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Fun Stories for Kids from Preschool through Grade 2

Posted 12 months ago by Heidi Y.

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is a list of recent and classic picture books that we think are great and want you to read. This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

The Quack or The Hop?

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Two friends are hanging out together when they spot a Duck! No, a Rabbit!

"Duck! Rabbit!" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, is the story of these two unknown persons, arguing over an optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? The hilarious banter between the unseen protagonists, just a line marking each exchange, is enough to make the most hardened grown-up in story time lose it. The simple color scheme with strong black outlines, yes, I like it in this case, reinforces the sense we the viewer are seeing the scene unfold through a panoramic camera lens.

We as parents talk a lot to our children about doing and saying the right thing, that which is fair, what is kind, wanting the best for everyone we encounter. We try to instill values of decency into our children as much as we are able. So, how do we let go of all of that in one instance of frustration and anger, when we are sure we are right, and the other person is so wrong? Do we show the compassion, kindness, and willingness to listen to other’s opinions and perspectives - those which we say we want our children to uphold? Not as much as we would like. And this is what is behind the growing argument of “is it a duck or a rabbit.” Does it matter?

Not in the end, because the “critter” up and leaves the page, literally, when the argument gets too intense and loud. And the two people, we never know if they are children or adults, end up asking, “what do you want to do?” Presumably to keep interacting together through play or conversation. It doesn’t matter who won the argument, or perhaps that it even takes place, since the two people seem to patch it up between themselves in the end. Or do they?

This story is a gem to read and enjoy any time of the year, and for fans of humorous picture books everywhere. Well, which do you think it is - a duck or a rabbit?

"Duck! Rabbit!" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is just one of the great books on the 101 Picture Book Challenge list.

Reading Beyond the List

Check out these humorous picture books perfect for preschool through grade 2.

Square by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
Square by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

How does a square do a portrait of his friend the circle?

Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson
Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

What makes a Bear really scared?

Are We There, Yeti? by Ashlyn Anstee
Are We There, Yeti? by Ashlyn Anstee

The school bus driver is not your typical fellow.

What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?

101 Picture Book Challenge - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories, but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

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