It’s Picture Book Month Again!

As the leaves in Brooklyn blaze forth in all their autumn glory, and (with the end of Daylight Savings Time) night falls when it is yet afternoon, the season heralds another notable event. Children’s book aficionados celebrate this annual commemoration, and it is a celebration indeed.

Yes, Picture Book Month is here once again. I could wax eloquent and extol the virtues of this vital type of literature, but the official site sums them up succinctly:

“In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs                   picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.” (http://picturebookmonth.com/about-us/)

Even as picture books are deserving of our love, there are so many that make it easy to become enamored. Here are two that, in my humble opinion, beg to be read and shared again and again. I’ll be sharing these treasures throughout the month.

Irrepressible aptly describes this heroine who has everything going against her: she is no bigger than her dog, she has buck teeth that she can stack pennies on, and her voice is atrocious. Molly Lou’s wise grandma is a fountain of encouragement and inspiration. Her advice stands the first grader in good stead when she moves to another town–and faces (and faces down) the class bully.

Yet Molly Lou’s grandma does not only instil in her granddaughter a healthy dose of self-esteem, she shows that the latest gadgets are not necessary for having a wonderful time. Molly Lou does not keep these lessons to herself: she shares the wisdom with all of her new friends. A delightful twist at the end of each story adds to the fun. Three cheers, Molly Lou Melon!

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