I collect all types of picture books, but I’m especially drawn to series. I remember how excited my Pre-K students would get whenever there was a new adventure for Clifford the Big Red Dog. He was a familiar character and classroom friend.
Check out one of my personal favorites:
Cheery persistence wears down a curmudgeonly bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship.
And here's the companion to this NEW YORK TIMES bestseller:
And yet another fun story featuring the same entertaining duo:
Can a relentlessly cheery Mouse wear down a party-pooping Bear? The unlikely pair are back in a droll, utterly charming tale that early readers will celebrate.
(Read an interview with Kady MacDonald Denton here.)I love the fact that bear and mouse are so different from each other. There’s a subtle lesson for children and it illustrates the unique facets of friendship and tolerance. We don’t have to mirror each other mentally and physically to share the same space in this world.
What are some of your favorite characters? I'll be sharing more of mine over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!