#2021PictureBookReadingChallenge wk1


This year my reading goal is 365 picture books. I expect to surpass this as I read a metric butt ton of pictures books. Between my own profession (writer) and my kids loving picture books... we go through them FAST.

But this blog series will allow me to review a few of them each week and let everyone know what we're reading.

We read from the library, secondhand stores, used book shops, and chain book stores. We're not too picky where they come from, as long as we love them.


Week 1 (of 52) we read:

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds. We're familiar with a few of his other books so we didn't even hesitate in dropping this into our cart. And as a writer... I'm also something of a word collector. This story is so sweet. Its cyclical story shape and heartwarming sentiment were delightful to participate in.

The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton. Have you read ANYTHING by Ben Clanton? Go! Now. pick up everything your library has and then ALWAYS drop his books in your cart when you find them. This one was no exception. It's a bit of a reimagining of the "dish ran away with the spoon" and for that made it pretty fun to read. I saw the connection but my kids (unfamiliar with those classic nursery rhymes) didn't so we got to chat more about that and expose them to something we over had looked.

There's This Thing by Connah Brecon. I LOVE books that get a bit meta. This one follows a girl trying to open her heart but doesn't know how or where or if she even should. What a GREAT introduction to love, openness, vulnerability, and risk.

The Wolves In The Walls by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave Mckean. Another author you can just drop every book you find into your cart? This one! His adult books are SO popular (and given away from our house so frequently that we buy them everytime we see them just to have stock), but not a lot of people know he also writes picture books. Not a ton of them but they are each GREAT. This one is out there... I mean, it's Neil Gaiman after all. But still SO fun to read and even better to listen to the audio cause he reads it himself and that accent? Yeah, get the audio, you won't regret it.

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom. You ever find a book and say "I WISH I'd written this!"?? Yeah, this is one of those for me. As I mentioned above, I love meta picture books. Ones that break barriers in story telling or deal with abstract concepts in concrete ways... I think it's my Montessori background, but I digress. This is a great look at how one can nurture an idea until it changes the world. It also deals with those nay-sayers a bit.

The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. The second book in this series, that I've read anyway is all about finding lost crayons and learning where they've been. Drew and Oliver deliver some great fun... I mean, are we at all surprised by that? No.

Tough Cookie by David Wisniewski. I found this author just out of high school when I was a freshly minted preschool teacher. His book, The Secret Knowledge of Grownups inspired me to start writing. I wanted to create literature like his. Funny, kid centric and modern. Tough Cookie is a noir inspired story about life inside the cookie jar. Dig deep and get in touch with your inner theater kid to really bring this one to life and you'll have SO much fun reading it.

Those are our first week of books this year. Also, side note? I got ALL of these books for less than 4 dollars a piece at our somewhat local used book store. So NEVER think that you have to shell out the big bucks to enjoy reading with your kids.

Next week? Mostly library books. It's about balance folks!

See you then.

Happy Reading.

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