I just had to jump in, so forgive me, please, if I am not following guidelines. In the vein of ‘make new friends’, but keep the old’, here are 10 picture book gems I wouldn’t want to live without, and I hope one or two may be new to you. Of course, I’m using the label old rather loosely – a book I may have read to my now adult kids. In no particular order:
Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne Publisher: Candlewick, 2014, reissue (originally by Hamish Hamilton Children’s Books, 1988) Ages: 3-7yrs Themes: bears, drawing, imagination Opening:Bear went for a walk. Summary: (from my library catalog) As Bear walks in the forest, with pencil in hand, he meets several grumpy forest dwellers and knows just what to do for them.
I like this book because: I know Anthony Browne’s work, I love Anthony Browne’s work. With a passion! But I had NO IDEA this was his artwork when I picked the book off the shelf and started reading it. NO idea until I got to the LAST page. Almost like deja vu! Possibly a nod to Harald and the Purple Crayon, but with a simplicity and a charm all it’s own!
Resources/activities: draw something you imagine would change the mood of persons or things you encounter on a walk, ride, or drive – maybe from your path to/from school.
For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE
Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2012 Age Level: 3-7 Themes: counting book, primates Opening: ‘1 gorilla.’ (The suspense is killing you now, eh?) Summary: Spoiler alert: 1 – 10, and a little extra. Okay, so there is not much of a story going on here, BUT there is, really, once you get past 10…
Why I like this book: I don’t. I LOVE IT! The primate master is at it again! If, by some remote chance, you don’t know who Anthony Browne is, or if you’ve only read a book or two, I obviously need to fill you in. This Brit has been making picture books since the mid-seventies, been bestowed with a gazillion awards, and was the UKs Children’s Laureate from 2009-2011. Not only does he write wonderful books (about 40 now), he illustrates them. But when describing his work ‘illustrate’ is too simple a word. He breathes life into his pictures, and they breathe life back into the viewer. Stunning comes close – you do feel a bit of an electric shock, but with a strong magnetic pull. Try it.
From WILLY THE DREAMER
‘Wise guy’ quote: (I nabbed Browne’s from a post at forbiddenplanet.co.uk) “‘I hope to encourage more children to discover and love reading, but I want to focus particularly on the appreciation of picture books, and the reading of both pictures and words. Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader’s imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.’”
Resources/Activities: this counting book can easily prompt a discussion on what a primate is, their different habitats – even the different sounds each one makes – HERE is the link to a website from the National Primate Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, with a whole bunch of calls you can listen to.
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks go to Susanna Hill’s blog – any day
Welcome to Design of the Picture Book! I'm Carter Higgins, and I'm a writer and librarian for kids. I spent a spectacular stint as the Children's Book Editor at <a href="http://www.designmom.com/">Design Mom</a> which I loved! You can find my column <a href="http://www.designmom.com/category/childrens-lit/">here</a>.<br /> I'm a K-6 librarian, a former-ish graphic designer, an SCBWI member, and a huge fan of words and pictures.<br /> Represented by <a href="http://www.rpcontent.com/">Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC</a>.