The Green Umbrella by Jackie Azua Kramer and illustrated by Maral Sassouni is perfect for this rainy day. I’ll understand if you don’t run straight to the library to get it today. However, you should request it immediately; so its waiting on a shelf to be picked up the next sunny day.
This book celebrates creativity; and the illustrations are delightful.
I often say, “I’m not really a graphic novel reader.” I can’t say that anymore. A more appropriate comment would be, “I don’t really read superhero graphic novels or manga.”
This weekend, I experienced an amazing graphic novel, Snow White, by Matt Phelan. I use the word experience, instead of read, because there were not many words. There didn’t need to be. The setting of this version was 1928 in New York City. To say it’s a modernized version of Snow White is both true and a little weird. Afterall, we’re about 90 years out from the roaring twenties and the onslaught of the great depression.
I’m not going to tell you anything more about the book, except the ending. Well, not really the ending because we all know what happens. It’s the way Matt Phelan creates a historically accurate and appropriate ending that makes this book a must read.
Matt Phelan has written three other graphic novels. I have requested all of them, and feel certain there will be a blog post about them in the near future.
Finding a book about colors that is simple enough for toddlers to grasp each individual color is hard; which is unfortunate. It’s one of the first types of books little ones adore. Penguins Love Colors by Sarah Aspinall does exactly that.
Here are some other titles about colors ML enjoyed as a toddler. All of which were written in the last millennium. Actually, they were all written before I graduated from high school.
Freight Train by David Crews
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
Currently, I’m planning a program comparing and contrasting the Arctic and Antarctica. I know. . . sounds boring. After a very brief lesson on Geography, the fun will begin. I’ll start with sharing a photo collage I created of animals which live in the Arctic vs Antarctica. From there, we will play Arctic Animal Bingo. We’ll finish off the event making snow animals out of clay. When a program includes clay, it’s always a winner! Children and parents alike join in the fun.
I learn a lot when I plan programs for kindergarten – 5th graders. Did you know there are 17 types of penguins? None of which live in the Arctic. As for Antarctica, there are the true Antarctic species, which breed on or near continental Antarctica. . . Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor and Gentoo penguins. Sub Antarctic species are one’s where the furthest south they go is the sub-Antarctic islands. These include King, Macaroni and Rockhopper penguins. I’m curious where the other ten types of penguins live. The kids will be too. I need to research that before the first week of January.
In the meantime, I’ll practice reading Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek. A beautiful book with a timely message.
A few years ago, I highlighted 24 of our favorite picture books in the post Christmas Books – One to Twenty Four. I need to add two books to this list. The best Christmas books published in 2016 are The Christmas Boot and Stowaway In A Sleigh. ML’s reached the age where she doesn’t want to cuddle in my bed reading picture books. However, she agreed to join me for a reading of The Christmas Boot. Tonight, I’ll try for Stowaway in a Sleigh.
The Christmas Boot by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Stowaway in a Sleigh by C. Roger Mader
Picture boos aren’t just for preschoolers. Here’s a list of some of my favorites this year.
Kindergarten – Second Graders
Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray
Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen
88 Instruments by Chris Barton and illustrated by Louis Thomas
Sergio Saves the Game by Edel Rodriguez
Third – Fifth Graders
Bloom by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by David Small
Painting Peppette by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Claire Fletcher
Water Princess by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story about Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
I’ve been slack in writing for the blog this year; but I’m a firm believer every child should receive at least one book under the tree. Below of are some of my favorites published this year which preschoolers will enjoy.
There’s a Bear On my Chair by Ross Collins
The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee
Panda Pants by Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Dylan the Villain by K.G Campbell
Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow
Horrible Bear by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora