Back in the day, I used to chill with babies a lot. I worked as a daycare teacher for five years, it was a both traumatizing and gratifying experience 😄
One of the things I hated about the daycare was all of the stupid, pointless, plot-less ugly, cardboard backed, dollar bin books I had to read to my class. Granted there are a ton of beautiful, intricate children’s books out there, that can entertain, not only children but the adults reading them, as well (like Jan Brett or Jon J Muth)….unfortunately most of them are not terror-toddler-army proof and are eaten or ripped to pieces in a matter of minutes.
But I did love one series in particular, Karen Katz’s books like these:
The stories are sweet and simple. The text is short enough to keep the attention span of a toddler and the poor teacher who is reading it for the fifty-thousandth time. But it’s the art I love. Karen’s love of fabrics, folk art and Matisse come together as a winning combination in her beautiful illustrations. Her work is full of vibrant colors and patterns, and Katz’s way of depicting the figures is charming, inviting and drop dead adorable.
So, if you have young children…or just happen to be browsing the kid’s section at Barnes & Noble, you should take a look at these adorable little books!