PPBF – Cybils Awards Finalist: Knock Knock

Knock1This selection is one of seven finalists for fiction picture books, and I am a participating judge for round 2. Which means I have to read them. Tough work, huh? For information on the Cybils Awards, click HERE

Author: Daniel Beaty
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Ages: 3-6yrs (according to Amazon, but, again, I think it’s for older children)
Themes: fathers and sons, separation, diverse books
Opening: Every morning I play a game with my father. He goes KNOCK KNOCK on my door, and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to my bed.
Summary: (from the publisher) A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there.

Knock2I like this book because: it’s powerful and beautiful, both in the writing and the illustrations. For a variety of reasons many children have to deal with separation from or the absence of a parent, and this selection deals with incarceration, though it’s not mentioned. I believe it would make a good addition to classroom shelves, helping kids understand and navigate the difficulties some are forced to deal with and to encourage hope. The multi-layered mixed-media illustrations are rich and warm, and invite the reader to take time to see there are often more layers to life’s complexities if we take a closer look.

Knock3Resources/activities: check out this pinterest board on building self-esteem.

For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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26 thoughts on “PPBF – Cybils Awards Finalist: Knock Knock

  1. Okay – I went and requested this one from my library BEFORE I posted this response. I NEVER do that. Didn’t want to forget. This one looks, and sounds, fabulous and fascinating! Can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it. Thanks so much for featuring it, Julie!

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