PPBF: The Story of a Story

Author: Deborah Hopkinson
 Hadley Hooper
Publisher: Neal Porter Books, 2021
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.

SteigFEST 2: Yellow & Pink


Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984, 1st ed.
Ages: 5 and up
Themes: humorous stories, contemplating life, philosophy
Opening: Two small figures made of wood were lying out in the sun one day on an old newspaper. One was short, fat, and painted pink; the other was straight, thin, and painted yellow. It was hot and quiet, and they were both wondering.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Two painted wooden figures argue about where they came from, whether they just happened by accident or were created by some other being.


I like this book because: The story touches delicately with subtle humor on the perennial question: Why are we here?


Resources/activities: great book to start a discussion about where we come from and why we are here in an open-minded classroom.

Y&PToday’s tidbit: Check out Michael Sporn‘s post with layout drawings that Steig did for an animated Alka Seltzer commercial – early 60’s: HERE