PPBF: Mina

Author/Illustrator: Matthew Forsythe
Publisher: Paula Wiseman, 2022
Age: 
3-7
Themes: mice, parents, pets

Opening: Mina lived in her own little world where nothing ever bothered her. Except for one thing.

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Mina the mouse is very upset when her father brings home a pet “squirrel” that she is certain is a cat.

I picked this book because: see my review on the Kid’s Indie Next List, March/April 22, image below:

Resources/activities: I hope in reading this kids – like me – feel the urge to draw in color! Try drawing lines in one color first and going over the same lines with another color, laying down an area of colored pencil and using an eraser to draw in that space, or using one range of colors, like greens, blues and purples for a single drawing.

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

PPBF: Never, Not Ever!

Author/Illustrator: Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher: Harper, 2021
Age: 
3-7
Themes: bats, first day of school, parents

Opening: see image below.

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) When Pascaline, a little bat, screams “Never, Not Ever” in response to going to school, something extraordinary happens, which changes her mind.

I picked this book because: I would pick up any book illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna! Her illustration style is so playful, unrestricted, unencumbered that I feel immediately transported back into my years as a young mother, even back into my own childhood. And i love a story that begins with defiance, follows a roller coaster of emotions, and ends with a … well, you’ll just have to read and find out!

Resources/activities: read more books about starting school, like My School Stinks by Becky Scharnhorst, illus. by Julia Patton. Set up a pretend classroom to practice what a day in school might be like. Visit the school playground over the summer.

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

Also, happy 10 year blogaversary to me! And since we are only a day out from St.Paddy’s, here is a coloring sheet kids can print out and fold to make a fortune-teller which includes Irish superstitions in the inner drawings: salute a magpie by telling it the time for good luck, be kind to robins for good luck, do not disturb fairy trees, an itchy nose means a disagreement is coming, a fallen fork means a female visitor is to be expected, burning ears means someone is talking about you, bird poop brings good luck, and see a penny (coin) pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck.

PPBF: The Story of a Story

Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrator:
 Hadley Hooper
Publisher: Neal Porter Books, 2021
Age: 
4-8
Themes: authorship, creation, inspiration

Opening: This is the story of a story.

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A child struggles to write a story until he finds inspiration outside his window.

I picked this book because: My critique partner told me about it and she was right! It’s deceptively simple with timeless illustrations. And as an illustrator I would say the visual creative process is quite the same. Would that we all had an adorable furry assistant – well, some of you surely do! I have to wait for summer when I can leave my door open for neighborhood cats! Enjoy this book – it’s a treat!

Resources/activities: the book walks readers through the process and the author has provided a quick guideline to get writers started in the back matter. Write on!

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