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For the past several years, I’ve been living as an English-language writer, artist and language/writing coach in a small German town.
Every year, the librarians at my local library ask me for my list of must-have storybooks and the other night I realized others might want to take a look at it. This is a list of eight books I requested last week.
My pick of the top English-language kids books for the new year.
1. Exclamation Mark from Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.
Rosenthal is known for a lot of different projects to different people. She’s written for adults and kids, and you may have even seen her TEDx Talks on YouTube. As a writer of children’s books, her best and most known are Bedtime for Mommy illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Plant A Kiss, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. These two books are incredible must-haves, created by some of the most talented people in the business.
When I found out that Rosenthal had paired up now with Tom Lichtenhelt, I got really excited. This is bound to be another great book. [UPDATE: It is. Now that I’ve read this book to kids at the library as well as several of my students, here are my thoughts about this particular book.]
2. The Day the Crayons Quit from Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.
3. Sam and Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.
4. Meet the Parents by Peter Bently and Sara Ogilvie.
5. A Possum’s Tail by Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow.
6. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.
7. Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie.
8. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak.
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