Four new picture books and one juvenile nonfiction book were waiting for me when I arrived at work. I’m about to read all of them and tell you what I think.
Are We There Yet? but Dan Santat – A problem has been solved. I’ve been searching furiously for a book to read to 3rd-5th graders for my “On the Go” program. I’ll teach games to play in a car, train or airplane. Thankfully, I have lots of third-graders to help me decide which games to share. Although, it’s possible we might spend the entire 45 minutes pouring over the delightful illustrations in this book and not get to the games.
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora – My job responsibilites have changed; and I’m not doing a lot of story times. One Saturday a month, I’ll have the honor. The first book I want to read is Horrible Bear! Ame Dycman books are always hilarious and startling. Zachariah OHora’s illustrations are awesome. So much so that it’s the first book I’m adding for a Mock Caldecott in 2017.
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley and illustrated by Lauren Castillo – Can an author of many novels for adults, one of which won the Pulitzer Prize write a great picture book? The answer is yes. This is a perfect bedtime story about a day in the life of a preschooler. We need diverse books is an important plea by those who love children’s books. This book meets the need in a very subtle way. The family includes a father with lighter skin and a mother with darker skin. This is how ML described people in preschool before learning labels based on race. The love of this family for eachother is apparent in every illustration. Another for the 2017 Mock Caldecott.
Have a Look, Says Book. by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes – This book is a must to help children learn about adjectives in a way that will resonate with them. The page which will resonate with ML the most is “I am scratchy says tutu.” It appears the scratchiness of ballet costumes has not changed since I was a child. ML can vouch for that.
Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Kathy Boake – My little animal loving chef is going to love this book. A creative way to share information about the zoo, what animals eat and ways to take care of our earth which benefit animals. I’d write more but I really want to read all the recipes from Platypus Party Mix to Midnight Mealworm Mush. I’m seeing a program for kindergartners through fifth on graders on what animals eat in my future.