Say the word "underpants" in front of any child and I promise that they will giggle. That fact already makes the Underpants books by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort guaranteed crowd pleasers. Of course, for this blog post I want to recommend Aliens Love Underpants and Aliens in Underpants Save the World. The stories are silly and the illustrations are vibrant and adorable. Scholastic also has some fun and easy downloadable activities to go along with the books.
Your Alien and Your Alien Returns by Tammi Sauer were new to me this year even though they were published in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The former is like a condensed and less sad version of E.T. A spaceship crash lands in a boy's backyard and he instantly befriends the super cute green alien inside. After a fun-filled day of alien hijinks the diminutive extra terrestrial is homesick so the boy finds a way to contact its parents. In the sequel, Your Alien Returns, the human boy is invited by the alien to visit his home.
What really brings these two stories to life, though, is Goro Fujita's, stunning artwork. Fujita has worked for Dreamworks Animation and is currently using virtual reality to create amazing digital paintings.
My son loves the interactive picture books by Tom Fletcher. Seriously, I think that I have read There's a Dragon in Your Book over a hundred times. So, I don't believe anyone was more excited than me when Fletcher released There's an Alien in Your Book last May! Young readers become part of the story as they are asked to do a variety of actions from tilting the book one way or the other, making faces, wiggling, blowing wind, etc. If you have a little one at home I highly recommend checking these out or buying them for your personal collection because they are sure to become favorites. If you need more convincing here is a video of Tom Fletcher reading There's a Monster in Your Book.
Need more aliens? Here are a few more extra terrestrial picture books that I have enjoyed.
Life on Mars by John Agee
Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara
Earth to Clunk by Pam Smallcomb
Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg