Entertaining friends with the ridiculous things I read on online dating profiles.
  • Coffee ice cream with chocolate chips
  • Home grown tomatoes
  • Our house