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The Very Best Picture Book Series
Jun 18th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

 

There are a lot of wonderful things about finding a great series of books: favourite characters, familiar settings, and the joy of knowing that when we finish one story, there’s another equally awesome one waiting for us.  Here are some series that provide that continuity of character and setting, but which stand out individually as examples of great storytelling.

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Skippyjon Jones
Jul 1st, 2014 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

Skippyjon Jones is an unforgettable character–an irrepressible faux-Spanish-spouting Siamese kitten who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Skippyjon’s overactive imagination may make his mother shake her head in disbelief, but he’ll have you and your kids laughing at his outrageous adventures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lyle Crocodile
Feb 5th, 2011 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Four and Up

Another set of stories from my own childhood, which I’ve found kids now enjoy just as much as I did.  Lyle is a vaguely anthropomorphic and rather tame crocodile reluctantly adopted by the Primms after they find him living in their new house. Further adventures involve Lyle’s getting used to life with people . . .
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Madeline
Feb 4th, 2011 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

There is a reason why the Madeline books–timeless stories of a little girl in convent school in Paris, her experiences and adventures–have been international favourites for more than half a century.  Find out all over again with your kids why these were probably favourites of your own childhood! Read the rest of this entry »

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Little Critter
Jan 21st, 2011 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Toddler & Up

Mercer Mayer’s “Little Critter” series has been a favourite of mine since childhood. While each book does tend to centre on a lesson learned, what I love about Little Critter is that unlike so many children in picture book series, he is far from perfect or sugary sweet in temperament.  Instead, it is through his well-intentioned mistakes and mischief that Little Critter comes to understand more about life as he traverses the minefields of childhood.
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Charlie & Lola
Jan 21st, 2011 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

These stories are about the ever-patient Charlie and his creative  and patient approach to dealing with his exasperating little sister, Lola. Quirky and offbeat, the Charlie and Lola stories remind us of the humorous absurdities that are both the cause and result of sibling interactions.

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Windy and Friends
Oct 29th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

These small-format, hardcover picture books are real treasures. The weather-themed stories are simple but well composed, with fantastic vocabulary. The pictures–of handcrafted tableaux created by the authors–are unique and fascinating in their textured look. And each book is full of little treats–a CD of songs at the back written especially for the book, for example, or a “secret” activity printed under the front flap. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tacky the Penguin
Oct 19th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Preschool & Up

Tacky  is a penguin who marches to the beat of his own internal drummer, happily oblivious to his differences from the other penguins. The nicest thing about Tacky, though, is that no matter how clumsy or confused he might be, it is his very uniqueness that usually leads to him saving the day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Froggy
Oct 9th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Toddler

There is a Froggy  story for almost every occasion or circumstance, but unlike some other such prolific authors, Jonathan London manages to maintain the entertainment value throughout this series of familiar situations, with sound effects that will keep toddlers giggling non-stop. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hairy Maclary
Sep 26th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Age Range: Toddler, Preschool

The simple, rhyming stories of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, his canine pals, and the mischief they get into are truly timeless and genuinely entertaining. I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t love them. Read the rest of this entry »

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