What’s your budding bookworm reading for National Reading Month? If you need some help putting together a list of fun recreational books, children’s book author, Jackie Broad may have the answer. As a children’s book author and founder of Three Puppies Press, Jackie is our community champion for reading. Memories of reading her books, Grandma Wants to Eat My Baby Sister and Eat Your Breakfast or Else! (both Mom’s Choice Award Recipients), still make my now not-so-little kids smile. Though her children are also bit older now, Jackie still keeps a growing list of the best children’s books. Here, she’s put together her four favorite picture books, which happen to include my kids’ favorite topics, sports and cooking. Happy reading!
The Boy Who Never Gave Up – Stephen Curry The Children’s Book by Anthony Curcio
This biography of Stephen Curry , #30 on the Golden State Warriors, will inspire your little one to believe that anything is possible. Stephen was told many times as a child that he wasn’t big enough, tall enough or good enough to play basketball. But he proved the naysayers wrong by believing in himself, improving his game and never giving up. The rest is history.
Bon Appetit! – The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland
The amazing true story of how Julia Child found her passion for cooking later in life and brought the art of french cooking to America. Great for your budding chef or anyone who needs a real world example of how doing what you love can lead to great success, both professionally and personally. For a picture book, this is a “meaty” story with lots of text, so good to be read aloud to the younger crowd or informative and fun for your Middle Schooler too!
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf
An adorable book that revolves around little Sophie and her doll that she names Bernice. Sophie babies Bernice and takes her everywhere. Life is good. The only problem with Bernice is that she is not made of plastic, but a softer exterior. Bernice is a squash. A squash that is beginning to turn brown and squishy. Bernice learns, reluctantly, how to deal with endings…. and the possibility of new beginnings.
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Bruce is a grumpy bear. He doesn’t like much. Not sunny days or cute animals. What he loves are eggs. While figuring out what recipe to use for his eggs, the unthinkable happens- the eggs hatch! And who do they think is their Mama? Bruce. Try as he might, Bruce could not stop those baby geese from following him. Then Bruce started to change his mind about having them around.