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Picture Books to Make You Laugh Out Loud!

by Miriam Downey 31. December 2013 07:42

Start the New Year off with a laugh.

I have been thinking about this posting during the holidays as I observed the things that made my grandchildren laugh. I watched my oldest grandchild making my youngest granddaughter laugh until she cried over his silly faces. I have heard children laughing at the dinner table over goofy jokes. At the same time, I observed my granddaughters watching tween shows on television where the laugh track was going wild but as the watchers, they weren't even cracking a smile. Why is that? Perhaps observing humor is different than participating in humor.

All of the books below are guaranteed to bring out a chuckle from both the reader and the listener. They are sophisticated enough that parents will love them as much as the child. They can all be found at the library or bookstore. They are guaranteed laughs.

I have to add that my special favorites are the books of David Shannon, Mark Teague, Lane Smith, James Marshall, Mo Willems and Dav Pilkey. You can't go wrong with any of their books.

Sooooo! Here's the list!

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Lane Smith

Pigsty by Mark Teague

Click, Clack Moo! Cows that Type! by Doreen Cronin

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka

No, David! by David Shannon

I Want My Hat Back! by Jon Klassen

I Stink by Kate McMullan

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

Imogene's Antlers by David Small

Happy reading! Happy New Year!

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The Snowy Day

by Miriam Downey 16. December 2013 10:51

I don't know where you are, but in Michigan, we have snow. Lots and lots of snow! No worries at all about a white Christmas. In fact, the worry may be that people aren't going to get wherever they were planning to go for Christmas if the snow machine doesn't shut off. Because we live on the East side of Lake Michigan, the cold winter wind comes across the warmer lake and makes snow, which then gets dumped in our yards and on our roads. Winter started very early this year.

It got me looking for some books about snow to share with those of you who don't have any (snow, that is). Here are some of my favorites both fiction and non-fiction to read this winter.


Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Caldecott Medal). This is a biography of the self-taught scientist, Wilson A. Bentley, who was obsessed with snowflakes. He photographed them and wrote a book about them, which is still in use. (grades 1-3).

Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition by Elixabeth Cody Kimmel. Talk about snow! The 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton to the polar ice cap is a disastrous survival story. (grades 4-8).

Winter Poems Illustrated by Trina Schart. Poems for the winter season. (grades k-5).

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancock. A simple but scientifically accurate picture book. Answers lots of questions about animals in winter. (grades k-2).

The Winter at Valley Forge: Survival and Victory by James E. Knight. How the worst of nature brought the best in men and turned farmers into soldiers. (grades 3-6).

The Kids Winter Handbook by Jane Drake. Lots of good ideas for celebrating winter. (grades k-6).

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. This is a true adventure of how Norwegian children on sleds helped save the country's money from the Nazis. An amazing story. (grades 4-8).

Picture Books

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. (Caldecott Medal). The young city child is absolutely enthralled with the beautiful snowy day. (grades k-2).

 Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (Caldecott Medal). A snowy walk through the woods. (grades k-2). There are several read alouds and videos of Owl Moon on YouTube.

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. A book about making snowballs and all the fun things that can be done with them. (grades 1-3).

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. Katy is a big snowplow who clears the way when the town is hit by a huge snowstorm. (grades k- 2). This book has a great symphonic version on YouTube.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. The classic wordless story of a snowman. (grades k-2).

Chapter Books and Read Alouds

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Introduce your child to Laura Ingalls Wilder with her long winter in the Dakota Territory. (grades 2-5).

Woodsong by Gary Paulson. Paulson is another great author to introduce to your children. This is the story of a dogsled race. (grades 4-8).

The Mystery in the Snow (Boxcar Children) by Gertrude Chandler Wagner. The Boxcar Children's winter adventure. A good introduction to this series. (grades 2-5).

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. (Newbery Award). An exciting adventure story of a young Eskimo girl lost in the wilds of Alaska. (grades 4-8)

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