Picture books for snuggly days

Picked up season 1 of Fargo after watching the movie for the first time last weekend (shameful, I know!) and walked out with a stack of books, many from our favourite authors and illustrators, for my girls. The public library for the win! . . #library #ottawapubliclibrary #bookworm #bookstagram #book #read #reading #publiclibrary #picturebook #fargo #betterlatethannever

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Winter is here and we’ve been doing a good job of enjoying outdoor activities, but nothing makes me happier than snuggling on the couch with my little bookworms! The other day I posted a picture on @NotJstBabyBrain’s Instagram feed of my library haul. I went in to get a DVD of the first season of Fargo after watching the movie for the first time, and I came out with a huge stack of books. I wanted to highlight a few of our favourite authors and illustrators in case anyone is planning a library (or book store) trip of their own.

  •  We love Dan Santat, who wrote and illustrated two of the books that I selected, “The Guild of Geniuses” and “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” (which he won a Caldecott Medal for excellence in illustration for). Check out “The Three Ninja Pigs” as well.
  • Oliver Jeffers has had my heart for years now. He illustrated “The Day The Crayons Quit” and “The Day the Crayons Came Back”, both of which are in regular rotation here, and he created The Boy and Penguin books (“Up and Down”, “Lost and Found”). I found “The Way Back Home” at the library and had to bring it home!
  • Melanie Watt is hilarious (and Canadian! She’s from Quebec so all of her books are available in French as well as English). She created both the Scaredy Squirrel and Chester series. “Bug in a Vacuum” is new to me, though it was published in 2015, and it deals with the 5 stages of grief, which I didn’t realize when I picked it up. I am looking forward to exploring this one with my daughters!
  • Roth Ohi is also Canadian, and her Fox and Squirrel books are very popular at the school library I volunteer in. She has won awards for her illustrations, and her books are great for kids who are learning to read on their own, but also read aloud really nicely.
  • Daniel Salmieri illustrated “The Dullards”, which I picked up today. The books that he illustrates tend to be a little quirky and we love that! He often works with Adam Rubin and their “Those Darn Squirrels” series and “Dragons Love Tacos” have been favourites for our family for years now.

There are also some easy chapter books in there, but that’s a post for another day. Kids books are my favourite! I’d love to hear what your kids are reading and loving these days.

13 Comments on Picture books for snuggly days

  1. Lynda Cook
    March 11, 2017 at 9:46 PM (11 months ago)

    That looks like a great pile of books, right now it’s all about the board books with my granddaughter

  2. Cynthia C
    March 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM (10 months ago)

    When my kids were small we spent lots of days with our books. They had so many favorites that they never got tired of.

  3. Calvin F.
    March 14, 2017 at 2:17 PM (10 months ago)

    Lots of treasures at the library! I also haven’t seen fargo yet.

  4. Florence Cochrane
    March 18, 2017 at 10:02 AM (10 months ago)

    I keep a selection of books for when my grandchildren and other little ones visit.

  5. Mike Gismondi
    March 21, 2017 at 7:41 PM (10 months ago)

    My kids love reading anything by Melanie Watt… especially Scaredy Squirell!

  6. Tara Gauthier
    March 23, 2017 at 12:48 AM (10 months ago)

    My daughter loves going to the library for books. This looks like a great selection of books!

  7. Debbie S.
    March 23, 2017 at 1:36 PM (10 months ago)

    I love reading to my grandchildren. You have some books in your pile there, we have not read yet. A trip to the library is in order. My grandson is reading books to us now too.

  8. Tracey Concannon
    March 25, 2017 at 10:03 PM (10 months ago)

    It’s such a satisfying feeling walking out of the library with my girls and everyone has TONS of books! Then it goes quiet at home for hours! We are past picture books for the most part, but the illustrations of childrens books still draw me in!

  9. Melissa F
    March 29, 2017 at 11:06 AM (10 months ago)

    These are great!

  10. Calvin F.
    March 30, 2017 at 3:37 PM (10 months ago)

    I love picture books, really loved them when I was small.

  11. Debbie S.
    April 1, 2017 at 1:51 AM (10 months ago)

    What a great stack of books. I have read some of these with the grandchildren, like Fox and Squirrel make a friend. I enjoy reading to and with my grandchildren.

  12. Wanda Tracey
    April 7, 2017 at 4:47 PM (10 months ago)

    That is a great selection of books to have.I like to keep a few different books here too for my grandchildren to read.

  13. janine a
    April 11, 2017 at 8:56 AM (10 months ago)

    great book collection, we have so many books, our toddler LOVES to read


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