April Picture Book Favorites

April was another quick month– we had a busy month with a mini trip to New York, some new playgrounds, lots of puzzles, magic painting, and board games too. We’ve also been reading a lot of early chapter books and recently finished Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Some of the language is definitely dated, but it was perfect for my 4-year-old, who doesn’t like conflict of any kind. I made it almost 4 full months before I kind of gave up on my picture book tracking, but I’m trying to get back on track.

Mighty Mighty Construction Site— This was a repeat for us that someone grabbed on one of our recent library trips and I’ve enjoyed reading it almost nightly with my 2.5yo. The original crew of trucks link up with some new trucks– pumper being the fan favorite in our house.

The Digger and the Duckling— this cute little story arrived in Easter baskets this year and my 2.5yo cannot get enough of it. A little duckling arrives on the construction site one day and eventually wins over the hearts of all of the different construction trucks. It reminds me a bit of a Curious George story we’ve read about ducklings, a dump truck, and a park– and it’s a great book for sensory play.

The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible – We got this for my now-four-year-old’s third birthday and had read a few of the stories here and there, but it wasn’t until this month that he was interested in reading the entire thing cover to cover. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a great beginner bible.

The Curious Garden – I found this randomly before we took a trip to New York, but we didn’t end up getting the book from the library before our trip. Once I picked it up from the library I couldn’t remember why I had checked it out, but it’s inspired by the high line, and it is SO GOOD. My 4-year-old was immediately intrigued by the train tracks, but he quickly grew interested in the story, and now goes around saying he has a pruning problem.

My Tree – This is a beautiful story about a boy who moves from Korea and an old tree in his new backyard reminds him of home. I definitely teared up reading this, and it was one I was excited my 4-year-old liked just as much. We talk about the old tree all the time.

Thank You, Omu! – I have to admit I had seen this book all over Instagram and it never piqued my interest. When I saw it as a Wonder Book option at the library I flipped through it and decided to check it out and I’m so glad I did because it is wonderful. It’s about a grandmother who shares her stew with the entire community, and when she goes to eat dinner that night she has nothing left, until the knocks on her door begin again. The author’s note in the back explains that Omu means queen in Nigerian, and growing up it is what she called her grandma.

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