What I’m Reading Wednesday: Picture Book Edition

This week I decided to do a picture book round up of what books are killing it in my house right now. These are the books on regular rotation, read 10 times in a row (at least) and they never get old…even for me. They aren’t new releases or anything, just plain old well-done stories.


Look through each eye-catching spy hole to spot a new farmyard animal!

Down on the farm there are many colorful and noisy animals to spy. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess which one is next. Then turn the page to reveal the animal. Watch as young children quickly become engaged in the game — joining in with the animal noises, learning colors, and eventually recognizing the letters.

This book was published in February of 2013 and is part of an I Spy series that Gibbs does. My three-year-old is really into farms right now, so this is our favorite.

On each page, there is a hold to spy part of an image through and three clues: The color of the animal, the letter it starts with, and the sound it makes. At first, my son kind of ignored the what letter does this start with part and just paid attention to the color and the sound. But after a few times through, he now knows that duck starts with D and cow starts with M.

The perfect learning book because he didn’t even know he was learning, he was just absorbing the amazing textile pictures that he literally pets on every page and playing one of his favorite games.

At the end it even has a cut out so the child can look through it and tell you what he spies. So fun!


Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal…and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission?
With spare text and lush illustrations, Nighttime Ninja is a fun, adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.

This book was published in September of 2012.

As a mother of three boys, ninjas are HUGE in our house. This book is a particular hit because it had (for them) a surprise ending that involved a sneaky, sneaky boy.

This book is good for my five-year old in particular because it doesn’t have a lot of words, so we can work on sounding out what it does include, but also, the illustrations are so vivid and tell so much of the story on their own, that he will look to them for word clues and even find parts of the story that aren’t being told in writing.

The illustrations are mixed-media with cut paper, textured cloth, string and colored pencil drawings. They leap off the page and really add a 3-D nature to the book.

This is another fun read that promotes using your imagination in your own home.



The rain is falling fast on Noah, and the animals refuse to stay quiet! With an oopsie-daisy! here and a burp! slurp! there, everyone files into Old MacNoah’s ark (two by two, of course) to escape the rising waters. The ride may be bumpy, but it’s filled with plenty of Ee-i-ee-i-o excitement!

Get ready for the flood of sound effects and beautifully illustrated animals created by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jill Newton. With the help of the classic “Old MacDonald” lyrics, this favorite Bible story gets a fabulous new twist that’s perfect for sing-along fun.

This book was published in January 2008 so it’s kind of an oldie, but it’s an oh so goodie.

Like I said before, my youngest is really into farms right now, so this was a fun play on the song “Old MacDonald” but bringing in a whole new aspect. Even if the reader isn’t religious at all, the words and illustrations are so fun that it just feels like a regular old re-telling, not scripture.

My three-year-old was singing the words of this story for hours after I was done. The Onomatopoeia is just perfect for little readers and my five and seven-year-olds loved this book just as much.

Try to get through this book without your kids laughing or you yourself smiling. I dare ya.

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