books we love

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

In this delightful book by Marianne Dubuc, a lone country lion befriends a bird after it falls and breaks its wing. Together they spend the winter eating hearty meals, sitting by the fire and sleeping in a cozy bedroom - the bird in a makeshift slipper-bed.

As winter passes and the bird heals, the bird's friends are seen in the sky. "I know," the lion says to the bird with a loving nod, and the bird flies away, leaving his lion friend alone.

Lion quickly gets back to his daily routines as a lone lion. But it's bittersweet. He eats at the table with only one place setting, he sits in his rocker next to an empty bird box by the fireplace, and he slumbers next to the makeshift slipper-bed that once held his delicate bird friend.

Soon after, it’s back to the garden for Lion, who obviously enjoys the alone time needed for reading under a tree and fishing in a lake. 

As fall returns and the lion's tomatoes are ready for harvest, he can’t help but wonder if his bird friend will come back too. The bird does return, which makes for a happy, cycle-of-life ending that everyone can love. 


The Dark by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

There is something mysterious (and sometimes terrifying) about the dark. Especially when you are a little kid. To some kids, every ounce of darkness contains the stuff of monsters.

That's why we LOVE this book by Lemony Snicket. It's a great way to teach kids that yes, there are some rather scary things in the world, but when you confront them, those scary things aren't as powerful as they once were. 

In The Dark, a young boy named Laszlo is afraid of the dark. He pretty much does everything he can to avoid the dark until one day, when his light bulb dies, the dark pays him an unwanted visit. Laszlo meanders into the darkest spots of his house, and in a way, gets to know the dark a little better. As the pages progress, and as Laszlo encounters more and more darkness, his fears are less and less. 

We won't spoil the ending for you, so it's best you get your hands on a copy of this new classic sooner than later. 

And of course, check out more of Jon Klassen's illustrations HERE. 

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The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud

In this engaging and super-sweet book, two bears embark on a city adventure. Throughout the pages, Papa Bear searches for Little Bear who has escaped the bear den. Little Bear chases a buzzy bee through the city, leading both bears into an array of scenes where readers can play hide and seek with the bears and the bee.

Benjamin Chaud's dense illustrations are are beautifully amplified buy the book's larger format. And the colors are rich and could easily be used as inspiration for putting together an outfit or decorating a room. 

The Bear's Song is a reading experience that is brimming with FUN! We love. 

The Onion’s Great Escape by Sara Fanelli

Sara Fanelli's activity book asks young readers to help the onion break free by answering thought-provoking questions and completing the activities within, finally pressing a three-dimensional character right out of the pages. The illustrations are wildly imaginative and the vintage-inspired color palette makes you want to hang each page on the wall. It's gorgeous, interactive and so, so fun to read!

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If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

Sometimes it can be hard to be patient and focused, but if you have something enticing to aim for, then sitting and enjoying the process of waiting and watching can be a magical treat.

If You Want to See a Whale is a playfully serene book about a little boy who wants to see a whale. In order to do this, he has to resist some rather lovely distractions (delicate roses, sailing ships, a wise pelican, clouds floating in the sky) that try to turn him away from his ultimate goal. And though he notices these distractions, and learns from them, he continues to wait and watch until the time is just right to see his whale. 

The illustrations by Erin Stead are delicate and playful and work really well with the soft, simple wisdom of the words on each page. It's definitely one of our favorite books and is a must read for everyone. 

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