Author: Deborah Bruss Illustrator: Tiphanie Beeke Publisher: Arthur A. Levine, 2001 Age: 1-4 Themes: domestic animals, libraries, books Opening: (see image below)
Summary: (from my library catalog) When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.
Why I like this book: My friend and ‘professional’ babysitter, Mila, recommended this to me years ago. Still packs a solid punch. I was recently lamenting about a beautiful new book with a very flat story and wonder why so many books get published that just don’t make the cut when read aloud, as I am sure EVRY writer, or wanna-be writer does. This is visually engaging AND it has perfect pacing and a solid story with a very funny ending – do look for it!!
Resources/Activities: discuss what a librarian does; take a field-trip to the library, arrange (ahead) for the children’s librarian to give your child(ren) a ‘tour’; take home a new-to-you book! book! book!
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Author: Barbara Bottner Illustrator: Michael Emberly Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014 Ages: 5-9yrs Themes: bullies, storytelling, librarians Opening:Miss Brooks has Story Nook first thing before school, and I don’t like to miss it. Summary: (from my library catalog) A school librarian encourages her students to make up stories, and teaches a lesson about bullying in the process. (but this bit from Amazon adds more flavor: Missy loves her librarian, Miss Brooks. And she loves to go to Miss Brooks’ before-school story time. But to get to Story Nook, she has to pass Billy Toomey’s house—and she does not love Billy Toomey. )
I like this book because: it’s a great resource for helping a child deal with bullies in a creative way. AND it explains what makes a good story in a very simple manner, easy for any one of any age to understand, without pressure or bopping over the head with pedagogy! And I adore Emberley’s genius when it comes to expression, whether it be in the face or posture – he hits the mark every time!
Resources/activities: WIY (Write It Yourself): This is the best picture book I’ve read that can not only lead comprehension for a creative writing unit for the early elementary grades, it excites!; Make puppets to tell your own stories; discuss creative ways to deal with bullies.
For more PPBF selections including resources and activities for parents, educators and gift-givers, go to the participating bloggers’ list at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog – HERE
Today is also my father’s 86th birthday! I am lucky to have the chance to celebrate with him, so I won’t be responding to comments until later (unless he takes a nap!).
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>.