Here are some of my favorite books for story times, mystery readers and just general recommendations:
Fractured Fairy Tales (and I’m completely biased because this is wildly my favorite genre of picture books):
– Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein: Ridiculously fun to yell and interupt myself as I read aloud
-Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox: LOVE the description, “she mishears him and throws down random objects instead.”
– Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson: I thought Mo Willem’s Golidlocks and the Three Dinosaurs would be good but this version completely blew me away! The bear tried to sit on a cactus! too pointy!! hilarious!
– Bark, George by Jules Feiffer: a classic, somehwhat disturbing tale of poor George…I love the look on kid’s faces when they hear the first “meow”.
– Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman: Again, I love a book where I can make loud noises…and I think young kids can relate to feeling so excited about something they just want to squish it.
– Three Little Kittens by Lorianne Siomades: Boring story, I know, but the vibrant and bright colors make this version of the nursery rhyme really perfect for the toddler/two year old story time crowd.
– Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas: Repetitive chorus with a gleeful eek! mixed in…works reallllly great with Interrupting Chicken with also involves getting someone to go to bed. Great bright colors, as with Thomas’ other books
– The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Three Little Kittens both by Lorianne Siomades:
Reallllllly great for story times with the 2s and under….just the straightforward rhymes with large colorful illustrations…I wish there were more!
– Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash:
Hysterical opportunities for ridiculous cowboytry…a cactus horse? Be prepared for your audience to yell out “It would hurt your butt!” The last page’s ending is hilarious for kids and adults.
– Count the Monkeys! by Mac Barnett:
Super fun, silly, begging the kids to count the monkeys and interact as we turn the pages. Some of the jokes went over their heads but they still were screaming laughing when there were no monkeys to count.