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What is my new List of Top Storybooks to Read in 2016? Find out what I’m asking the local library to order.
I love to read illustrated storybooks to kids. It’s fun (first and foremost) and it gives me some real insight into what kids like, love and don’t get. As a writer, this is really important.
For nearly four years, I’ve been reading illustrated storybooks to kids at the local library. Afterward, we do a crafts project related to the book. I’m not a librarian, but the library has hired me on a contractual basis to work there for one hour per month, just for this reading event, the only one in the English language.
The library where I read is in the small town of Homburg, Germany. The kid’s section is whimsical and offers lots of space for ready listeners. There are kids from all over who come to hear an English-language story: the US and UK, but also Syria, Italy, Korea, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, etc. It’s something I love.
I get to pick the books, so that means around this time of year, I hunt down the up-and-coming storybooks that I think are most promising. Then I send my list to the public library so they can place the book order.
When I’m done with the reading and crafts event (what the librarians call Happy Palmtree - because there is a large plush palm tree people can sit underneath in the kid’s section and because Happy Palmtree is English-ish), the library keeps the book and it’s available for the town’s kids to borrow.
This is my list, the list I’ve emailed the local library so that they’ll order these as they become available (some are not yet released). In no particular order.
My List of Top Storybooks to Read in 2016
1. Mo Willems
The Thank You Book
Read more about Mo Willems HERE.
2. Britta Teckentrup
Read more about Britta Teckentrup HERE.
3. Richard Collingridge
Watch Collingridge’s wonderful TEDx Talk HERE. It’s both inspiring and funny!
4. David Litchfield
5. Lita Judge
Hoot and Peep
Read more about Lita Judge HERE.
6. Jane Yolen and Chris Sheban
What to do with a Box
7. Mac Barnett and Chris van Dusen
President Taft is Stuck in the Bath
(cover not yet released)
8. Tara Lazar and S. Britt
9. Michelle Robinson and David Roberts
10. Susan McElroy Montanari and Anne Wilsdorf
How a book gets on this list.
To get on my radar, you need to have a history of creating quality stories. It doesn’t matter how a book is published, but it does need to be published during the year I read it at the library (read: not the year before). It also has to be in print, not just an ebook.
What new, up-and-coming books are you excited about? (Yes, it can be your own book. Of course!) Write below, let me know - or, as ever, send me an email.
Keep creating, no matter what.