Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picture Books

Vincent Comes Home by Jessixa Bagley and Aaron Bagley

Cover image for Vincent comes homeVincent is a cat who lives on a cargo ship and his paws have never touched land.  He has a happy life aboard ship and travels all over the world. Vincent  overhears a ship’s crewman speaking of Home,  and decides to follow the man Home and see just why Home is so wonderful.  This beautifully illustrated book explores the meaning of Home with such sweetness and charm you will want to read it again and again.

Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

Remembering Vera by Patricia Polacco

Cover image for Remembering VeraWhen a young Coast Guard serviceman finds a dog while sweeping the dock, he can’t help but adopt the dog despite the strict rules of the coast guard’s Commander “Ol’ Man.”  The serviceman names the lovable dog Vera and she quickly becomes a treasured member of the Coast Guard team.  The men, however, continue to hide her from the Commander.   One day during an emergency rescue, the Ol’ Man spots Vera!  What Vera does next is both inspiring and courageous.  This book is a true story about Vera and her heroic actions.  If you enjoy reading books about brave animals, check this one out!

 

I am not a chair! by Ross Burach

Cover image for I am not a chair!Here’s a super funny story about giraffe’s first day in the jungle, when all the other animals think he’s a chair! After a full day of being sat on, giraffe has had it. He’s just about to tell the next animal he sees that he is not a chair, when along comes lion and boy is lion hungry! Read the book to see what happens after that! Hint: It’s hilarious! Try reading this to preschoolers or kindergarteners  and see if they can spot the turtle at the end of the book.

 

Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Cover image for LifeHow could you go wrong with writing by Cynthia Rylant and illustrations by Caldecott honor winner Brendan Wenzel? And really, the text and art are both winners here. The artwork, full of vibrant animals and the beauty of nature, accompanies an uplifting text about everything there is to love in life and all of life’s changes. This would be a great gift at graduations! Also, it’s recommended for anyone facing a major transition in their life, as well as those who enjoy sharing a sentimental book with a loved one.

 

Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith

Cover image for Town is by the seaTown is by the Sea is an absolutely beautiful picture book.  This beautiful story takes us through a summer day in the life of a young boy in Nova Scotia. As the boy goes about his day in a Canadian mining town,  we see the sharp contrast of his sun filled days and his father’s dark says underground as a coal miner.  The illustrations are stunning and although this sweet story takes place at a different time, the universal feelings of family and love are timeless.  This is a quiet picture book ideal for sharing one on one.

Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant