Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Perry Picture Books: First Year Favorites

Reading together over the last year has been the best. It’s cuddly, it’s giggly, and I just can’t get enough of it. We've had to switch to board books exclusively because homeboy loves to turn the pages by ripping them apart, but we put considerable mileage on the picture books up until a few weeks ago.

When I moved our picture books onto a safer shelf I got a little wistful, and wanted to write up a list of my favorite, most frequent reads. I'm not saying any of these are hidden gems (although Chris had never heard of Corduroy. Corduroy!), I'm just saying I loved them. Jack doesn't proffer his stances on the quality of the plots or nature of the illustrations, so let's be honest, this is a list of the books that I loved reading again and again.

He actually does have opinions about board books though, so I'll post a quick list of our board books tomorrow. But today, it's my favorite picture books from Jack's first year.

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Corduroy by Don Freeman
The first time I read this to Jack I couldn’t make it through the last page because I was crying. “I like you just the way you are, but you’ll be more comfortable with your shoulder strap fastened.” Childhood. Friendship. Emotions.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
This is Chris’ favorite. We also have The Pigeon Needs A Bath, and some of the Pigeons’ dialogue hits a little too close to home. Poor Brittney, never wants to sleep, never wants to shower.

Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider
Jack always cracks up when we say, “But not Fred.” Plus there is an illustration where one of the pigs has a “Chris” tattoo, so obviously we had to buy it.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett 
I loved Jon Klassen's illustrations and I love the message of serving others. Bonus book: I also love Klassens illustrations in Lemony Snicket’s The Dark.

Imogene’s Antlers by David Small
I grew up reading this book about acceptance, and it’s even cuter now than it was twenty years ago, and Jack always laughs when Imogene's mother faints away.

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
Teaching compassion through cupcakes? Yeah. This one’s a winner.

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt 
We renewed this one from the library so many times we just bought it because, “Britt. You are scaredy squirrel. This is you.”


  1. You know I now have a need to visit a bookstore ASAP to read these.
    And I never want to sleep or shower either. This is why we're friends. Also, in Yosemite, Brad said to me on Wednesday, "I get to see what it's like to be Whitney for a day." referring to the fact that he wasn't showering in Yosemite.

  2. I haven't read the pigeon books yet (Or any other books on your list! Ack. I am ashamed) but....I don't sleep or shower either. Our husbands are SO LUCKY. We love the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, but I feel like younger kids don't really "get" them. Haha. Daisy loves them now but I used to force-read them to her for my own entertainment. i was too terrified of picture books when she was tiny so we're just getting past the board book phase! And I have yet to check out a children's book from the library. I have nightmares about crayons and library books 😳


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