PPBF: The Forest Feast for Kids

ForestFeastcoverAuthor/Artist/Photographer: Erin Gleeson
Publisher: Abrahms, 2016
Age: 8-12
Themes: cooking for children, vegetarian food, art
Summary: (from the publisher) The first children’s cookbook from New York Times bestselling author and popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast for Kids, serves up kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and fun to make. This cookbook showcases the rustic simplicity of the fare through vibrant colorful photography of Gleeson’s beautiful home in the woods and of children cooking the dishes themselves..

ForestFeast1.pngWhy I like this book: Something quite different this week in anticipation of the latest midnight release party for a Harry Potter book tomorrow night. If only there were such pretty cookbooks when I had first started out! I did burn my mother’s tablecloth with a pan of snickerdoodles, but these dishes may have prevented that negative turning point in my cooking career!

ForestFeast2Resources/Activities: make some delicious dishes; draw your favorite foods – use watercolor; try something you have not eaten before.

ForestFeast3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.


Attaching some of my creative efforts for tonight’s party below – all to be give-aways!




PPBF: Hector Protector and As I Went Over theWater

Illustrator: Maurice Sendalk
Publisher: Harper & Row, 1963
Age: 2-5
Themes: Mother Goose rhymes, behavior
OpeningHector Protector was dressed all in green.
Summary: (from the publisher) Maurice Sendak has interpreted these old’ Mother Goose rhymes in animated sequences that have the aliveness and immediacy of a child’s own imaginings. There is little in these verses to suggest the settings, the characterizations, the unforeseen twists and turns of Mr. Sendak’s fantastical picture-stories. They extend the boundaries of the short rhymes and add surprising dimension.

HectorProtectorendpapersWhy I like this book: The visual interpretations are stories themselves, perfect examples of what an illustrator can bring to the text, especially to something so familiar and seemingly ‘non-illustratable’.

HectorProtector1Resources/Activities: For any age group: pick a Mother Goose rhyme and bring it to life: with hand-drawn pictures, a collage, puppet show or cartoon. This book can be put to good use in a high school classroom to introduce illustration as a profession. Check out this page for more info on nursery rhymes and their origins.

HectorProtector4For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.


PPBF: Animals should definitely not wear clothing

AnimalsShouldDefinitelyNotcoverAuthor: Judi Barrett
Illustrator: Ron Barrett
Publisher: 2002, Weekly Reader (Originally published by Aladdin, S&S, 1970)
Age: 2-5
Themes: animals, clothing, concept book
OpeningAnimals should definitely not wear clothing….
Summary: (from my library catalog) Pictures of animals wearing clothes show why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt. (I doubt this was the original pitch!)

AnimalsShouldDefinitelyNot1.jpgWhy I like this book: Simply silly! The concept is clear and easy for young and old to find hilarious. The illustrations have just the right amount of dry humor in them, and I love the design – even the cover is unconventional yet straightforward. A classic that has stood the test of time!

AnimalsShouldDefinitelyNot2Resources/Activities: what else can we think of that animals should better leave to humans? Why? What if we reversed the thought? Should humans chew grass? Grow fur?

AnimalsShouldDefinitelyNot3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.


PPBF: Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball

SometimesILikecoverAuthor: Vicki Churchill
Illustrator: Charles Fuge
Publisher: Sterling, 2001
Age: 3 and up
Themes: wombats, parent-child story, rhyming story
OpeningSometimes I like to curl up in a ball, so no one can see me because I’m so small.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Wombat likes to do many different things during the day, but when night comes he seeks out the coziest place of all.

Sometimes1Why I like this book: A customer recommended this book to me, and it is rather adorable! So fun to read aloud and the wombat’s expressions are priceless! A great bedtime story and the ending has a satisfying “ahhh”.

Sometimes2Resources/Activities: discuss what simple activities give you pleasure; make a bunch of funny faces; take time to go outside and do the things that wombat likes to do.

Sometimes3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.


PPBF: Coming and Going

ComingandGoingcoverAuthor: Isabel Minhós Martins
Illustrator: Bernardo Carvalho
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2014
Age: 5 and up
Themes: nature, transportation, human impact on the environment
OpeningThe head, it is said, is not just for wearing a hat. Feet, we might also say, are not just for wearing shoes.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Humans aren’t the only ones on Earth who travel long distances. Many birds, fish, and mammals migrate hundreds of miles in search of food, warmer climates, or places to raise their young. But it’s not just the incredible distances these creatures travel; it’s the way they do it that makes us slow down and think…

ComingandGoing1Why I like this book: the bold clear graphic style of illustration is a perfect background for a serious and very important subject.

ComingandGoing2Resources/Activities: discuss how we get where we need to go, how that differs depending where one lives: in the city, a town or in a rural area; how do things we need get to us? Great supplement to a unit on transportation.

ComingandGoing4For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.