Books for Sharing

Any well-loved book will do for reading with the whole family. Here are some of our favorite picture books that show interaction among generations.

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Spanish words are sprinkled throughout this book about Rosalba and her abuela, or grandmother, who take a fantastic bird's-eye journey over New York City. Puffin Books

The Jones Family Express by Javaka Steptoe

When this family gets together, there is a little grumbling, mixed with plenty of joking and lots of loving. Aunt Carolyn, who always sends Steven postcards of her travels, is coming to visit. Scurrying to find the perfect gift for her, Steven becomes discouraged, until he creates his own gift of love. Lee & Low Books

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Against her better judgment, Baba knits a pair of white mittens for grandson Nicki, who immediately loses one of them in the snow. His mitten is found by an amazing assortment of animals, who squish and squirm their way into the snuggly-warm shelter. Putnam

Stone Soup retold by Heather Forest

This updated version of an old folktale features two hungry travelers who are surprised when they reach a village where no one will share a meal with them. The travelers decide the townsfolk must be in greater need than they are, so they begin to make stone soup, showing how to turn a little compassion into a feast. August House

Winter's Tale by Robert Sabuda

This amazingly intricate pop-up book is about wintry wanderings of families of forest creatures: not generational yet a beautiful book meant to be shared. Little Simon

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