I am hoping, as most East Coasters are, that the power will not go out. The winds are gusting outside of my house. The trees in our backyard are swaying back and forth. I cannot decide what is scarier: looking at those trees or watching The Weather Channel. Therefore, I decided to gather up a sleuth of new picture books to share with Isabelle if and when the lights go out. (Let’s be honest, I will share them with her if the power stays on too! That would certainly make for a better picture-viewing experience, wouldn’t it?)
It is possible (though unlikely based on current weather predictions) that we will get some snow. Therefore, Cold Snap written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (Random House, 2012), will be added to our Hurricane Sandy book stack. While this book is about snow and we’re currently experiencing high winds and rain, the cold snap in the book takes place over an elongated period of time (kind of like this Frankenstorm). While Hurricane Sandy is the October Surprise for the Presidential Election, the book refers to a winter surprise. While these parallels are too sophisticated for my toddler to understand, I figured I’d mention them. Also, there’s an adorable recipe for Miss Dove’s Sugar-on-Snow Candy at the back of the book. While I doubt we’ll be able to make it this week, Isabelle and I can certainly revisit this book and the recipe once a true cold snap hits here in the months to come.
Max and Ruby’s Treasure Hunt (Penguin, 2012) by Rosemary Wells has lift-the-flap clues that I know Isabelle will enjoy! I haven’t read it yet, so we’ll experience it together for the first time.
Benji Davies, who is the creator of the Bizzy Bear books Isabelle likes so much, is the illustrator of Railroad Hank (Random House, 2012), which was written by Lisa Moser. Isabelle is very into vehicles right now. She likes to look at them on the road, in the air, or on the tracks. Therefore, I know she’ll get a kick out of this book, which has great onomatopoeia, which will make it even more fun to read aloud to her!
The Tooth Mouse (KidsCan Press, 2012) is a sweet picture book written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Janice Nadeau. It is a fable about the French version of the Tooth Fairy. While Isabelle is in the process of getting her two year-old molars, rather than loosing teeth, I think she’ll love this adorable story, which has delightful illustrations of mice. Plus, there are lots of French words and expressions throughout the text, so it gives me a wonderful opportunity to expose her to some the foreign language I studied for years.
Of course, we’ll read lots of favorite board books and picture books too! But these are three new ones which I’m almost positive will delight my little one’s eyes (even if they’re by the light of a battery-operated lantern).