I will not only read but write about each book as a way of immersing myself in the world of children's literature. There will be one picture book added each day, and in those days when I also finish a YA Book, I'll include that one too.
So here it goes! Best place to start will be with my son's current favorite book:
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll.
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam.
This beautifully written and illustrated book puts on a hilarious twist to the idea of monsters hiding under the bed. Ethan is a boy who discovers that his monster, Gabe, has gone on vacation. He spends the night dealing with substitute monsters.
I love the sense of humor. The dialogue flows with ease and you can really "hear" the different voices and tones of its characters.
It is a fantastic read aloud! I have so much fun creating all the voices for the different monsters that I'm finding myself grabbing the book even before Santiago asks.