PPBF: I Can Make a Train Noise

Authors and Illustrators: Michael Emberley and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Neal Porter/Holiday House, 2021
Themes: railroad trains, imagination, read-aloud

Opening: see image below.

Summary: (from my library catalog) A girl transforms a cafe into a train by making train noises with words.

I picked this book because: it’s absolutely perfect for storytime! I loved reading books with toddlers/pre-schoolers in the bookstore, but I have not been able to since the pandemic and wow, do I miss it! So this will be on the tippy-top of my list when we start up again! What a fantastic way to engage kids with crescendo/de-crescendo, beautiful visuals, and physical movement! Woohoo!!!

Resources/activities: Turn your classroom or living room into a train! Listen to all different kinds of trains on youtube, HERE; make train crafts like the one below – instructions/suggestions HERE

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

PPBF: Miss Brook’s Story Nook

Brooks' CoverAuthor: 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!).