Today’s #picturebook is a non-fiction underwater treasure called The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner & illustrated by Matt Forsythe via @raincoastbooks. This beautifully illustrated book follows the life and work of Ken Nedimyer from his early childhood and fascination with the sea to his groundbreaking work discovering how to rebuild coral reefs. We loved the brilliant imagery and easy-to-follow text in this book. I found it easily adaptable to even my little three-year old who loved the idea of “underwater gardening”! It’s never to early to impart both a sense of wonder and a sense of stewardship with our earth to our smalls.
Recommended 4+up (or 3 if you’re comfortable editing as you go for littler smalls). A wonderful read to share and grow with.
Bonus blog call-out: Vocabulary galore at the end!
Peggy is a simple country chicken living a quiet, solitary life when a great gust of wind sweeps her away to the city! Charming visuals of this adorable chicken against backdrops of city life make it a lap book ripe with things to spot and discuss with your smalls. Featuring several wordless pages this book comes to life in the readers hands and smalls will relate to Peggy, a small hero in a big world. The story also has a subtle message about leaving your comfort zone and sharing your life with friends.
A gorgeous, cozy book perfect for a blanket and a rainy day! Recommended for smalls 2.5 and up.