Hoot and Peep By Lita Judge is beautiful. I love the subtle colors, the softness of the owls, the expressions...visually this is one of my favorite picture books of all time. Hoot is a big brother to Peep, and wants to show Peep the way to do all the things, but Peep has some different ideas about how to do things. At first Hoot doesn't like Peep straying from his example, but soon realizes Peep's way is effective too and much more fun! Such a nice message about being open-minded to other's opinions told through a wonderfully illustrated book.
Sparky! By Jenny Offill is just adorable. Sparky is a sloth. Sloth's don't do much, which seems like just the kind of pet the narrator's mom agrees to let her get. After he arrives by mail, he doesn't quite live up to his new owner's expectations, but she loves him anyway.
The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big Storm by Paul Bright is an absolute gem. I love all the books Jane Chapman illustrates...she's amazeballs. This story follows a family of bears through a stormy night, which ends with a great big scare! But the story doesn't end the way you would expect. Great storytelling combined with great illustrations is every picture book reader's dream...I wish all picture books could be this good.
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Hoot and Peep