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
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.