Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! Obviously, this year, events may look a little different. But, there are still ways to celebrate.
Starting Monday, May 4, 2020, and through Sunday, May 10th, I’ll be sharing a children’s book here to encourage a love of reading. If you’d like to print off some activity pages related to Children’s Book Week, click HERE. For more information and resources related to Children’s Book Week, click HERE.
By: Ann Patchett
Illustrated by: Robin Preiss Glasser
Published: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
The best-selling author has found success writing numerous books for adults as well as owning a popular bookstore, Parnassus Books in Nashville. She decided it would be fun to write a children’s book and fun it is! Since our family raised sheep, I’m always drawn to all things sheep and lambs, especially children’s books. On my recent visit in March to Parnassus Books, I noticed this book on the shelves and couldn’t resist.
The lambs on the farm really believe that everything revolves around them. Much like any other child is led to believe, everything that happens around them is just to make them happy. One day the lambs overhear the farmer’s daughter, Nicolette, announce that she is going to run for class president. Her mom exclaimed, “You’ll win by a landslide!” But, those silly lambs thought they heard her say “You’ll win by a lambslide!”.
The silliness ensues on the farm and the lambs are determined to get their lambslide. They noticed that all the other animals on the farm have their fun. The pigs get to play in the mud and the horses get to go for fun rides. After asking all the other animals on the farm, the lambs are even more determined to get their very own lambslide. So, like Nicolette, they start their own campaign for a lambslide. You’ll have to read the book to find out if the farmer is able to fulfill their wish.
The illustrations are so well done. The lambs are adorable and I love all the details she has added with bells and flowers and how they frolic in the field. She is a highly talented illustrator (you may know her from the FANCY NANCY books) and makes the pages fun to look at.
This book reminds me of the books by Doreen Cronin like CLICK CLACK MOO and DUCK FOR PRESIDENT which our kids loved. I love farm books that give the animals personality and human attributes.
Ann and Robin have already collaborated on their second children’s book ESCAPE GOAT which looks as delightful as this one. It will be available in September.
To purchase a copy of LAMBSLIDE, click the photo below:
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