Christmas time is coming! Looking for presents? Looking for nice picture books for your English class? Or, for your children?
Lauren Nassiff’s 365 Great Children’s books blog offers a very good list to start with.
As she explained in an interview made in Be a child again blog, these are the elements that can make a children's book great:
- The book possesses an artful, creative quality that makes it appealing or meaningful to children and adults for different reasons.
- The story is giggle-inducing and laugh-out-loud funny. Humour can make a book great!
- The illustrations are a fabulous match for the story. Great stories deserve great illustrations, and to me, the best children's books have both.
- The book teaches us something new or is generally educational. I love books that contain extra information or fun facts at the end.
- The story itself is beautiful, either through its prose, meaning, or message.
“Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there; some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf (...). Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story.”