Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Old Man Fookwire loves birds but his feeling about squirrels istotally the opposite. With fun illustrations and a message about acceptance, this book is a real treat.
Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
I don't know about you but there is nothing more adorable than round furry wombats in hats! This counting book explores the different animals of Australia as the wombats go on a journey.
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
I told this story for a Busy Hands and Feet program on monkeys. The simple and lovely story of a child and her stuffed animal is one of my new classics for story time.
Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley
The illustrations are bold and bright and the chicken eyes alone are great. The story is a great read aloud version of an old favorite.
Birds by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek
A little girl is happy to discover that she and the birds she sees from her window have something in common. The simple shapes and colors of the illustrations are lovely.
Well, there you have a smattering of my favorites of 2009. I hope your New Year is happy. Diana