Mem Fox is a winner in many different ways. She is not a winner in the typical Caldecott sense, but in civic awards in her native Australia for her many years of passionate and dedicated service to children’s literature. (Cool, right?!) You may recognize her as the author of classics such as Time for Bed and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (and you can check out her books on Amazon here at her author page). On this Winner Wednesday, I want to talk about her new book that has been bringing joy to many children at the hospital this past week: Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!, illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist.
Your job as the reader is to find Ladybug, who loves to hide, amidst animals, furniture, and other household objects! The book has few words and many pictures, making it a fun experience for even the youngest readers. Its bright colors, simply aesthetically pleasing cartoons, and sparse and repetitive text will have young children ages 2-6 clamoring all over you, trying to snatch the book from your hands! (Not that I know this from experience or anything). You can even entertain the youngest of kids (0-2) by showing them the pictures and naming other objects as you find ladybug for them. Just be playful, smile, and act as perplexed as they are if you have youngsters who may be too young to find Ladybug themselves or who have trouble finding her!
Ladybug’s smile is huge every time you find her. So go for it, readers!
By: Emmie Arnold