This month, since many of you are sticking closer to home in the wintry weather, I thought I’d give you some titles that will help you enjoy home! These books explore the joy of home comforts.
Home is Where the Birds Sing, Cynthia Rylant. “Home is where there are stories to tell and stories to hear. It is where your own story starts.” I loved this picture book showing the insides of various homes and families. Every page shows what’s different about people’s homes, yet it majors on what they have in common.
A House, Kevin Henkes. This is a good one for the toddlers among us. It’s a question-and-answer style book with very simple illustrations. We spend some time looking at the features of the house and the things around it, and then we see people go inside. That’s when this house becomes a home. It looks like this one also comes in board book format.
The Blue House, Poebe Wahl. This story tells of a dad and his son who have to move out of their rental home and find somewhere new. It explores the grief that comes with leaving a familiar place and shows the good that can come with the next place. I’d recommend this for older children who might be struggling with the idea of moving.
Perdu, Richard Jones. Perdu (French for “lost”) is a homeless dog who’s hungry and looking for a friend. He spends a day wandering in the city, being lectured and shooed away. Finally, a little girl finds him and takes him home. The illustrations are warm and simple. Warning: this book may make you want to adopt a dog.
And we were never going to get through this topic without a mention of one of my all-time favorite books: The Little House. You can learn more about that book and its author here in this Story Warren post.
Happy reading, everyone!
This article first appeared at Kelly’s website, On the Common.