Above: Eating the Alphabet, Planting a Rainbow, Waiting for Wings, Holey Moley, Chicka Chicka 123, Lots of Spots, Snowballs, Red Leaf Yellow Leaf, Hands: Growing up to Be an Artist, The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life and Leaf Man.
Have you read any books by Lois Ehlert? She is best known for illustration with lots of collage. Her illustrations remind me a little of Eric Carle. In 1990 she won the Caldecott Honor for Color Zoo.
When Otis was an infant (and beyond!) we loved the board books Eating the Alphabet and Planting a Rainbow. So bright and fresh with healthy messages. All of her books have subtle educational components although it's always the illustrations that steal the show! As my children are getting older and their collage styles are changing we have looked at Lois' style in the two books Hands: Growing up to Be an Artist and The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life. In Hands Lois writes about growing up in a creative, making family. In The Scraps Book Lois goes into some detail about her unique illustration and collaging process. She also writes about how she has made a few of her previous books.
It's Autumn here so we are reading Leaf Man (as shown below). Many of Lois' books are really good seasonal books - perhaps for the nature table! At our school's recent Autumn celebration Otis made a mobile from Autumn leaves, sticks and string (so adorable!). He loved rummaging through the natural materials. We have a few Autumn leaves (as much as we get in Brisbane) and lots of seed pods and sticks that I put on the art table with our copy of Leaf Man. The boys also used glue, black marker, a hole punch and scissors to make their own leaf creations. It was lots of fun and very cute. If you are looking for an Autumn book I recommend Leaf Man, and with Lois' books - they are all fabulous!