Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth

Here We Are:  Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers is spectacular.  I want to buy a copy for everyone in the world to remind each one we are different but the same.

And we should follow the advice of Oliver’s Dad, an all-round good human.  “There are only three words you need to live by, son:  respect, consideration and tolerance.”

Judy Freeman and I Agree – 10 of the Best Books Published in 2015

Recently I attended an excellent workshop by Judy Freeman called What’s New In Children’s Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Program.  It includes a workbook with an list of the 150 Best Children’s Books published in 2015.  I was excited to see some of the books I featured on the blog on the list.  There were several that I started entries about last year; but wasn’t able to polish and publish the posts.  Truthfully, some of the posts just have a title and author.  Here are 10 books that Judy Freeman loved which I meant to share with you in 2015.

I love what Judy said on how to determine if a book is great.  “Did the book leave you Surprised? Startled? Satisfied?  Each of these books left me that way.

Mesmerized

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Ketzel

Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Leslea Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates

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Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Mama Seeton

Mama Seeton’s Whistle by Jerry Spinelli and illustrated LeUyen Pham

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Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina and illustrated by Angela Dominguez

three best friends

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Billys Boogers

Billy’s Booger: A Memoir by William Joyce

Stick and Stone

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and illustrated Tom Lichtenheld

Imagiinary Fred

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Nest

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

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The most current picture book Oliver Jeffers illustrated, The Day the Crayons Quit is number one the New York Times Picture Book Bestseller list this week.  Drew Daywalt is the author.  We read it and enjoyed it.  You will hear more about it in a future blog posting about children’s books including examples of writing letters.  An almost lost art form in our email society.

Last night, we read How to Catch a Star both written and illustrated by  Oliver Jeffers.  Published in 2004, it was his first book for children.  ML adored the story and illustrations.  But her favorite part was when she saw the picture of Oliver Jeffers at the end.  It’s a picture from childhood.  ML said, “Hey, it’s the boy in the story.”

We want to know if Oliver Jeffers ever caught a star like the boy in the book.