The best picture books parents will also love

Heather Hartt-Sussman Author Of Noni Says No
By Heather Hartt-Sussman

Who am I?

I have written seven picture books, one of which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and many of which have been award nominees. My books have been translated into five languages and are enjoyed by kids from Denmark to Korea. As a mom, I know that when a child loves a book they want it read to them repeatedly. That’s why I admire books that are written for the enjoyment of both the adult and the child. I dislike preachy books filled with lessons. I prefer when books entertain and contain a nugget of gold that readers can take with them when the book is done.

I wrote...

Noni Says No

By Heather Hartt-Sussman, Geneviève Côté (illustrator),

Book cover of Noni Says No

What is my book about?

Noni Says No is about a people-pleasing girl who can’t say “no”, even when it means she has to share a special toy or agree to a hideous haircut. When Noni finally finds her voice, the reaction is not what she (or you) might expect.

As an overly accommodating adult, I too have trouble saying “no!" I find myself agreeing to events and workloads that I know I don’t have the time, or the inclination, to handle. In this book, I wanted both parents and children to find comfort in Noni’s experience of standing up for herself while still being a good friend.

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The books I picked & why

The Seven Silly Eaters

By Mary Ann Hoberman, Marla Frazee (illustrator),

Book cover of The Seven Silly Eaters

Why did I love this book?

I love this book as a parent because it is a joy to read. Its rhyme is sheer perfection (which is hard to pull off) and the conclusion is pure genius, as Hoberman deftly weaves a tapestry out of seemingly random strings. This is a hilarious book about a mother who grows more and more weary from the demands of her seven children and their very particular and fussy eating habits. This kitchen-bound, short-order-chef hero of a mom gets a lovely surprise at the end that makes all the chaos seem worth it. Kids will giggle, moms (or dads or other caregivers) will relate.

By Mary Ann Hoberman, Marla Frazee (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Seven Silly Eaters as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A funny picture book about solving—finally!—a growing family's picky-eater problem!

Peter wants only milk, Lucy won’t settle for anything but homemade lemonade, and Jack is stuck on applesauce...

Each new addition to the household brings a new demand for a special meal. What’s a mother to do?

"A highly comic rhyming romp that surprisingly (and nicely) twists into a birthday story.” —School Library Journal

"Hoberman's riotous tale is spun like a Seussian fable." —New York Times Book Review

The Word Collector

By Peter H. Reynolds,

Book cover of The Word Collector

Why did I love this book?

This is another fave of mine because the protagonist is a boy who collects words (rather than stamps or baseball cards). He saves the words he’s learned in a scrapbook until one day, he trips and his words go flying into the air and land in a jumble on the floor. What he discovers are odd and interesting pairings of words he wouldn’t have thought go together. The result is poetic. Finally, he takes a big sack of words to the top of a hill and scatters them into the wind so other kids will make their own connections. This book is fantastic for kids and adults who love words.

By Peter H. Reynolds,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Word Collector as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From the beloved bestselling creator of The Dot and our own Happy Dreamer comes an inspiring story about the transformative and profound power of words.

A New York Times BestsellerNamed an Outstanding Literary Work for Children by the NAACPSome people collect stamps. Some people collect coins. Some people collect art. And Jerome? Jerome collected words . . . In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him -- short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.From the creator…

The Day the Crayons Quit

By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (illustrator),

Book cover of The Day the Crayons Quit

Why did I love this book?

Parents will enjoy this funny book about a packet of crayons going on strike. Red feels overworked, Black doesn’t want to simply be used for outlining anymore, and Yellow and Orange are having a disagreement over which of them is the real color of the sun. They need Duncan to sort this all out. Illustrated in a unique style as handwritten letters, parents and kids will find the story humorous and the illustrations original.

By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Day the Crayons Quit as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Number One New York Times Bestseller!

Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green…

Book cover of The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Why did I love this book?

This time Oliver Jeffers shows that he is not only a fantastic illustrator (see above) but a storyteller in his own right. Once again the pictures say so much more than the words alone could convey as the boy who eats books learns that reading them is so much better. However, the bite taken out of the last page cleverly shows that sometimes he slips up. And parents are not to worry, because there is a disclaimer on the back cover warning to kids to “please do not try to eat this book at home”!

By Oliver Jeffers,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Incredible Book Eating Boy as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The mouth-watering new book from acclaimed author illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.

Henry loves books... but not like you and I. He loves to EAT books! This exciting story follows the trials and tribulations of a boy with a voracious appetite for books.

Henry discovers his unusual taste by mistake one day, and is soon swept up in his new-found passion - gorging on every delicious book in sight! And better still, he realises that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. Henry dreams of becoming the Incredible Book Eating Boy; the smartest boy in the world!

But a book-eating…

Waiting Is Not Easy!

By Mo Willems,

Book cover of Waiting Is Not Easy!

Why did I love this book?

Any impatient adult or child will tell you that waiting is indeed not for the faint of heart. In this book, which is a part of the early reader Elephant and Piggie series, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald the Elephant. But he must wait for it, and wait and wait and wait. As he waits, Gerald’s groans grow louder, illustrated typographically with ever-enlarging speech bubbles. The ending shows previously frustrated Gerald the Elephant proclaiming that the surprise was well worth the wait. And indeed it is!!

By Mo Willems,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Waiting Is Not Easy! as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...

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