What’s Your Favorite Color? (Eric Carle & Friends)

Hello, friends! Our book today is the visually stunning What’s Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle & Friends, a gorgeous collaboration of fifteen of the most beloved children’s book illustrators on their favorite colors.

What’s your favorite color? Is it yellow, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Eric Carle? He likes yellow because it is often the color of the sun in children’s drawings. Or is it green, like Philip C. Stead, who likes to imagine that many things can be green, even an elephant if he really feels like it. How about the late, lovely Anna Dewdney’s favorite: purple, the color of her favorite childhood outfit and the peacocks she dreamed of having one day. Or is it blue like Bryan Collier, who is reminded of his daughter whenever there are rainy days and blue balloons. Everyone has colors that are special to them, even many colors, or all the colors! How about you? What’s YOUR favorite color?

Absolutely stunning. For kidlit nerds like me who absolutely love picture book illustrations, this is quite simply a treasure trove. Each color-inspired spread is unique, personal, and visually striking, from Mike Curato’s raccoon enjoying a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone to Frann Preston-Gannon’s vibrant orange tiger hidden in grass to Jill McElmurry’s hauntingly beautiful black garden. The short blurbs that the artists have written to accompany the colors are sometimes funny, sometimes touching; all of them will make you consider each color from a different perspective. The length was fine, and JJ and I both adored it – this was even the first color book in which JJ was able to distinguish between gray and black, and the first time I’ve heard her use “black” properly! A feast for the eyes for readers of every age, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

A Sick Day For Amos McGee (Philip C. Stead)

Hello, friends! Today’s book is A Sick Day For Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, a perfectly charming tale of a zookeeper and his beloved animal friends.

Amos McGee starts every morning the same way: he wakes up, winds his clock, dresses in a freshly pressed uniform, eats his tea and oatmeal, then takes the bus to his job at the city zoo. There, he has a busy day, but he is always sure to make time for his very best animal friends. He plays chess with the elephant, races the tortoise (whom he always lets win), sits in comfortable quiet with the shy penguin, holds a handkerchief for the rhino with allergies, and reads a bedtime story to the owl (who is afraid of the dark). Every day is just the same, until the day that Amos wakes up with a terrible cold and must stay home. His animal friends begin to worry when he doesn’t show up for work, so they take the bus to his home, where they find him sick in bed and apologetic for not being able to care for them that day. Well, seeing that their loyal friend needs their help, the animals know what they must do, and proceed to care for Amos just the way he has cared for them – kindly, lovingly, and as true friends do.

This book is a sentimental favorite of many little bookworms and their parents, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a gentle tale with lovely illustrations that leaves you with a warm feeling in your heart. Amos and his animals’ tender friendship is wonderfully written, and each character is drawn with an element of realism that makes a fantastical story seem very real. The length is great, and JJ and I both really enjoyed it. A quietly sweet story that will leave you with a smile, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

Samson In The Snow (Philip C. Stead)

Hello, everyone! Our book today is Samson In The Snow by Philip C. Stead, a beautiful tale about kindness and friendship.

Samson the woolly mammoth spends each sunny day tending to his dandelion patch, content but alone. One day, a little red bird flits by and asks if she may have a few flowers to cheer up her friend. Her friend is having a bad day, she explains, and yellow is his favorite color. Samson kindly provides three of his best flowers to the grateful bird, and watches as she flies off, wondering what it might be like to have a friend. He dozes off, and wakes to find a terrible blizzard has blown in while he slept. Fearing for the safety of the bird, he sets off to find her, leading him on an adventure that tests his will and shows his kindness, and even ends in a few new friendships.

This is a gorgeous book that combines sweeping, majestic visuals with delicate details and a simply sweet story. Samson is a pure and good-natured character whose openness and warmth is rewarded with friendship, which is told refreshingly without cynicism or negativity. The length is good for baby bookworms, though it may push the patience of the very young due to the longer text and subdued colors: though these elements fit perfectly in the theme of the book, very young babies may not find it stimulating enough. That being said, JJ loved it and was excited through the entire read. Lovely book with a lovely message, and Baby Bookworm approved!