Very rarely does a children’s book come along that is as inspiring and touching as Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess. In the vein of Oh The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Suess and Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, Gaiman has written a poem that speaks to the women of fate for a young girl.
Proving his wordsmith skills, he conveys hopes and dreams for a whole life, both the ups and the downs. “Keep her from spindles and sleeps at sixteen, let her stay waking and wise.” Charles Vess’ watercolor illustrations are beautifully coupled to Gaiman’s words. Depicting animals, flowers and the natural world, Vess perfectly showcases a girl’s importance and joy in the cycle of life.
If you have a daughter or know anyone who does, this is a must have book.
If you’re looking for a book for very small children, A Trip To The End of The World With Mouse by Frank Viva is a great option. With bright, retro illustrations and simple sentences, little one’s attention shouldn’t wander too far.
We follow Mouse as he travels across the sea with his friend. Along the way he points out all the things they need and encounter on their trip (mittens, boots, penguins, etc). This is a good book for toddlers as they begin to learn about the world around them and can be made interactive easily through point and find type play. Overall, a very cute book with two sweet main characters.