I’m planning a visit to a friend recovering from a concussion, among other things, and who is getting more than a little bored and restless after two weeks in bed. She and I often share picture book recommendations, mostly for her kindergartener, but since she’s unable to read or watch TV right now, I wanted to put together a selection of recent and awesome books to share with her. Hence, grown-up storytime. Here are my picks.
- I Am Yoga by Susan Verde. The first picture book I bought for myself and a beautiful meditation for children and adults alike.
- Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler. My top pick for her son from this bunch. Bored Ernest plunges into his bottomless pond and discovers a whole new world. Downside — I had to look up a word in this one.
- I Am Daisy Written By Daisy, who shares her story of going from the noisy shelter to her forever home. “Ghostwriter” Lori Froeb perfectly captures the feline tone, and I’m looking forward to using it as a read-aloud. Thelma is looking forward to me not practicing the opening line (Spoiler alert: it’s meow!) anymore.
- Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers is a favorite illustrator for both of us (his Once Upon An Alphabet was one of my top books last year), and this friendship story is both entertaining and heartwarming.
- Goodnight Selfie by Scott Menchin. My first read of this book both left me thinking “that was a two-star book” and “I must read this to J.” She loves selfies, and I imagine we’ll enjoy this book, regardless of literary merit.