These Are the Books You Should Read (According to My Two-Year-Old)

My daughter turned two last month. She is obsessed with puzzles, farm animals, coloring, the aquarium, Moana, stuffed pals, and, of course, books.

Like most toddlers, she has strong opinions. If polled, she will gladly tell you if a book is a “good book” or if it is “not so good.” These are the books that currently reside at the top of the “good book” list:

download.jpgPocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire
Written by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville
Illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Ok, I’m gonna tell this to you straight: if you choose to get just one book on this list, this is the one to get. It’s a biography (yep, non-fiction) of Mary Blair, the artist responsible for designing the Disney ride “It’s a Small World.” (You can find out more about her and see samples of her art here.) 

My daughter LOVES this book, and so do I. Mary Blair was a creative, successful, badass woman. She knew her value and didn’t let stodgy dudes stifle her artistic vision. The book celebrates these qualities.

And, as an added bonus, it is replete with color vocabulary. Thanks to this brilliantly colorful tome, my kid can identify cerulean, sienna, celadon, and cerise. Huzzah! Continue reading

The Mysterious Benedict Society

1a51af785d26f8d5a080d0be0252fe60The Mysterious Benedict Society
By Trenton Lee Stewart
Illustrations by Carson Ellis
© 2007

When eleven-year-old orphan Reynie Muldoon reads the following question in a newspaper ad, he believes it was written specifically for him:

“ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES?”

He decides to answer the ad and, thus, submits himself to a number of tricky tests.  Some of the tests are traditional pen-and-paper tests, others are very nonconventional (Reynie doesn’t know that some of the challenges he overcomes are actually character assessments).

It’s survival of the fittest, and, after each test, nearly all of the children are sent home for failing to pass.  But, at the end of the test day, Reynie and a few other children are left standing. Continue reading