Boats Float! by Georga Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon Book Review

Boats Float by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon
Illustrations by Mick Wiggins
Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015

In this companion picture book, the Lyons extend their transportation streak to all things boat related. From steamships to ghostships, and every little and big in-between ship, this rhyming picture book explores every kind of boat you can imagine and then a few you may not have thought of.

Illustrated in a 1920's style travel poster look, each spread is colorful and fun, capturing movement and life. Despite the sometimes forced rhymes and some stretching of the actual definition of boat (seaplanes are not boats), I felt like this book had a nice rhythm to it. I also liked the global aspect of it as we explored boats from around the world, which is a great way to introduce other cultures to young ones without feeling forced. If I still did storytime, I think this would be perfect for the preschool set and make some kind of boat craft. If I was feeling exceptionally crafty, I may have even brought a kiddie pool to float them in. Yeah, I was an awesome storytime storyteller if I do say so myself.