I’ve been planning story times for the library which allows me the unrivaled pleasure of reading some of the funniest, loveliest books around. Children’s books have to be succinct, and often have depth and moral messages. They also have pictures. I wrote a post last week for Momentum Books about the most gorgeous wordless novels I’ve come across: Silence is Golden: The Particular Loveliness of Wordless Books. These visual books are particularly good for people who have dyslexia or other reading issues. They are universally accessible and are undeniably works of art. Journey, pictured right, is a particular favourite.
However, I’ve also been reading books with words in them (the parents do prefer that when they’ve brought their toddler to story time). I like to choose books with the theme of reading, to doubly encourage it. I am completely in love with Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest and Jon J Muth. Mr. George Baker is narrated by a little boy called Harry. The eponymous character is one hundred years old, a famous drummer, and going on the school bus with Harry, because he is learning to read too. It’s lively, beautiful and moving.
Also essential reading is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm. The stunning animation it inspired is an award-winning combination of Up and The Wizard of Oz, but for book-lovers. Like Oz, once colour kicks in it becomes even more of a visual treat. The book is retro, heart-warming and, I think, even better than the film. Watch the film though – it’s fifteen minutes extremely well spent.
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