I love, LOVE this book by Aaron Blabey:
|All book pictures from Penguin Books website|
I first discovered it in a classroom (being a primary school teacher means I basically spent a year becoming even MORE in love with children's books as I discovered more and more cute ones... and a total jealousy of teacher-librarians. They have AWESOME jobs!!) while I was on my internship in 2008, and I just love it. It's about two very wonderful friends, who are so, so very different:
See? :) I bought it for James, because it's kind of like us, with the boy and girl opposite :) I think the author wrote it about his wife, but it's super cute for children to learn that differences in friends can be a wonderful thing!!
The next year I was teaching and I couldn't help but notice during one of our library sessions when we were learning about the children's books of the year nominees, that Aaron Blabey had another book shortlisted!! :) And it turns out he has a few books out now:
(a very short boy, with a very tall friend - again, super cute!!:) Message: It's okay to be short, OR tall! :)
A very individual little girl with a GIANT personality :) Message: It's okay to be yourself, even if you are a little different! :)
I have read all of these, and they are totally cute!! So far I only own Pearl Barley and Charley Parsley. But that can be remedied ;)
Since then I've discovered he's written another book about some bellybutton fluff (The Dreadful Fluff), and one about a Ghost, and a little boy who frees his little town from her influence (The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon). I have not read either of these, but they look totally fun and cute too, and I can't wait to check them out!! :)
Aaron Blabey is technically or I guess originally an artist, so he illustrates/writes. I love his pictures, and I love the sweet, cute, fun and important messages his books send out to all his readers.
And I love the homepage of his website (www.aaronblabey.com):
Aren't those links cute?!! :)