We're starting a new blog series called, Our Library Loot. The library is one of my favorite places to take the kids to these days. This is because it's free educational fun and another way to unplug. The kids really enjoy bringing books home for us to read. We love searching for books with great stories, but we also love looking for ones with great illustrations. It's visually fun for the kids and inspiring for me as an artist. In this series, we'll be sharing our favorite books from our library loots...whether it's a certain story, theme, a collection by a particular author or illustrator, we'll be sharing them with you!
In this post, I wanted to share the specific type of book my kids are interested in right now. They are always asking for hidden picture books or "I Spy" books. When I say "I Spy", I am referring to those like Where's Waldo or the I SPY Books by Walter Wick. Besides the books I just mentioned, these three below are their current favorites. We just renewed them for another 20 days! Each title, author and illustrator listed are linked to their source reference. Click through and check them out!
I love this one because both you and your kiddies get to be the storyteller. There are very limited words to this book so you can create your own story and describe what the characters are doing by what you see! Not to mention the illustrations are pretty amazing, too. We love the whole concept of this book! It's the next one on our list to purchase. Click here to find the book online. I also checked out the writers/illustrators' website and their other books and art are phenomenal. Check them out here. It's fun to listen to the kids say, "Mommy, I want to read Mamoko!" hehehe...Mamoko.
This book is a simple book in terms of storyline and illustrations, but the kids enjoy reading it over and over. I think it's mostly because saying the phrase, "Yoo-hooooooo Ladybug...where are youuuuuu?" is pretty catchy when trying to look for the ladybug on each page. You can view it on Amazon by clicking here.
This book is super fun! I was pleasantly surprised that the kids had to take their time looking for the snake on each page. I appreciated the artist's attempt to make it a little more difficult rather than so obvious to hide the snake. The sketchy and painterly quality of the illustrations were lovely along with the vibrant use of color and patterns. We definitely recommend checking this one out. You can see more of Keith Baker's work on his website, here.
Have you read these before? Do you or your children have a favorite hidden picture or "I Spy" book? Please share, we'd love to hear about them!