Author/Illustrator: Jarvis Publisher: Candlewick , 2018 Age: 2-6 Themes: moles, eyeglasses, home Opening: see image below
Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Morris Mole can’t find his glasses, but he’s certain he can get home without them. So off he burrows, and up he pops…. ‘Mrs. Mole, I’m home!’ But is he?
I like this book because: It was SUCH a hit with my storytime gang and the adults in the room too! Fun bright illustrations with plenty to pour over in side jokes (look at those worms!) and perfect pacing to keep the whole crowd happy and asking for more!
Resources/Activities: we made paper eyeglasses to color, and I brought any type of eyewear I could find in the house for them all to try on, even a pair with a nose and moustache – which I must say looked best worn upside down!
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In honor of Women’s History Month I am focussing on outstanding female authors and/or illustrators. This week from New Zealand a candidate for the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Joy Cowley, andillustrator Elizabeth Fuller! AND it’s my 6th BLOGIVERSARY! I’ll be giving away a picturebook of your choice, BUT it has to be written by a woman, and illustrated by a woman (yes, it can be a female author/illustrator!). One other ‘glitch’: I have to be able to purchase a new copy! Just leave a comment to enter, perhaps with the name of a female illustrator you admire!
Author: Joy Cowley Illustrator: Elizabeth Fuller Publisher: Philomel, 2003 Age: 2-6 Themes: farm animals, baths, home Opening: This is Mrs. Wishy-Washy and this is her farm. Here is her house and her truck and her barn.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Tired of being washed by Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a cow, pig, and duck leave her farm and head for the city.
I like this book because: I read it to my storytime gang last week and they loved it! Great story of home and family among farm friends, super-smooth read-aloud rhyme, and it’s funny! I searched for a Mrs. Wishy-washy title because the author has been short-listed for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, soon to be announced for this year!
Resources/Activities: To complement the book, we played pin the mud on the pig! I had bandanas at the ready, but it was just as much fun to have them close their eyes as I spun them each around 3 times (till they were dizzy!). Check out the 235 candidates from 60 countries that were nominated HERE on the short list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Author: Alvin Tresselt Illustrator: Roger Duvoisin Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1958 Age: 3-6 Themes: dwellings, frogs, reflection Opening: There was once a frog who lived in a well, and a fine well it was, too.
Summary: Once upon a time there was a frog who lived at the bottom of a well. The well was the frog’s whole world, until the day the well ran dry and the bugs began to disappear. What was happening to the world, the frog wondered, and what could he do? The hungry frog decided he must hop to the top of the well to see what he could of the end of the world. Conquering his fear, he peered out, and what did he see? Trees, flowers, meadows, marshes, and all kinds of end-of-the-world creatures! Entranced, the little frog ventured forth to find out more about the world outside his own. Based on a classic Chinese fable, and written and illustrated by the Caldecott-winning Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin, The Frog in the Well is a charming tale of one brave frog and his journey into wisdom.
Why I like this book: Oldy but a gooooody! Found this title while I was searching for storytime books with a ‘home’ theme, and fell in love. Wouldn’t be the first time a girl fell for a sweet frog, eh? Still fresh for todays readers.
Resources/Activities: Read about the illustrator HERE though I am sure many of you are familiar with his classics like, Petunia, Veronica, or The Happy Lion! If not – you need to read them! If you just want to wallow in a pool of his wonderful images – click HERE. Make a storytime-craft activity with a paper towel roll, or clothes pins.
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Author/Illustrator: Quentin Blake Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 1995 Ages: 3-8yrs Themes: wordless stories, toys, home Summary: (from my library catalog)After being discarded, Clown makes his way through town having a series of adventures as he tries to find a home for himself and his other toy friends.
I like this book because: I too have once been discarded (some friendships just don’t last), and immediately found myself able to empathize with Clown and understand his struggle to feel secure again. I’m glad he didn’t give up either! Yeah, it made me a little weepy, but happy too! I’ve been on a Quentin Blake spree, reading books he has illustrated and/or written, biography materials and interviews too. Whew – it’s been a fun and enlightening ride! He also helped establish the House of Illustration, a home for the art of illustration. Read more on Blake’s exhibit there- HERE, or a visit to the museum by kid-lit author Pippa Goodhart from the Picture Book Den blog – HERE
Resources/activities: this is a great book to read when discussing emotions, understanding them, learning the difference between sympathy and empathy, as well as character traits like perseverance. One could also touch on hygiene and why it would be a good thing to clean toys found in the trash before we use (and love!) them.
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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>.