For the letter T, the twentieth letter of the alphabet, I chose two titles:
Two Eggs Please
by Sarah Weeks
illustrated by Betsy Lewin
A simple story with a deep meaning. A story about differences and similarities and how people (just like eggs) may look different from the outside but are really the same from the inside. Lovely illustrations using bubbles to simplify the text.
Tell me something Happy Before I go to Sleep
by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Debi Gliori
I can not pass the letter T without mentioning this book (one of my personal favorite!).
A lovely bedtime story written as a dialogue between Willa and Willoughby, two adorable bunnies who come up with a reason to fall asleep. Beautiful illustrations.
for the book No Trouble at All
A beautiful bedtime story about a grandfather looking after his grandchildren and overlooking their mischief. Beautiful soft illustrations using pastel tones.
Mike Thaler for the Black Lagoon series illustrated by Jared Lee
Each one of these books is about a member of the school staff from the principal to the janitor and how the unknown could be more surprising than scary. Illustrated with details and humour.
I found an author:
to be fair I can not say that she is my favorite author starting with the letter Q. I read three of her books and my favorite was:
Emma’s Sea Journey
illustrated by Jirina Marton
A journey into the imagination can do wonders to daily life boredom. Set in Glace Bay, Cape breton Nova Scotia
A shortage of letter Q
Oh ! the letter Q
What have I got myself into?
An author stating with Q
I am afraid I don’t have a clue
I am not just going to google it because when I started this I set some rules for myself. I choose books browsing the shelves of public and school libraries. These books have to appeal to me. Yes, we can judge picture books by their covers. I have to read the books and then choose my favorite ones. Ideally an author, illustrator and title for each letter. As I am doing this alphabetically (we librarians are slightly obsessed with alphabetical order) I am afraid Q will be cut short because I have a very short list to choose from.
I was at the public library a few days ago and when I went to the shelf where the picture books are, I found no letter Q. I have a few titles and no illustrator yet.
I came to the conclusion that there is a shortage of the letter Q
Jack and the Beanstalk
by Nina Crews
A classic retold in a modern day context and a Brooklyn setting. The photomontage makes the illustrations unique
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk
by Colin Stimpson
Another retelling of this classic story set in the old days in New York city shows that money isn’t everything.
The Great Paper Caper
Great idea well done.Who is stealing the trees and making paper and why? Detailed and amusing illustrations
Iggy Peck Architect
written by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts
Very good rhyming story written in the third person. Good read aloud and great illustrations.
An author and illustrator:
Good story about being appreciated after having been missed. Beautiful illustration with an original style
The Seven Sneezes
written by Olga Cabral
Amusing story told in the third person. The different sneezing sounds makes it a good read aloud. Nice illustrations with a blend of ” croquis ” and fuly finished drawings
Harold and the Purple Crayon
written and illustrated by Crockett Johnson
A story can be drawn and pictures can tell a story. A great combination of both makes this lovely bedtime story. Will undoubtedly inspire readers to draw their own story.
Zero the Hero
illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
The love of numbers can be felt throughout this original story and its amusing illustrations
How Rocket Learned to Read
An adorable little bird shares his love of reading.
The Eleventh Hour
written and illusttrated by Graeme Base
Rhyming story with detailed illustrations. Leads to a game at the end . Would make a great eleventh birthday gift.
An Author and illustrator
The Princess and the Sleep Stealer
Nice original fairy tale. Could be read as a bedtime story. Lovely illustrations
April Fool Phyllis
written by Susanna Leonard Hill
Groundhog day familiar Phyllis senses a blizzard coming. He takes on an April treasure hunt . Children will enjoy guessing the answer to the clues and may crave maple treats. Nice detailed illustrations
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
written by Karen Beaumont
Words from a illustrated with lots of details and expression
Prudence wants a Pet
illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Amusing story about a little girl who finds a pet no matter what
Me with You
illustrated by Christopher Denise
Touching rhyming story about the influence a grandfather has on his grandchild
Duck and Cover
Duck at the Door
written and illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
A series of stories about an adorable duck and his second family
written and illustrated by Alex Beard
Very good story perhaps inspired by The Elephant Child and equally as good. Contemporary aspect with the issue of endangered species. Good drawings
Say Hello to Zorro!
written and illustrated by Carter Goodrich
Simple amusing story about rivalry and complicity between two dogs. Told in the third person. Great illustrations.
Cate, Annette LebBanc
The magic Rabbit
written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Lovely story about a friendship between and adorable rabbit and a magician told in the third person. Beautiful detailed black and white illustrations. Boston can be recognised in the illustrations
Tell me the Day Backwards
by Albert Lamb and illustrated by David McPhailGreat idea for a bedtime story. Written as a conversation between Mama bear and her cub. Lovely illustrations
By Margaret Wise Brown. Pictures by Clement Hurd
A classic bedtime story
No trouble at all
By Sally Grinley. Illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
Should be on every grandparents shelf. Cute and funny
Tell me something happy before I go to sleep
By Joyce Dunbar. Illustrated by Debi Gliori
Great story. Beautiful illustrations
Who will tuck me in tonight?
By Carol Roth
Comforting and reassuring. Cute pictures
A Very Curious Bear written
by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Paul Howard.
Nice Rhyming bedtime story written in a dialogue between a bear and a cub. Cute pictures.
by Rosemary Wells
Lovely comforting story with cute pictures. A must have.
Mother, Mother, I Want Another
written by Maria Polushkin Robbins and illustrated by Jon Goodell
Mother thought it was another mother and I thought it was another story…
Written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Sweet dreams will follow this cute story with the beloved characters of Sam and his older sister Stella. Will be appreciated by the fans of Joyce Dunbar’s Willa and Willoughby
An Author :
Arnold, Marsha Diane
Roar of A Snore
illustrated by Pierre Pratt
A fun Rhyming story with a good rhythm. The kids will like to repeat the names, as the list gets longer. Told in the third person. Starts all over at the end. Nice illustrations
A Title :
A Visitor for Bear
By Bonnie Becker
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Cute story about being open minded and trying something new. Told in the third person. Beautiful soft illustrations
an illustrator :
by Kyo Maclear
Interesting, imaginative and original story with captivating illustrations revealing an unexpected ending. Fans of Virginia Wolf will see a connection beyond the story. Told in the first person.
To end with the letter A, I have a bonus. It’s a father and son team:
Author and illustrator
Asch, Frank and David
The Daily Comet: Boy Saves Earth from Giant Octopus
Interesting story told in the third person. Keeps the reader wondering with Hayward until … well, it has to be true! Fascinating detailed illustrations in black and white. Photograph style with several New York City landmarks