“Fun” is one of my main requirements for read-alouds. Here’s my final picture book roundup for 2018, a list that I will definitely draw from when reading to kids in 2019.
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder
Published by The Minnesota Historical Society Press
I was delighted to find a few books this year about contemporary Native Americans, and this was one of my favorites. I love the illustrations of the dogs at the powwow.
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
This book pretty much defines fun.
Dude! word by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat
Published by Roaring Brook Press
I’ve already tested this out, and it is, indeed, fun to read aloud. Divide kids into two groups; one can read the part of the beaver and the other, the platypus. There’s only one word, so it’s all about the delivery.
The Hen Who Sailed Around the World by Guirec Soudee
Published by Little, Brown
The story of Guirec’s travels with his intrepid hen Monique is both an adventurous travelogue and a quirky, funny, and very French story of a chicken.
Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Madeline Valentine
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
When Teddy’s mom accidentally throws out his favorite toy, she uses her superpowers to undo her mistake. Gender stereotypes are turned on their heads throughout.