Today I’ve got two books replete with the pleasures of the ordinary.
Both books draw children in by presenting them with an array of choices to make, always a favorite activity for my kids when they were young. Such interesting conversations open up this way.
One of the books I’m giving away — details at the end of the post.
Today, written and illustrated by Julie Morstad
published in 2016 by Simply Read Books
I am head-over-heels in love with Canadian artist Julie Morstad’s illustration work and her lovely portrayal of uncluttered, soothingly-simple childhoods. I’ve featured a number of her books over the years on Orange Marmalade. You can find them via the Search box if you please, or visit her website here.
This one meanders through one day in a style reminiscent of Gyo Fujikawa’s book Oh What a Busy Day — one of our all-time favorites.
Morstad’s pure, charming drawings fill the pages with clothes, hairstyles, breakfasts, outings, sweet treats, bits and bobs found in a child’s bedroom — and invite children to pick out what they like best. Where would you like to go today? And how will you get there? Which pajamas would you choose?
Oh, the expansiveness that arises in a two-year-old’s heart when presented with such delectable choices! And of course, with Morstad, they are all imaginative, creative, full-of-life choices.
I love this book. It’s one to enjoy again and again with children ages 2 and up.
What Will Danny Do Today? written by Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by Sam Usher
first American edition published in 2016 by Kane Miller
Coming to us from the UK, this book has a similar concept — a presentation of all kinds of choices Danny faces in his day. Clothes. Recess activities. Art projects. Bedtime stories. And for each, we are invited to help him choose.
The feel of this book is quite different however. Sam Usher has given it an immensely energetic vibe with his scribbly black line, crammed-in compositions, vibrant colors, and perspectives that plunge us right into the scenes. It’s perfect for busy bees!
In addition, the book is printed on heavy-duty, glossy, card stock pages, making it much less fragile when loved by toddlers and preschoolers.
Great fun and another book that I’d guess would become a well-worn favorite for ages 18 months and up.
I would spend the day reading books recommended by you!
Oh, nice! Sounds lovely 🙂
Read, read, read! My tbr stack is toppling!
Yes! Mine, too!
What will I do today? Hmmmm. I love the idea of curling up with a book and reading but I would put a walk by the lake with a red cold nose in there with the reading. I would also add a fire, not for the books of course, but to sit by and read, drink tea, and be toasty warm. Also, though I love to read to my kids I think I would add silence! =0) Reading in silence. (one can always dream!)
That sounds like a magnificent day! Haha…reading in silence 🙂
Love reading great books with my soon to be4 littles!
What a grand age for reading together 🙂
I’m so excited to have stumbled across your blog! I would love to take a nap today if I could. 🙂
Welcome, Erin! I think we could all use a nap!
Why, I’d lay on the couch and read a book, of course!
Sounds perfect 🙂
Play with my grandkids❤
But of course!
I would stay home from work and go on adventures with my kids all day.
What a happy thought!
Eat, knit, read, repeat (:
Lovely. While up at Vermilion, I imagine?
I would love to start a garden!
Oh, the possibilities!!
I love your reviews and have ordered many as ILL and bought them because if the illustrations. Thank you so much.
Oh, I’m glad. Yes, these illustrators are astonishing! I agree!
I would do exactly what I’m doing, spending all day with my 3 year old grandson, Roman, playing, reading, pretending and paying a visit to the library which we will be doing after lunch!
That sounds like a perfect day for both parties 🙂
These books look beautiful! Today it was a gorgeous sunny day in Amman and had it been up to me I would’ve planted flowers.
Wish I were there to plant them with you 🙂
Oh lovely!! I would spend the day with a stack of travel books and a great big mug of tea!
Now that sounds like a great day! I love travel-dreaming, too!
If I could do nothing more than what I wanted? I would read a lovely book with a cup of my favorite tea.
Books and tea are a perfect pairing!
If I could do anything I wanted today? I would grow wings and learn how to fly.
What a lark that would be 🙂
Curl up with books on the couch while the snow falls outside…
Ahhhhhh…that sounds heavenly 🙂