Book Reviews For Category: Illustrated Books

A small selection of high-quality illustrated children’s books for younger readers

On A Beam of Light

Beam of Light: Children's Book

Published: 2013
Theme: Curiosity
Best for: 5 – 8

“Suddenly he knew there were mysteries in the word, hidden and silent, unknown and unseen. He wanted, more than anything, to understand those mysteries.” Here’s a treasure – an authentic story about Albert Einstein, written with very young children in mind, accompanied by absolutely magical illustrations. I am so in love with this one…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Biography, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Old Woman Who Named Things

Children's Book: Old Woman who Named Things

Published: 1996
Theme: Letting Love In
Best for: ages 5 and 6

“So she began to name things. But she named only those things she knew she could never outlive. Her car, Betsy, had more get-up-and-go than anything around. Her chair, Fred, had never sagged a day in his life…” Finally, a book that made me reverse my somewhat arbitrary policy of not reviewing picture books! This little illustrated children’s book totally stole my heart…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

Children's Book - Librarian

Published: 1994
Theme: Mathematics
Best for: ages 9 and up

A historically accurate illustrated children’s book about Eratosthenes, a Greek librarian, and mathematician at heart, who figures out how to measure the earth using only a shadow, and some geometry…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Biography, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Illustrated Books, Waldorf-Aligned

The Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Rabbit Children's Book

Published 1922
Theme: Power of Love
Best for: ages 5 to 9
Five Stars

That night, he was almost too happy to sleep, and so much love stirred in his little sawdust heart that it almost burst.” I feel any list of great children’s literature which omitted this book would be quite remiss.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Classics, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned
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