World Pizza by Cece Meng

The book opens with a family having a picnic, and the mother sees a wishing star.  She says, “I wish for world peace-ah, ah, ahchoo!”  A sneeze is sparked by a nearby tree. Her children think she’s said “world pizza” and apparently the wishing star does, too.  Peace is brought about, for at least a day, when people all over the world experience pizza dropping out of the sky.  It is enough to bring about momentary peace.

This is a great picture book not only for preschoolers, but also for school-aged children.

Chefs and What They Do by Liesbet Slegers

Chefs and What They Do by Liesbet Slegers (2013/2014)

This book, first published last year in Belgium and Holland, is fascinating for my four year old son.  He was a chef for Halloween, and then we saw this among the new books at our local library.  He really liked hearing about what chefs actually do in a restaurant.  This is a very colorful book, with lots of foot illustrated as well. The writing is very clear and informative.  One can tell that this book was written in another country.  There are a few lines about the fishmonger.  I should find out. . . perhaps fishmongers deliver fresh fish to restaurants in the United States?  If so, then I assume some ignorance on my part!  The final  page of the book encourages kids to experiment with tastes and combinations.

My son says he is going to open a restaurant when he grows up, and already as many plans as to what is going to serve the customers.  I have also been informed that I am going to be in charge of making desserts!  And his dad is going to chop all of the vegetables and meat. 

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 2000.)  

When this book first came out, I was a newly-minted professional Youth Services Librarian.   I tend to also be a worrier. . .  so fell in love with this book immediately!  I kept a copy on my storytime planning shelf at work.  Yes, I did indeed use this book occasionally with preschool storytime sessions.  

Recently, I introduced this book to my son, who started preschool two weeks ago.   He likes the book, but he does not totally relate with it.  He does worry about some things (especially bathroom-related things), but does not worry about all of the things Wemberly worries about.  Wemberly worries about this following:

“What if no one else has spots?  What if no one else wears stripes?  What if no one else brings a doll?   What if the teacher is mean?   What if the room smells bad? What if they make fun of my name?   What if I can’t find the bathroom?  What if I hate the snack?   What if I have to cry?”   

Wemberly’s parents try to tell her not to worry, but we all know from experience that sometimes that is easier said than done! Read the book to find out what happens to Wemberly as she starts school.  

I also recommend this book to be used in storytime when appropriate to the theme of the day.  


The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara (published Roaring Book Press), 2014.  

This picture book is interesting in that the illustrations printed (or appear to be) in an “old-fashioned” three color printing press style.   The story is engaging for my four-year-old son who already loves libraries and animals.  The library in this story is open from midnight to dawn, and everyone has a grand time.   The Little Librarian even finds a room for the band of squirrels to practice their music.   It is a story that my son has wanted us to read aloud every day for the last week. 

My four-year-old says the following about this book: “This is a library book.  It is about a little Librarian.  Three owls.   They help the Librarian. My  favorite page is when the library gets noisy from the music.” 

We highly recommend this book.

The Pigeon

My son got a book for Christmas that he still adores, but it is the only book he wanted at bedtime for over a month.  This was the book:

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  by Mo Willems.

Soon after, we discovered the rest of the Pigeon books at our local library.  There is the book about not letting the pigeon stay up late.  The one about the pigeon wanting a hot dog. The new one that came out just this spring about the pigeon needing a bath. And, of course,  my son’s other big favorite in this series:

The Duckling Get a Cookie!?  by Mo Willems

This one is kind of fun because of the added animal character of the duckling.   I read it to my son with different voices for the two characters. 

If you have preschool aged children, I highly recommend these books.  Of course, there is also the excellent iPad app for the Pigeon.  My son enjoys this app on the library iPads (we don’t own our own device at this time.)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Title: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Authors: Judi Barrett
Original Publication Date: 1978
Date I First Read: Summer 1980ish
Basic Category: Children’s Fiction / Picture Book
Basic Summary:   The town of Chewandswallow has unusual weather with no need for grocery stores.  All of their food needs came in with the weather.  That is until things started going awry!  
What I Remember About the Book: The bacon and eggs in the tree before the weather took a turn for the worse, and after, the giant pancake (with syrup) on the school.  
What I Took Away From the Book: Weather can be really fun!  

Rating (1-5 stars):  5 

Notes:  I have re-read this many times over the years.  I even bought a new copy for myself after the old copy from 1980ish from my cousin fell apart.  I have used this book for preschool storytimes. 

Potty by Leslie Patricelli

Potty by Leslie Patricelli (2010)

My son received this board book for his second birthday a little over a year ago.  I had seen it online, and had requested this book in physical format for him.  A friend gave it to him, and it soon became a favorite book in our household.   We liked it so much that we presented it to my cousin and her soon-to-be-born daughter earlier this year.

The little character in this book is never identified as a boy or girl.  My son thinks it is a little boy like himself, and we let him think that.   In a Persian translation of another book in this series by Patrcelli, the character seems to be named “Chil-Chil”, so we call him/her by that name in our household.

In the course of the book, the main character sees how the family pets go potty, and finally he/she tries going potty, too.

In terms of the success of this book within our household?  We love to read this book, and for a little someone, reading it on the potty is great fun..  Reading readiness is high in our now three year old. With the actual potty issue?  Not yet!