top 5 kids books. for grown-ups.

January 21, 2012

yum. books.
we eat books for breakfast, lunch and dinner around here.
from the moment piper could hold an object she has been mimicking sitting around reading.
we read as a family, together and alone. and devour books of all sorts.

as both a mom and a wee-people teacher, i am lucky to be spend my days surrounded by children's books.
i adore them, as do the little people (and big in fact) in all areas of my life.
many of them have such depth and power in the messages they deliver that they are in fact quick shots of wisdom in the life of adults everywhere.
here are my top 5 kids (adults) picture books (for now!)

1. The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley. By Colin Thompson.

"Human beings live for quite a long time and for a lot of that time we are not happy. We want to be taller, shorter, fatter, thinner, older and younger. We want our straight hair to be curly, our curly hair to be straight and our brown eyes to be blue. We hate our parents, children, teachers, students and everybody. We want to be somewhere else with someone else, eating something else and wearing something fantastic no one else can afford, and we want to splash them as we drive by in our big red car.
Rats live for quite a short time and for most of that time they are very, very happy..."

A book that reminds us to laugh and enjoy our life, every. single. day.

2. The Giving Tree. By Shel Silverstein.

Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ... and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

A story about giving and receiving and more importantly giving everything to someone you love the most.

3. The Anti-Heroes' Anti-Heroes: Norman and Brenda. By Colin Thompson.

"Some people face the world with confidence. They are popular, charismatic, incredibly successful and often beautiful. They achieve these things by sheer determination, talent and cosmetic surgery. They have big houses, big cars and big hair.

Norman and Brenda are nothing like these people . . ."

a story that reminds us that love is out there for everyone of us. Yes. I do so love mr. thompson and his raw and funny take on life.

4. Press Here. By Herve Tullet.

"Press here and turn the page," it instructs. When the page is turned, there's a second yellow dot beside the first one. "Great!" it says. "Now press the yellow dot again." A third yellow dot appears beside the first two. "Perfect," the narrator continues. "Rub the dot on the left... gently." On the next page, voila!—that dot is now red. "Well done!" the book congratulates.

every page in this book asks the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book with a surprise around every corner. so clever and like a bit of real magic for the new generation of screen tapping techies.

5. One. By Katherine Otoshi.

"Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count."

a counting and colours book with so much more to offer.
a lesson on bullying and love.

do you have a favourite picture book? have you read these?
do share!
oh, and happy weekend.
♡ ashley


  1. I haven't read any of these. Thanks for the suggestions...I'll have to keep an eye out for them next time I'm browsing the Book Depository!

    I really love "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" by Judith Kerr...surreal fun. And "The Gruffulo"...cheeky fun. Skye can't get enough of the "Spot" or "Maisie" books. They're very simple, honest and sweet. x

    1. i love the gruffulo, very cheeky and adorable. do keep your eyes out, they are amazing! x

  2. I haven't heard of any of these!

    Amelie loves to read so I'll be sure to check them out.


  3. What a lovely book review Ashley, thank you :o) I have not yet come across these titles either, so I'm making a note to have a look for them. Love the pics of your beautiful gal, so sweet xo

    1. aww, she is pretty sweet (but am biased!) :)

  4. Am I anal that I actually own all five of these. or does that mean I have three kids that love to read!! The best out of five has to be the short life of Riley (abbr title as I said mum to three we abbr alot around here!) This book has a life lesson in more for the adults reading it than the children listening. If you had to buy only one go for this one!!

    1. not anal at all, books are such a treasure! agree with riley being tops. x

  5. best picture book ... sorry forgot to add this - Henry the Book eating book by Oliver Jeffries!!! EXCELLENT teaches kids the value of actually reading a book, not just eating it ... I know - who would of thought

    1. will check it out as do know a few literal book eaters. x

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog - these books look fantastic - I haven't heard of any of them, so will be checking them out. Thank you :o)

    1. am sure you will love each as much as we do! x

  7. my father read me the giving tree when i was a child, and i love reading it with my boys.

    our favourite right now is "the empty pot" by demi. amazing picture book about telling the truth.

    1. will have to check it out. thanks kristi, xx



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