Author/Illustrator: Vera Brosgol Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Age: 4-7 Themes: grandmothers, knitting, family Opening: . Summary: (from the publisher) An epic tale about one grandmother, a giant sack of yarn, and her ultimate quest to finish her knitting.
Why I like this book: An editor at Roaring Brook showed me this one back in February, and I have been sooo good at waiting sooo long to share it with you! I love finding picture books with an adult as the main protagonist, and I have totally fallen for this snarky Grandmother! Actually, I fell for the cover straight away! AND it’s a great read-aloud! The superb color palette and beautifully rendered compositions are icing on the cake!
Resources/Activities: learn how to knit at Imagination Soup: HERE
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Author: Lynn Roberts Illustrator:David Roberts Publisher: Abrams, 2005 Ages: 4-8yrs Themes: wolves, grandmothers, soft drinks Opening:In a time not too long ago and in a land much like our own, there lived a young boy. His name was Thomas, but – for some reason – everyone called him Little Red. Summary: (from my library catalog) In this version of the Grimm fairy tale, Thomas–who is called Little Red–discovers a wolf in disguise at his grandmother’s house and ingeniously uses ginger ale to save the day.
I like this book because: of the mouth-watering illustrations, pure and simple. Just look! And EVERY page is gorgeous! And it’s a well told twist on a classic, set in post-revolutionary America. Need I say more?
Resources/activities: because we all know the storyline, this is an excellent story to use to teach improvisation or writing of fractured fairy tales: perform Little Red ad lib, in groups of 3-5; make it a puppet show. Read their other collaborations: Cinderella, An Art Deco Love Storyand Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale.
Perfect Picture Book Friday has plenty of selections listed on a themed and alphabetized list, each with teacher/parent resources, on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Catherine Johnson is writing a poem (HERE), prompt word ‘lighthouse’ (in cahoots with Jody Hedlund’s lighthouse series) and I doodled these images, because sometimes we like to push each other around, I mean, to motivate each other. But my lighthouse just would not come on it’s own. Finally a lighthouse keeper appeared…then a cat. I’m interested to see what will happen next!
Now for a PPBF selection (yes, I know Susanna’s blog is on vacation, but I can’t help myself – love sharing great picture books!).
Author/Illustrator: M.B. Goffstein Publisher: Dial Press, 1976 Ages: 4-8yrs Themes: humorous stories, grandmothers, retired life Opening:When my grandmother went fishing, she would get up at five o’clock in the morning, and make herself breakfast,… Summary/I like this book because: (from my library catalog) “Describes Grandmother’s typical day of fishing.” What? I think that was the shortest off-the-wall summary I’ve found yet! Let me do a little ‘splainin’. I didn’t have a single selection for today in my book bag. I picked this one off the shelf, that one of my kids chose as the elementary school library was getting rid of a slew of too well-loved books, to make room for new ones. I read it again, thought, this is not really a story that would be considered publishable today (no complication, no resolution), but it grabbed me, like a one-liner sticks long after you’ve left the scene. So, I googled, and found that this little smirk won a Caldecott Honor in 1977, and that this author I had not otherwise read (surprising only because I was averaging 100/wk for yrs), is famous – AND has a fabulous quirky website – HERE.
Resources/activities: check out M.B. Goffsteins’ post: How to Write and Illustrate a Picture Book. Now. HERE
You can still head over to Susanna’s blogfor a wonderful list of titles with resources. She keeps the back door unlocked!
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. -Henry David Thoreau
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>.