I’m On My Own – Twenty Picture Book Arrivals

Looks like I’m on my own for a bit with picture books.  ML wants us to read chapter books together.  I thought I could sneak a few picture books into our bedtime reading.  It didn’t work, she’s adamant.  We’ve decided to start the first Harry Potter book.

So I’m on my own until I convince her that picture books are great for every age.  In twenty words or less, I’m sharing my favorite part of the following seventeen??? picture books

Little Red's Riding Hood

Little Red’s Riding Hood by Peter Stein and illustrated by Chris Gall – “Why, Granny!  What a big GRILLE you have!”

Yeti and the Bird

Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen – Worm Jam

 

Hoot Owl

Hoot Owl:  Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and illustrated Jean Jullien – Pay attention to the eyes.

Nobody's Perfect

Nobody’s Perfect by David Elliott and illustrated by Sam Zuppardi – “This is my room before I clean it.  This is my room after I clean it.”

Backwards Birthday

The Backwards Birthday Party by Tom Chapin and John Forster and illustrated by Chuck Groenink – “We blindfolded the donkey, and he pinned the tail on us.”

You Are Not Small

You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant – I loved the big gray-green, hairy monster leg and the parachuting pink monsters.

No, Silly

No, Silly! by Ken Krug – “I like to sleep on cookies.”

Glamourpuss

Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by David Small – The cat says “ME” and the dog says “WOW.”

Little Puffin's First Flight

Little Puffin’s First Flight by Jonathan London and illustrated by Jon Van Zyle “a puffling will eats as many as 2,000 fish in its first six weeks of life.”

Big Tractor

Big Tractor by Nathan Clement – A unique book about seasons sharing the life of a farmer and various farm equipment used throughout the year.

You Nest Here

You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple and illustrated by Melissa Sweet – Who knew cowbirds don’t make nests? “the uninvited guest, Leaves her egg in a foster nest”

I Don't Want to Be a Frog

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt – “You are a Wet, Slimy, Bug-Eating very luck Frog.”

In

In by Nikki McClure – Don’t miss the Owl Guide at the end of the book.

 

Counting Crows

Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Rob Dunlavey – Fun words throughout the book. . . by jango, smackers, grackle, yeppers.  Who knew crows could look so delightful?

My Pen

My Pen by Christopher Myers – A book celebrating drawing in creative illustrations and words.  “My pen tap-dances on the sky.”

Nana in the City

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo – “I felt brave in my cape.”  what a great line.

Room for Bear

Room for Bear by Ciara Gavin – I love Bear’s problem solving and the “Eat Quack Love” sign in his den.

Little Bird Takes a Bath

Little Bird Takes a Bath by Marisabina Russo – I broke out in song throughout the book, “Rain, Rain Go Away” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and many other classics.

P.Zonka

P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis -I love this chicken that marches to a different drummer and lays eggs on her own terms.

If I Had Triceratops

If I had a Triceratops by George O’Connor – The illustrations for “I’d be sure to clean up after her” and the one of her playing fetch.

 

 

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

The Right Word

Since elementary school, I’ve been a “Thesaurus Junkie.”  I use an online thesaurus when writing my posts.  Santa filled my stocking with a pocket thesaurus last Christmas.  I keep it by my bed… sometimes reading it instead of a book before bed.

Ecstatic is one word describing my feelings when The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet arrived.  Thrilled, overjoyed, elated, delighted, exultant, jubilant and pleasantly surprised to read a book explaining how my favorite book metamorphosed describes my glee.  The fact it was in my favorite book format… a picture book made it even sweeter.

Speaking of sweet.  One of my favorite illustrators, Melissa Sweet, created the art for this book using watercolor, collage and mixed media.  Her detailed illustrations are whimsical, lively, fanciful, entertaining, magical, imaginative, amusing, engaging and fun.

My favorite quote from the book…

 -In 1852 Roget published his Thesaurus,
a word that means “treasure house” in Greek.-

To my knowledge, ML has yet to use a thesaurus. Last year, ML asked Santa for a dictionary.  I am hoping Jolly Old Saint Nick will bring her a “treasure house” this year.

***thesaurus.com was used abundantly in writing this post***

Firefly July

Firefly July

This week, I received the entries for the Poetry Celebration at ML’s school.  The Friends of the Library is self-publishing a book of poetry from entries received using Lulu.  Families can purchase the book, and copies will be purchased for the school library.  I’m glad I’m not the one choosing the standout poems.  I read the entries.  Impressive!

Recently, the library received a new poetry book Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  From the crisp title page to the bibliography acknowledging where the poems were first published, this book is a pleasure.

ML’s poem for the celebration was a rhyming, whimsical Dr. Seuss type poem.  I look forward to using the short poems in Firefly July as a way to show her poetry doesn’t have to rhyme.  Poetry is creative, descriptive and follows no rules.  After spring break, I’ll expand on the Pocket Poem idea;  surprising ML with a poem from Firefly July in her lunchbox.

We love Melissa Sweet’s artwork.  She illustrated our favorite picture book from 2013… Little Red Writing.  The depth of her mixed-media illustrations intrigue.  Our favorite illustration… the full page burst of yellow, with an orange cat, daisies and buttercups.

The final page shows a young girl asleep under a quilt.  While exploring the quilt,  we recognized a patch of striped fabric from a snowman’s scarf in one of the winter illustrations.  Then, we discovered illustrations and patterns on the quilt are hiding throughout the book… the ship, the phases of the moon, a robin, a dragonfly, and a multitude of fabric patterns.  There were a few patterns we’ve yet to find.  We’re certain they are hiding out somewhere in the book.

The first “Lunch Box Poem” for ML from page six in the collection…

Spring

Rain beats down,
roots stretch up.

They’ll meet
in a flower.

-Raymond Scouster

2014 Notable Books – How Did the Committee Do?

Warning

The results are in for the 2014 Notable Children’s Books chosen by the Association For Library Service to Children.  ML and my choices can be viewed at Notable Children’s Books:  ML’s Favorites and Mine.

When I compared ML and my picks with the winners, I was both excited and disappointed.  I admit, we haven’t read all the books which made the list for Younger Readers.  I requested the titles our library owns.  In a future post, I’ll share ML’s opinion on the books we haven’t read.

In the meantime, the book we are most disappointed not on the list, Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.   On a positive note, we are thrilled Warning:  Do Not Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe made the list.  A sequel will be available Fall 2014 – Please:  Open This Book.  Three cheers for more monkey mayhem.

Mock Caldecott 2014 List

Below are the books, I am hoping ML and her friend, Calvin will look at this weekend for their Mock Caldecott Award.  I’m still waiting on a few to come from other library branches.  So they may not have a chance to win.

One really cool aspect of our multimedia world is many illustrators have videos showing them creating their work.  This post includes links to these.  And a quick note if I know the mediums used to create the illustrations.

Ruby

Hello, My Name is Ruby by  Philip Stead – Mixed media… chalk pastel, colored pencils, and colored ink  us.macmillan.com/hellomynameisruby/PhilipStead

SeeWhale

If You Want to See a Whale written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin Stead – Pencil and linoleum prints erinstead.com/about/

Journey

Journey by Aaron Becker – Watercolor www.storybreathing.com/the-making-of-journey/

LittleRedWriting

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet – Watercolor, pencil and collage

Locomotive

Locomotive by Brian Floca – Pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.  Scroll to the bottom of the following like to watch 3 short videos on the process and a view of a book dummy www.fcps.edu/fairfaxnetwork/mta/floca.html

MrTiger

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown –   still trying to determine mediums http://vimeo.com/80293481#at=60

MrWuffles

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner – Water color and ink line www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner/wuffles-process.html

MechanicalFish

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov – mixed media

Stardines

Stardines by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Carin Berger – shadow boxes, diorama and cut-paper  www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuRxHvNb7Xg

NotGoodIdea

That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems – pencil and watercolor with additional digital color and compositing

Tortoise

Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney – Watercolor www.jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html

Looking forward to seeing if one of the Stead books are chosen or a book with Mr. in it’s title.  I feel more confident in predicting which books I think the Caldecott committee will pick for the award and honors; than I do guessing what ML and Calvin will choose.  It’s going to be fun hearing two first-graders opinion.

My Favorite Picture Book of the Year – Little Red Writing

LittleRedWriting

It was a hard choice, but I’ve decided my favorite picture book of the year is Little Red Writing  by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  (A book about writing, wonder why that’s my choice?)  I’ll ask ML her favorite when she returns from living it up with her grandparents and cousins.    Then, post it next week.

This book is a funny rendition of “Little Red Riding Hood.”  The teachers, students, janitor and principal are pencils.  However, the Wolf 3000 Pencil Sharpener has taken over the principal’s office.  Will Little Red Riding save the day?

Her class is led by Ms. 2.  Fellow classmates include a birthday pencil, two airplane pencils, two sports pencils, a dinosaur pencil, a candy pencil, a Pencilvania pencil, a pencil with a special grip and Little Red.

At the end of the book, each of these pencils provides a “punny” story.  ML’s favorite was the candy pencil… “Then Pencil and Gretel ate all the candy!”

The illustrations are detailed and full of humor.  We had a great time pouring over each page.

Teachers will love this book.  It’s a great way to teach the writing process, descriptive language, parts of speech and punctuation.  Even the most reluctant student writer won’t be able to keep a straight face reading this book.