I’ve been reading some fun picture books with Gage lately about real people. Here are the three I have checked out of the library and I’d recommend them for any toddler/kindergartner that you know. If you have any recommendations for me, comment away!
Albie’s First Word:A Tale Inspired by Albert Einstein’s Childhood. Written by Jacqueline Tourville. Illustrated by Wynne Evans. 40 pages.
I think many people know the story goes that Albert Einstein didn’t say his first word until he was four or so. This is the story of what his family went through when their toddler couldn’t talk. Mostly truth, but some imaginings.
I love this book. I love the illustrations and being able to read it to Gage and tell him the truth of it. You don’t have to be like everyone else to change the world.
Young Frank Architect. By Frank Viva.40 pages
MoMA’s first picture book, this tells the tale of Young Frank and his grandfather Old Frank who have different views about architecture. The Franks go to the Museum of Moder Art (MoMA) to learn about real architects, Frank O. Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright. Although Old and Young Frank are not real people the fact that this book explored architecture by two icons made this feel like a true story.
I loved the book and the illustrations. I loved the invitation to creativity as the two Franks created a city by using only everyday items around the house.
A Boy Called Dickens. Written by Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by John Hendrix. 40 pages.
Beautifully illustrated of young Charles Dickens growing up working in the factory to support himself while the rest of his family was in debtor’s prison.
In my opinion, the language was a little too much for kids, but the story is one to bring out when you feel like your kids don’t appreciate what they have in life. Being thankful is one of the takeaways for kids in this one.