Works of art

Are you looking for new and interesting kids’ books for your family (or perhaps for some early holiday gifts)? 

Either way, put these three great finds on your list.

So much greatness is going on in the world of children’s books — including folk art, comics and more — we parents have no excuse to not read to — or with — our kids! 

The Small World of Paper Toys

This pop-up book by Gerard Lo Monaco is a work of art. Each spread features a three-dimensional paper creation with intricate pieces that interlock, pop up and then fold down flat when you turn the page. Modeled after the look of old-style wooden toys — such as the red fire truck, a baby’s bassinet and a farmer’s tractor — the vignettes come to life with clever titles and short narratives on each page. We admit that this delicate, small book (5x7) isn’t toddler proof, but if you can protect it with some close supervision, it will definitely be a keeper (or a lovely gift).
Ages 3 and older

Archie the Daredevil Penguin

Silly but charming Archie is hiding a pretty big secret. He’s a penguin afraid of the water — and “the strange creatures who lurk in the briny deep.” But with a fish fry to get to on another iceberg — and a series of funny but failed flying experiments under his belt — his secret accidentally comes out. Fortunately, Archie overcomes his fear with support from the best of friends. Best of all, this heartwarming, comic-style hardcover includes some wry, entertaining wit for parents to love, too.
Ages 4–8

The Day the Crayons Came Home

Author Drew Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers are back with a hilarious sequel to their No. 1 best-selling The Day the Crayons Quit. And we love it, of course. This book — which includes a bonus feature of a glow-in-the-dark drawing — gives us a cast of perturbed, pithy crayons, all recounting mishaps suffered due to Dylan’s oversight — or just plain bad luck. Funny, fun and just a bit edgier than its predecessor, this book offers another engaging narrative with delightful, comical illustrations.
Ages 5–8