When I need a picture book for a little person in my life, I tend to buy the same three: Oh What A Busy Day by Gyo Fujikawa, Each Peach, Pear, Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Sandra Boynton and the Duck and Goose series by Tad Hills.

Now I have three more glorious books to add to the buy list.

After the Fall follows the story as what happens to Humpty Dumpty after he falls of the wall.
After the Fall is a beautiful picture book.

After The Fall

After The Fall, How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat ($24.99, Raincoast Books, Roaring Brook) is an absolutely beautiful book both in words and illustrations. The story follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall. That is until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

The book shows the “accident” and how much Humpty misses the activities he once loved. I liked how he tries a new activity and then attempts to conquer his fears.

A truly beautiful book with glorious illustrations.

Animal Camouflage is a beautiful and informative book.
Animal Camouflage is a beautiful and informative book.

Animal Camouflage, Search and Find

Animal Camouflage, Search and Find, by Sarah Dennis and Sam Hutchinson ($23.95, Raincoast Books, Princeton Architectural Press) shows how much talent – and patience – people have.

Using cut-paper, the book offers a look at various animals in seven areas of the world from Africa to the polar regions, Europe and Australia. Each region has a number of creatures as well as a description of them. You then have to find the peacock, arctic fox and turtle, among others, within the pages. The paper-art is awe-inspiring and amazing. I can’t imagine the work that went into this book with the paper along. You don’t tire of looking for these creatures and the variety of others within the pages. Amazing.

Shelter is illustrated by Toronto's Qin Leng.
Shelter is illustrated by Toronto’s Qin Leng.


I confess, there hasn’t been a book illustrated by Toronto’s Qin Leng that I haven’t liked.

And Shelter, by Celine Claire, ($18.99, Kids Can Press) is no exception.

As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, “What are they doing there? What do they want?” So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the snow and the wind, and the foxes find they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it?

It’s a beautiful story and, of course, wonderful illustrations.

What are your go-to picture books?

A copy of these books were provided by Raincoast and Kids Can Press for honest review. The opinions are my own.