this way, Charlie, inspired by a real animal friendship, (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2020) by Caron Levis and illustrated by Charles Santoso is a tear-jerker of a story.
Everyone at Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack, the goat, likes space to himself. Except Charlie, the horse, who can only see out of one eye. Still Charlie is cheerful. Jack watches him carefully and realizes they have a lot in common. One day when Jack sees Charlie having trouble, he decides to lead the way. The two become close friends and help each other live better lives despite the storms that come their way.
I feel like my description is so inadequate for this powerful story of healing and friendship. Don’t miss out on this lovely book.
Caron Levis and Charles Santoso have also teamed up on another picture book. Check out Ida, Always and the awards and honors it has received. Read about the author here and the illustrator here. And don’t miss out on Charles’ other books on his website and Caron’s other books here.
Going Down Home with Daddy (Peachtree, 2019) by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter is a sweet and touching story of family. Plus it’s lovely art made it a 2020 Caldecott honor book. Go here to read about the other awards this story has garnered.
It’s family reunion time and Lil Alan doesn’t haven anything for the celebration. Everyone will have something to share. Except him. Granny (great grandmother) welcomes them when they arrive. Other family members arrive until there are more cousins than he can count. Others talk about what they’ll share for the celebration, but Lil Alan only has empty hands.
You’ll have to read the book to find out along with Lil Alan that he has something to share after all.
Check out the author’s numerous other books here. Read about how Kelly became an author here.
See the illustrators some of his other books and art here. Read about Daniel and his work here–there are links to follow from that page, too.
I’m a day late for Perfect Picture Book Friday, but The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld is definitely a qualifier.
When Taylor has a big disappointment, chicken wants to talk, bear wants to shout, and elephant wants to remember. Four other animals stop by with suggestions, but Taylor doesn’t “feel like doing anything with anybody.” But then the rabbit comes and he listens.
Such a sweet story that can help children deal with disappointment. The pictures are adorable, too.
Read about the author/illustrator here and check out her other books here.