Day 2 #picturebookpicnic giveaway!

LOUIS will be celebrating World Picnic Day with picnics and his picture book friends – and stuffies – all WEEK! I’ll post pictures on Instagram where anyone (in the US) can comment – on any of the week’s posts – for a chance to win. Deadline is Thursday, 6/24/21 12pm MDT. Winner will be announced on the next Perfect Picture Book Friday!

But let me introduce you to his stuffie-guests and the friends they brought along for the picture book picnic today! Meet Elk, Penny, Wolfie, H. Hog and his elephant and horse – and Pooh, of course!

My Best Friend, by Julie Fogliano, Atheneum, 2020: Two girls quickly become best friends, even before they learn one another’s names.

The Nest That Wren Built, by Randi Sonenshine and illus. by Anne Hunter, Candlewick, 2020: In the rhyming style of “The House That Jack Built,” this poem about the care and specificity that Carolina wrens put into building a nest is at once tender and true to life. Papa and Mama Wren gather treasures of the forest, from soft moss for a lining to snakeskin for warding off predators. Randi Sonenshine’s lilting stanzas, woven with accurate and unexpected details about Carolina wrens, and Anne Hunter’s gentle, inviting illustrations reveal the mysterious lives of these birds and impart an appreciation for the wonder of the life cycles around us. Back matter includes a glossary and additional interesting facts about wrens. Nature lovers and poetry fans alike will be drawn to this lyrical picture book depicting how Carolina wrens build a nest for their young.

Cupcake Cousins, by Kate Hannigan and illus. by Brooke Boynton Hughes, Disney Hyperion, 2014: During a family vacation at Lake Michigan, nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia, desperate to avoid being flower girls in their aunt’s wedding, try to demonstrate that they would do better as chefs for the reception.

“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses, by Beth Anderson and illus. by Jenn Harney, Calkins Creek, 2020: James Kelly smelled EVERYTHING: rats in the shed; circus elephants a mile away; tomorrow s rain. His sense of smell was EXTRAORDINARY. But what good was a powerful nose? How could his super-sniffer make him special? In the New York City subway, James found his calling and earned the nickname Smelly Kelly. Armed with his super-sniffer and the tools he invented, he tracked down leaks from the dangerous to the disgusting, from the comical to the bizarre.

*Book descriptions form my library’s catalog.

AND LOUIS is on SALE right now on Amazon: HERE! Don’t forget to enter by commenting for the GIVEAWAY on my Instagram page: @jrzoch

PPBF: Out of Nowhere

Author/Illustrator: Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
Publisher: S&S, 2021
Age: 
4-8
Themes: best friends, beetles, metamorphosis

Opening:  Once, I had a friend. She arrived out of nowhere one day. I asked where she’d come from, but she just didn’t know.

Summary: (from my library catalog) A beetle courageously sets out in search of his best friend–a caterpillar that arrived out of nowhere and vanished without warning.

I like this book because: I fell for the cover! I am a fan of metamorphosis stories, and a few are way up there with my favorite books. So, what did this offer that was unique? For one, THE COVER, but all the illustrations are beautifully composed, simple yet striking, and with a limited palette (if you’ve been reading any of my posts you know I go weak in the knees for a limited palette!). And the beetle has so much personality, you just wanna hug them! I am not posting spreads that go too far into the story – I don’t want to spoil the experience for anyone! Find it!

Resources/activities: first, read other metamorphosis stories, and please try my favorite: Tadpole’s Promise, Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross; Read a book with a limited palette similar to Out of Nowhere, like: Shadow by Suzy Lee; watch a video:

A little excitement to share – knowing that an appearance in PW may never happen again!

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

I’m also over at Vivian Kirkfield’s blog TOMORROW talking about I’M A HARE SO THERE! with a GIVEAWAY!