Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett +++

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett illustrated by Jon Klassen

published by Balzer + Bray  in 2012

Winner of the Caldecott Honor



One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time
Winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award
Winner the Zena Sutherland Award

E.B. White Read Aloud Honor

E.B. White Read Aloud Honor

  • This is a jolly picture book chronicaling a fantastical never ending ball of yarn…and the many objects created from it.
  • Annabelle- likes to make things…she begins to knit and keeps creating…(She’s a likeable girl who likes to give gifts!)
  • I adore knitting- so I particularly enjoyed this quick read- however it will also appeal to young creative arts and crafts lovers and those who enjoy a story with a mischievous villain- who is ultimately defeated…

    the villain

    the villain

  • the illustrations by Jon Klassen are simple, and spare whilst also being comical IMG_5534IMG_5536IMG_5535
  •  I was delighted to learn how to knit as an adult. Finding a hobby – which I can use to make useful and beautiful objects is one of my happiest pursuits
    one of my favorite circular blankets- which I made for my godson

    one of my favorite circular blankets- which I made for my godson



The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

by Vivian French and illustrated by Angela Barrett

published by Walker Books in 2015

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  • beautifully illustrated fairy tale – about the abiding affection and love a parents have for their cherished daughter
  • this tale will be familiar- royal parents seek the land to find a suitable husband for their little girl…but who will be worthy?


  • enchanting and mystical- this is a MUST READ

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

by William Joyce

published by Atheneum Books in 2012


https://player.vimeo.com/video/25833596“>app for the book

  • delightful picture book which will capture any book lovers heart…. now popularised with an award winning animated film and also with a dedicated interactive book app- see the link above for more details
  • savour this delicious book- perfect as a family read aloud – ideal for ages 5 and aboveIMG_5541

Then a happy bit of happenstance came his way. Rather than looking down, as had become his habit, Morris Lessmore looked up.  Drifting through the sky above him, Morris saw a lovely lady.  She was being pulled along by a festive squadron of flying books.

Anna’s Heaven

by Stian Hole

published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers in 2013


  • hauntingly beautiful picture book- following the inner thoughts of Anna as she and her father grieve the loss of her mother
  • striking illustrations by the Norwegian author – will draw the reader in
  • don’t be put off by the heavy subject matter- this is an uplifting book- which addresses childhood fears and feelings about the nature of God and the meaning of life- STUNNING


by Kevin Henkes

published by GreenWillow Books in 2015


  • beguiling picture book- which your young child will ask to have read again and again…
  • gentle illustrations- make room for lots of discussion and point to vocabulary for little learners eager to identify where their favorite animal toy might be on each page
  • similar story to TOY STORY-  or  The Tub People by Pam Conrad-  toys have a secret life and go on adventures in their own nursery mini land-  some toys get broken- or discarded…but a happy ending- ensures smiles and contentment


The rabbit was happy just looking out the window.  Sometimes one or the other of them went away, but he or she always came back.

I’d Know You Anywhere My LOVE

by Nancy Tillman

published by Feiwel and Friends in 2013


There is something magical about Nancy Tillman’s books- I am really enthralled with them- and heartily recommend her stunning Picture Books as a worthwhile addition to your family library.

Many of her books have the same- fantastical artwork- featuring men, women and children posing alongside wild animals in unusual habitats- the result- is awesome.

The text of her books does not disappoint either-  this particular book focuses on the enduring love for a parent to a child- and the recognition that no matter what might happen in life- the love and acceptance of the parent will always remain.

My eyes and my ears and my arms always know…from the top of your head to your tiniest toe. Wild spotted pony? Easy, my sweet.  I’d know it was you by the sound of your feet.

This would make a very special gift for a new parent or parent to be- and a book which will be treasured.

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