Quick Picks

So much to read, so little time. Here are three lovely books that deserve attention and will no doubt brighten any young reader’s day. 

 “Tell me About Your Day Today,” by Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringer; Beach Lane Books, $17.99 40 pages, ages 3-6.

Bestselling author Mem Fox writes about a charming boy who loves all the comforting rituals of bedtime and shares them with his stuffed animals. Award winner Lauren Stringer’s acrylic painting on hot press water-colored paper creates a cuddly, warm and inviting atmosphere, making this an all around perfect selection for bedtime reading.

“Ten Tiny Toes,” by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by Marc Brown; Little, Brown and Company, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 3-6.

Marc Brown (creator of the beloved Arthur series) joins up with author Todd Tarpley to pay homage to lovable, huggable baby toes. From birth to Halloween, parents celebrate milestones (in rhyme) with these adorable bouncing babies rendered in cut paper, gouache and colored pencil.

“Ready for Pumpkins,” by Kate Duke; Alfred A. Knopf, $16.99, 40 pages, ages 4-7.

Join first-grade class guinea pig Hercules and a country rabbit named Daisy as they plant pumpkin seeds and watch them grow.  Duke’s curious critters engaging in agricultural pursuits will delight and encourage budding farmers to cultivate their own gourd gardens. 

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