PPBF: The House on East 88th Street

HouseOnE88thsStcoverAuthor/Illustrator: Bernard Waber
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1962
Age: 3-7
Themes: crocodiles, moving, family
Opening: This is the house. The house on East 88th Street. It is empty now, but it won’t be for long.
Summary: (from my library’s catalog) The Primm family finds Lyle, a performing crocodile, in the bathtub in their new apartment. To everyone’s surprise all become great friends.

HouseOnE88thsSt2Why I like this book: Another classic, and an old friend that time and again needs revisiting. The limited color palette and loose style leaves plenty of room for imagination, excitement, and emotion to unfold. The storytelling has the matter-of-fact attitude that children understand best. Of course they continue to welcome this crocodile into their own family! Enjoy!

HouseOnE88thsSt3.jpgResources/Activities: Have you ever moved to a new home and found something the previous owner left behind? No? Make one up! Create a new story with the object; also read Lovable Lyle, or Lyle Walks the Dogs, from Bernard Waber.

HouseOnE88thSt4.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Danny and the Dinosaur

DannyDinoCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Syd Hoff
Publisher: Harper & Row, 1958
Age: Easy Reader; 3+
Themes: dinosaurs, museums, play
Opening: One day Danny went to the museum. he wanted to see what was inside.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Danny goes to a museum to see the dinosaurs and ends up spending the day outside with one.

DannyDino1Why I like this book: It’s a favorite of my youth and a classic easy reader with excellent read-aloud-ability for a toddler storytime. The illustrations are just right for kids learning to read through both word and pictures.

DannyDino2.jpgResources/Activities: for a dinosaur theme read together with Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct/Mo Willems, and We Are the Dinosaurs/Laurie Berkner and Ben Clanton.

DannyDino3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Things To Do

ThingsToDocoverAuthor: Elaine Magliaro
Illustrator: Catia Chien
Publisher: Chronicle, 2016
Age: 4-8
Themes: nature, activity, imagination
Opening: Things to do if you are DAWN. Shoo away night. Wash the eastern sky with light. wake the sleeping sun: Rise and shine!

ThingsToDoEndpapersSummary: (from my library catalog) Told in rhyming text, the story takes us through a child’s day, focusing on the animals and objects around the child.

ThingsToDoTitlepageWhy I like this booksoft, endearing illustrations compliment the magical text ‘like butta’, as my aunt might have said!

ThingsToDo1.jpgResources/Activities: go for a spring walk or hike, and take along some of the highlighted words in the book’s text; see how you might find something that ‘flits’, is ‘buzzy’, ‘bold’, or ‘dazzles’.

ThingsToDo2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Have You Seen My Trumpet?

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Author: Michael Escoffier
Illustrator: Kris Di Giacomo
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books, 2016
Age: 3-6
Themes: vocabulary, wordplay, animals
Opening: Who is playing frisbee?

HaveYouSeenMyTrumpet?1Summary: (from my library catalog) Presents a young girl looking for her trumpet, with her questions containing hidden words for animals that can be seen in the illustrations..

HaveYouSeenMyTrumpet?4Why I like this book: I love playing with words and think it’s important to encourage children to do so as well, especially while having to cope within an environment overrun by standardized testing. (Thanks for allowing me a 2-second soapbox moment!) The artwork invites play on an entirely different level, using a warm and welcoming palette. Enjoy, my playful friends!

HaveYouSeenMyTrumpet?2Resources/Activities: Play! With words, both written and spoken and with visuals: what new beasts can you create from common complex words? What new words can you invent for common (and/or complex!) creatures?

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

PPBF: Sometimes It’s Storks + a winner!

SometimesIt'sStorkscoverAuthor: L.J.R. Kelly
Illustrator: The Brothers Hilts
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017
Age: 2-5
Themes: infants, animals
Opening: “Babies arrive by different means, on rickshaws, beasts or submarines, and some, indeed, do come by wing – a bundle of baby, blanket and string – “

SometimesIt'sStorks1Summary: (from my library catalog) Relates where some babies come from as a parent tells a child of the long and strange journey that began with a careless stork and ended with the baby finally reaching home.

SometimesIt'sStorks2Why I like this book: Stunning compositions with stimulating use of contrast – great for young eyes – and tired ones too! The text gets high marks for top-notch readaloudability and humor too. Great gift for new parents!

SometimesIt'sStorks4Resources/Activities: read it again, savor it a third time, and after the fifth reading buy a copy for a friend!

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

And the WINNER of the 5th BLOGIVERSARY giveaway picture book is:

JOANNA MARPLE!

Thanks to each and every one of you for participating!!!

PPBF: Mom, There’s a Bear at the Door! + my 5th blogiversary!

To celebrate 5 years of blogging I’d like to send one lucky reader a gift: a picture book of their choice! Please leave the title of the book you’d like in the comment section by March 23, 2017/6amMDT, and if I can get a hold of a new copy I’d be honored to send it to you. Please understand that if the winner is from outside the US, the offer applies in softcover/paperback form. Looking forward to reading your wish titles in the comment section below! And happy St. Patrick’s Day to my fellow (lucky) Irish folks!

BearattheDoorcoverAuthor: Sabine Lipan
Illustrator: Manuela Olten
Publisher: Eerdmans, 2016; orig. in German: Mama, da steht ein Bär vor der Tür!
Age: 2-5
Themes: bears, mother-and-child, humorous stories
Opening: Mom, there’s a bear at the door! A Bear? A bear. But we live on the eleventh floor! That’s why he’s here.

BearattheDoor1Summary: (from my library catalog) I love the faith tenacity of this main character, and the expression-laden character designs. So much fun!!! Can’t wait to try this out on my storytime kids!

BearattheDoor2Why I like this bookA mother has several questions when her son tells her there’s a bear standing outside the front door of their eleventh-floor apartment.

BearattheDoor4Resources/Activities: this is a great ‘what if?’ prompt for young writers!

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

PPBF: Old MacDonald Had a Truck

OMHadATruckCoverAuthor: Steve Goetz
Illustrator: Eda Kaban
Publisher: Chronicle, 2016
Age: 2-5
Themes: farmers, trucks, stories based on songs
Opening: Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had an…EXCAVATOR!

OMHadATruckEndpapersSummary: (from my library catalog) An update of the classic folk song, Old MacDonald, featuring farm vehicles like excavator, dump truck, and bulldozer.

OMHadATruck1Why I like this book: My local library’s children’s librarian handed this one to me, and I am grateful – such a great read-aloud that will surely delight truck-loving singers and my storytime crowd at the bookstore.

OMHadATruck2Resources/Activities: read this along with Little Blue Truck, by Alice Shertle and Jill McElmurry and The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, by Miryam and Tibor Gergely; Play animal charades: have children pick an image of farm animal out of a bag/basket and act out the sounds or movements of the animal for others to guess.

OMHadATruck3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Don’t Cross the Line

dontcrossthelinecoverAuthor: Isabel Minhós Martins
Illustrator: Bernardo P. Carvalho
Publisher: Gecko Press, 2016
Age: 4-8
Themes: dictators, soldiers, resistance
Opening: The story truly begins on the end papers (see further below) but especially on the following title page:

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Summary: (from my library catalog) This slapstick postmodern tale is also a profound statement about dictatorship and peaceful revolution, from an award-winning author/illustrator team.

dontcrosstheline2Why I like this book: My friends here could say they could spot this ‘Julie pick’ a mile off, I’m sure! The strong, clean compositions, the loose, playful, colorful rendering style. This title reminds me strongly of one of my favorite classics, Drummer Hoff, from Ed Emberley (whose exhibit KAHBAHBLOOOM at the Worcester Art Museum goes through April 7, 2017)

DontCrosstheLine3.jpgResources/Activities: I find this is a perfect book to share consider the times we find ourselves in: kids WANT to discuss these topics – let them lead how far, and how deep they would like to go with it. We all belong to groups. Everyone is political.

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

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PPBF: 1 Big Salad

bigsaladcoverAuthor/Illustrator: Juana Medina
Publisher: Viking, 2016
Age: 2-6
Themes: vegetables, salad, creativity
Opening: One Avocado Deer.
Summary: (from the publisher) Count from 1 avocado deer to 2 radish mice and all the way up to 10 clementine kitties, which all add up to one big, delicious salad!

bigsalad2Why I like this book: It’s as clean and fresh as a real one! The layout and design are crisp and inviting. The concept delicious! My kids may love a good salad now, but we started off counting how many ‘leaves’ one had to eat. The creativity in this book may have some reluctant eaters asking to make their own!

bigsalad3Resources/Activities: make your OWN salad! Dressing recipe included in the book.

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

PPBF: One Little Two Little Three Little Children

onelittlecoverAuthor: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrator: Mary Lundquist
Publisher: Balzer & Bray, 2016
Age: 2-6
Themes: children, families, rhyming stories
Opening: One little, two little, three little children.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A rhyming celebration of the diversity and universality of children and their families.onelittleaWhy I like this book: The more I read to toddlers, the more I love solid rhythmic rhyming stories that embrace concepts without becoming pedagogic. This hits the mark in the best way, enhanced by beautiful soft illustrations where everyone can find a character with which to identify.onelittle3Resources/Activities: discuss what kinds of families there are and what matters, what makes a family a family.onelittle2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.