In a previous post, I added my voice to the chorus of Harry Potter fan-fiction [Chapter 3 3/4: Hagrid Knits, July 2009], but have not yet addressed books which involve knitting and are of interest to YOUNGER boys. I was reminded of this when I read of the recent publication of a lovely new children's book, Phoebe's Sweater, which even includes a pattern ...and considered buying it until I realized that I would have to Gorilla glue my son's south-sides to the chair to engage them with such an estrogen-soaked book.
So, for those of you with sons...here are my suggestions for books that will keep both you AND your boys interested until one of you falls asleep:
Best Illustrations: Pre-and beginning reader- Crab Cab: Flip a Word by Harriet Ziefert with darling Japanese anime-style illustrations by Yukiko Kido
Best Illustrations: Classic: Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie de Paola
Best Illustrations: New: Russel the Sheep by Rob Scotton
Most Educational, Theme: Warm as Wool, by Scott Russel Sanders [despite the cover illustration, this does feature some boys]
Classic, Theme: Crictor, by Tomi Ungerer. [Snakes always work for boys ;-) ]
Best New, Theme: Ice Harbor Mittens , by Robin Hansen (originally published WITH pattern in Piecework, Jan/Feb 2010) About boys lost at sea utilizing "Compass Mittens" to find their way home.
Best Overall, Theme: ...Most hilarious and book most beloved by all three of my sons: Traction Man is Here!, by Mini Grey. This photo series will give a pretty good synopsis.