PPBF: Eerie Dearies

EerieDeariesCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Rebecca Chaperon
Publisher: Simply Read Books, 2014
Age: 9-14
Themes: academic absence, alphabet, concept book
OpeningA is for astral projection.
Summary: (from Amazon) Eerie Dearies is an unusual book that offers a carefully crafted & alphabetized selection of twenty-six beautifully illustrated excuses for being awol from school. Faded and well-used book covers serve as compelling backgrounds to each of these delicately rendered acrylic paintings, creating an atmosphere akin to an old and dusty collection of darkly humorous myths..

EerieDearies1.jpgWhy I like this book: Reminds me so much of Edward Gorey’s sense of humor. Not for the little ones, but I thought since the postings on Susanna Hill’s blog are on summer hiatus I could slip this one in for the older kids.

EerieDearies2Resources/Activities: Make your own list of ‘excuses’ and illustrate them, with pencil, ink collage, etc.; read Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies – watch the read-aloud video HERE

EerieDearies3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.


PPBF: Rad American Women A-Z

RadAmiWomenCover1Author: Kate Schatz
Illustrator: Miriam Klein Stahl
Publisher: City Light Books, 2015
Ages: 5-9yrs
Themes: alphabet book, women, biography
Opening: American history is filled with stories of brave and powerful men…but have you ever wondered where the women are?
Summary: (from my library catalog) Presents a collection of short biographies of notable American women representing each letter of the alphabet, from Angela Davis and Billie Jean King to Yuri Kochiyama and Zora Neale Hurston.

RadAmiWomen1 copy

I like this book because: I’m a woman too! And I believe it’s always more important than ever to educate both boys and girls on the impact both sexes have on the world (And I hope to see the day where I don’t have to say that!). The vibrant graphic illustrations are a powerful plus. Every non-fiction book should be this exciting!


Resources/activities: choose a biography in the book that resonates and find out more about the woman and contemporaries in her field or cause; check out the comment section on the Amazon page- HERE


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