A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
All the world is sleeping, except one watchful little owl. He watches as the other animals sleep in their own way – quiet, noisy, alone, together. When the world wakes up, all the animals awaken as well, except one sleepy little owl.
Na’s beautiful illustrations are full of small hidden details. The scenes are gorgeous. I want to frame them and hang them on my wall.
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
As a little girl helps her mother in the garden, she daydreams of what surprises her garden would hold: Chocolate bunny rabbits, flowers that change color with just a thought, buttons and seashells, and more. This is a beautiful story of the joys of imagination. Henkes’ gorgeous illustrations done in ink and watercolors are vivid. I especially love the sunflowers, both in various colors throughout the story and on the endpages in stark white print on a dark blue background), and the colorful birds.
Erroll by Hannah Shaw
What would you do if you found a talking squirrel in the package of NuttiNuts you just opened? Give him a peanut butter sandwich, of course! Just don’t try to give him a bath afterwards. Your mom might not like all the mess he ends up making!
This book is action packed and full of fun. The illustrations have lots of fun details for the older reader, but the main text of the story is great for younger, preschool audiences.