Summary: (from my library catalog) Circle, triangle … elephant!? A big book of shapes, with a bit of silliness mixed in.
Why I like this book: I love how simple this book for the very young is, yet how much gentle humor is incorporated. I have been reading a lot more board books since I started doing storytime in the bookstore where I work, and get very excited when I find a simple book with more to it. Could be my favorite so far this year!
Resources/Activities: create a shape-game and have kids can shout out the shape or object you hold up, in groups of three, repeating in ever faster succession. I bet there will be lots of laughs too!
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
And a little good news via scbwi this morning!!! I posted the image a few weeks ago HERE
Author: Elfrida Vipont Illustrator:Raymond Briggs Publisher: Coward-MacCann, 1969 Ages: 3-5 Themes: elephants, babies, manners, cumulative stories Opening:Once upon a time there was an elephant. Summary: (from Waterstones)”The Elephant and the Bad Baby” is the classic story from Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs. The Elephant takes the Bad Baby for a ride and they go ‘rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta down the road.’ They help themselves to ice creams, pies, buns, crisps, biscuits, lollipops and apples, and the shopkeepers follow them down the road shouting and waving. All ends well as the Bad Baby learns to say ‘Please’ and his mother makes pancakes for everyone.
I like this book because: this is a GREAT read-aloud, recommended by a friend (Hi, Kelly!) for it’s jauntiness as she recently searched for a copy to gift her grand-nephew. I am a fan of Raymond Brigg’s work, but had not known about this cumulative gem. And the simplicity of the opening line is just so refreshing!
Resources/activities: make a puppet show, a flannel board, or perform the book as a play; talk about appropriate manners, but do this first – then read this to lighten the mood!
For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE
Author/Illustrator: Josh Schneider Publisher: Clarion Books, 2013 Age Level: 6-9/Easy Reader Themes: birthdays, gifts, elephants Opening:It was Dana’s birthday and she could do whatever she liked. Summary: (From my library catalog) Dana soon learns that receiving a big white elephant for her birthday is not as wonderful as she thought it would be.
Why I like it: I know this is not specifically a picture book, but I could not resist sharing it! I mean, is that first line loaded or what? We know there will be trouble! It’s got made up words, bright fun illustrations, packed with emotions we can all identify with – and a silly straw too!
Resources/Activities: This could help lead into a discussion about getting what we want and how that might affect others; have kids draw pictures of their ideal birthday breakfast; Read his picture book Tales for Very Picky Eaters, then listen to Josh Schneider introduce and share some of the backstory – HERE
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>.