Top 5: Books About Books

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Hi, friends! Well, it’s the end of April, so it’s time for another Top 5 list! Earlier this month, book lovers everywhere celebrated National Library Week from April 9th through the 15th (we did!), a recognition of public libraries and the important resources and services they provide. In addition, April 2nd was International Children’s Book Day, a celebration of children’s literature worldwide. So we thought we’d wrap up April with a Top 5 of books… about books! We’ve chosen five of our favorite stories that celebrate books, reading and literacy, and the impact they can have on baby bookworms just like JJ.

So, for your enjoyment, here is our list of Top 5 Books About Books:

1. Books Always Everywhere (Jane Blatt)

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A perfect book for beginner bookworms, this book of opposites explores concepts like big and small, stop and start, scary and funny, etc., through the lens of books and reading. Delightful illustrations by Sarah Massini are colorful and expressive for little ones, and hide funny allusions and sly jokes for adults. This is a great twist on the theme of opposites, teaching young readers while encouraging a love of literacy and an appreciation for the great diversity of literature and stories.

2. The Snatchabook (Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty)

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A wonderful story about the power of reading together, The Snatchabook tells the tale of a brave, book-loving bunny named Eliza Brown who is determined to find out who has been stealing the stories of Burrow Down. When she discovers the culprit, a little creature called a Snatchabook, she finds that his motivations are not at all what she had thought, and it’s her love of sharing her favorite books that ends up saving the day. This is a great story: the rhyming text has a great flow and is fun to read aloud, the illustrations highlight both the spooky and joyful elements of the story, and the message about the importance of reading together is just wonderful.

3. How This Book Was Made (Mac Barnett)

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Books that are funny for kids are wonderful, but books that I can laugh along with JJ to are rare, and this is one that had us both rolling. The fractured, exaggerated, and extremely embellished tale of how books go from idea to actuality is filled with refreshing silliness, sly tongue-in-cheek humor, and wonderfully quirky art by Adam Rex. Plus, it’s message is ultimately a wonderful one: for all the many people, processes, and unexpected hurdles that a book has to go through to get published, a book is not a book until someone takes it home, opens it up, and reads.

4. The Highest Mountain Of Books In The World (Rocio Bonilla)

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A gorgeous fable about the power of stories to transport us, The Highest Mountain Of Books In The World tells the story of Lucas, a young boy who dreams of flying despite his numerous failed attempts to do so. One day, his mother places a book in his hands and says, “There are other ways to fly, Lucas.” This book is rich with metaphor in both the story and art, and all of the concepts explored are as well-executed as they are touching: that books can be our wings, that a great story is able to transport a reader into its world, and that fostering a love of reading in a child is an act of love.

5. A Child Of Books (Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston)

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This drop-dead gorgeous book uses a simple, timeless story and breathtaking mixed-media art to write a love letter to words. A little girl sets sail on her raft of imagination, built by the words she reads, and invites her young friend along. Together they explore mysterious lands, battle fierce creatures, and sleep among the clouds in the sky, transported by the text of the stories they read. The lesson is this: when you are a child of books, the entirety of the universe is right at your fingertips, and your imagination is your key to it. Sam Winston’s jaw-dropping illustrations build magical worlds using the very words of the books the children read, creating both apt metaphor and inviting the reader to closely examine each page. A wonderful story for readers of any age that celebrates the power of words to transport us to new horizons.

So there we are! A Top 5 of books perfect for the littlest readers in your life. Plus, we wanted to add one honorable mention: The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce is a beautiful fable about our relationships with books and the value of a life lived in words, and the only reason we didn’t include it on this list is because we’ve used it in a Top 5 in the past (though honestly, it’s hard not to put this book on EVERY list we write; it’s that good). What do you think? Did we miss any of your favorites? Do you have a book about books you’d like to recommend to us? Let us know in the comments, or message us from our Contact page. Thanks so much, and happy reading!

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