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.
A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack by William Joyce and Kenny Callicutt – “You might think you know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but you might want to think again. In this fairy tale with a twist, it hasn’t rained in days and the king has dictated that something must be done—his royal pinky is getting stinky! With a little magic from a wizard, young Jack, paired with his pea pod pal, will find a GIANT reason as to why there’s no water left in the kingdom…and prove that size doesn’t prevent anyone from doing something BIG.”
Why should you read this book?
It’s a boisterous yarn including puns, stinky pinkies, Princes Blah Blah Blah, a bean, a stalk and a boy named Jack created at Moonbot Studios. You must read this funny book. Preschoolers will enjoy the story. Early elementary school students will love the merging of a few well known classics from fairy tales and Mother Goose. Plus the illustrations are a lively delight.