Softly waking sleepy eyes
For preschoolers, sunny days are full of possibility. A sunbeam on the floor is the perfect place to curl up with a furry friend, and warming weather means seeds in the garden, mud pies in the yard, adventures at the beach, and ice cream in the shade. Evening brings the silly fun of watching little shadows stretch out long, and there’s nothing so cozy as watching the sun set as a family.
In Sunny Days, author Deborah Kerbel once again weaves a spell of early childhood magic with couplets as bright as a summer afternoon. Illustrator Miki Sato’s textural collage art nearly rises from the page with fascinating features made from paper, felt, and embroidery silk.
What I loved: The rhyming text adds some fun to this book celebrating summer. The text carries the reader from morning until bedtime, adding a reflection of the reader's own summer days. The illustrations are full of color and capture the joy of summer with children who have diverse skintones. The children pictured appear to be toddlers, which will definitely appeal to the intended audience. The structure of the book is really great for young toddlers, as the cover is nice and thick, and the pages are in between a board book and picture book, with a coating that makes them tear resistant and easier to turn.
Final verdict: A celebration of summer, SUNNY DAYS is a fun picture book that young toddlers with enjoy. A durable design, bright colors, and rhyming text make this a good pick for the youngest of readers.