Let’s be real. Children’s books can suck.
My 5 year old is a little slow on the uptake when it comes to reading on his own, so that means we’re the ones that are still flipping the pages and reading aloud to him. We’re picking up the pace on visiting the library more often, but there is still a line I will draw on many bedtime books.
I would rather take my friend’s daughter and 9 of her friends to a Twilight marathon than have to read Robert Munsch‘s Love You Forever before bed time. It may be the 4th best selling children’s book of all time, but the creepy way the mother spies through the window gives me the chills.
There are dozens of others that I flip through at the library, get four pages in at nighttime and then just start ad libbing because the story is so terrible.
There is, however, an author I will gladly engage an “again” wish from kids every time they ask; Oliver Jeffers.
If you don’t recognize his name, you’ll easily remember his art work.
His pictures tell incredible stories and the words on the page are few. Oliver Jeffers‘ imagination is stunning. His story telling is simple. His artwork is subtle.
Simply, his books don’t suck. This great video has been floating around that gives a little peek inside the creative process.
“My name is Oliver, and I draw pictures, and tell stories” he says introducing himself in the clip. When the chicken/egg question is asked about his stories and pictures, Oliver admits his come together. “They both grow up at the same time.”
If you have yet to explore the work of Oliver Jeffers, have a flip through his catalog of books and grab a couple to read to your kids over, and over, and over, and over again – without hating it.