PPBF: Babies Can Sleep Anywhere & A Winner!

55E3F43F-C5DF-42DD-944D-4DD440FFE8F1.jpegIn honor of Women’s History Month I am focussing on outstanding female authors and/or illustrators. AND in celebration of my 6th BLOGIVERSARY, I will reveal the winner of the GIVEAWAY from last week at the bottom of this post! The winner will receive a picturebook of their choice according to my guidelines.

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43BB20A8-523C-400B-A87D-0C40C9B40797Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Carolina Búzio
Publisher: Abrams, 2017
Age: 0-3
Themes: babies, sleep, animals
Opening: (image below)

91CA5B67-32B1-44E4-A23F-E7E8F67B474C.jpegSummary: (from Amazon) This gentle picture book introduces the sleeping habits of many animals—from puppies to whales—and compares them to the sometimes-unusual habits of human babies. In backpacks, on knees, in cradles or trees, sweet babies can sleep anywhere!

2476F70C-0985-4A93-88C2-DF8D3AEC7437I like this book because: I totally fell for the sweet simplicity of the text and renderings! My toddler-age storytime group delights in bright images that are easy to read visually, something they can connect to on a thematic level, solid and smooth read-alouds – especially in rhyme – and cute baby animals are like frosting on the cake!

4D49BD5C-D155-49F3-A12A-9AA640BD38EF.jpegResources/Activities: where do your readers like to sleep if not in their beds? Share stories of falling asleep in funny places, like a laundry basket!

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

The winner of the BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY is… JILANNE HOFFMANN! Please let me know which book you would like in the comments, and according to the following guidelines: the book has to be written by a woman, and illustrated by a woman (yes, it can be a female author/illustrator!). Congrats, Jilanne!

PPBF: The Pet Project

Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Zachariah Ohora (interview – HERE )
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
Age: 4 – 8 yrs
Themes: pets, animals, stories in rhyme
Opening: Warning! If you’re the type who oohs and aahs at furry faces, precious paws, the words ahead may be alarming: Animals aren’t always charming.
Summary: (from Amazon) Embark on a methodical, meticulous, and hilarious quest for the perfect pet in this wickedly witty cautionary collection of pet poems.

I like this book because… the rhymes are fun, the bold high-contrast illustrations too, but what I really like that this picture book is that it promotes the scientific method, which, in the words of the OED is “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.” Yeah. That. And living close to a university (3 blocks) that has a fantabulous outreach program for science I can’t be happier to find a picture book that may enkindle a wee scientist!

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Resources/Activities: Did you know babies are born scientists? ReadTHIS from the National Science Foundation; or this article on Science in Early Childhood Classroomscheck out Hannah Weight Holt’s AMAZING crafts for kids at Lightbulb Books blog, like this one on earth’s layers.

For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.