I’m slowly losing Lu to the land of middle grade novels and independent reading. Some nights—not every night—when it’s picture book read aloud time, she chooses to read alone. I’m happy to report that several of the picture books we read this month are Lu-approved. She listens and laughs with us even though she’s obviously WAY too old for picture books.

7 picture books we're reading April 2017
7 picture books we're reading April 2017

Here’s what we read this month

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

 Be Quiet! is one of those books you know is going to be laugh-out-loud funny as soon as you hear the premise. Rupert the Mouse is making a wordless picture book. It will be very artistic. But there are two problems—his friends Nibbs and Thistle, who won’t stop talking! The noisy friends suggest lots of silent scenes that could happen in the book, including turning into potatoes, introducing a silent superhero, and even experimenting with a tree falling in the woods. Despite all their help, Rupert can’t take it anymore. He just wants them to BE QUIET!

Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro and illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

 Bunny’s Book Club breaks out of the low-word-count picture book mold that has been the norm lately. It’s a true story. Bunny loves books ever since he overhead the librarian reading at an outdoor story hour. But how can he get books of his own? Through the book drop, of course! He breaks into the library every night, and soon the whole forest is joining him. That is until one night when they stay a little too long. What will happen when the librarian shows up for work?

Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol

This Caldecott Honor Book is full of surprises! The illustration has an old-world feel that left me surprised when we ended up on the other side of a wormhole. Let me explain. Leave Me Alone! is about an old woman who lived with too many grandchildren to count. One day, she got fed up and wanted everyone to Leave Her Alone! In her quest to get as far from annoyances as possible, she ends up as far away as “a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe.” (Yes, I had to look up what a wormhole is. Thanks, Space.com!)

Life on Mars by Jon Agee

Man, I love finding books that have a boy protagonist that appeals to girls. For better or for worse, we read very few boy-led books these days. Life on Mars is a fun little story about a boy who lands on the red planet in search of life. He searches everywhere but comes up empty. The only problem is he forgets to look behind him and under his feet.

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

 Today is perfect for Cat. It is perfect for Dog. It is perfect for Chickadee. It is even perfect for Squirrel. But when it becomes a perfect day for Bear—well, Bear has a way of making the day less perfect for the others. The illustrations that accompany A Perfect Day’s simple story are a treat!

Pete With No Pants by Rowboat Watkins

 The title alone should indicate the silliness that awaits you in this book. Pete With No Pants is a giant elephant calf who is confused about his identity. Is he a boulder? Nah, boulders are no fun. A squirrel? The other squirrels don’t seem to think so. Maybe a cloud? No, clouds don’t walk. It’s all so confusing—he’s gray AND he’s not wearing pants. That is, until Mama Elephant shows up. This book has a lot of side dialogue, which means Lu and Bean discover new jokes each time they read.


Tidy by Emily Gravett

Tidy is about a badger named Pete who loves to clean. Maybe a little too much. He cleans the forest until there are no fallen leaves. Then he cleans until there are no trees. And then—oops!—he accidentally paves over the entrance to his home underground. Discontent to sleep in a cement mixer, the only remaining bedlike surface in the forest, Pete figures he better right his wrongs by being decidedly untidy.

What picture books are you into this month? Link to your blog post below, or share in the comments!

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