PPBF: This Beautiful Day

ThisBeautifulDayCoverAuthor: Richard Jackson
Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Publisher: Atheneum, 2017
Age: 3-7
Themes: internal rhyme, rain, play
OpeningThis beautiful day…has everyone dancing and spinning and swinging around, has all of us stamping and stomping our feet on the ground.

ThisBeautifulDayendpapers.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) Undaunted by the rainy weather, three children take their happiness outside and seem to chase the clouds away as they jump, skip, and dance together.

ThisBeautifulDay2.jpgI like this book because: Especially living in an arid climate, in the semi-desert steppe of northern Colorado, I LOVE RAINY DAYS! I didn’t love them so much when I lived in a moist and often cloudy semi-valley (I just made that up!) in northern Germany! I love the multi-media use of pencil, acrylic, and digital in these energetic illustrations and lyrical, rhyming, read-aloud-timing text.

ThisBeautifulDay5Resources/Activities: come up with four fun things you can do on a rainy day – one for each season, and get whatever materials you need for your plans and put them in a box…for a rainy day! Decorate that Rainy Day Box now, or save that activity for…you guessed it!

 

ThisBeautifulDay6.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE. And right now she is hosting The 3rd Annual Valentiney Writing Contest – HERE

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PPBF: I Moved My Hand

IMovedMyHandcover.pngAuthor: Jorge Luján
Illustrator: Mandana Sadat
Publisher: Groundwood, 2014
Age: 3-7
Themes: imagination, bilingual books,
OpeningMoví la mano y encontré u coco. I moved my hand and I found a coconut.

I Moved My Hand2Summary: (from my library catalog)When a little girl moves her hand, she changes the world as she discovers it. As she moves her known world, she discovers her own power and creates everything anew. The poem, written by Argentine poet Jorge Luján, comes from a culture saturated with magic, in which even the very young can make the world by reaching out and moving it. Mandana Sadat’s imaginative illustrations deepen and enrich the text.

I Moved My Hand3.jpgI like this book because: I just spoke with a friend about how we need to keep in mind the ripple effect of our own choices on the rest of the world. This is the perfect compliment to that conversation in a world saturated with bad news, and hopefully an inspiration and reminder to send positive ripples out to affect others in a positive way.

I Moved My Hand4Resources/Activities: Do something for nothing! Get inspired by Joshua Coombes, StreetVet (image below), refuaid, or others near you!

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For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE. And right now she is hosting The 3rd Annual Valentiney Writing Contest – HERE

PPBF: In the Forest

35ABB5D8-D436-4C64-8994-B2D90CF240ACAuthor/Illustrator: Marie Hall Ets
Publisher: originally by The Viking Press, 1944
Age: 2-5
Themes: linear stories, animals, imagination

89A7D0D1-A51C-4406-9211-41A590CF69E5Opening: I had a new horn and a paper hat and I went for a walk in the forest.

F01C3191-CAF8-4E6F-990D-2460B692AACF.jpegSummary: (from my library catalog) The animals join a young boy as he walks through the forest blowing his new horn.

8C4D3BA5-EA81-4438-BD15-7AAE90E93088Why I like this book: I love old gems, and especially ones that are so still absolutely perfect for reading to toddlers. It really is not that easy to find titles that can bridge the gap in ages (0-4) of the attendees to my storytime sessions in the bookstore where I work. I might be able to make a book work, but when I don’t have to subtract or embellish, beyond my own dramatic interpretation (!), well, that’s a sign of picture book genius! And I am not the only one who noticed, it is a Caldecott Honor Book too!

51C66848-FE71-406A-89E4-602F1993DC96.jpegResources/Activities: stage an “In the Forest” parade; play the games mentioned in the book: London Bridge is Falling Down, Drop-the-Handkerchief, and Hide-and-Seek; have a picnic, just like the book!

20F0F066-C443-4BAD-B7F7-7607488FE27F.jpegFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Meet the Parents

28064B5D-C96F-49CF-8E12-CC7DA68341DDAuthor: Peter Bently
Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2014
Age: 4-8
Themes: parent-and-child, family, stories in rhyme
Opening: Sometimes you think that your mom and your dad are there just to nag you and boss you like mad.

D99449B3-0417-44FB-B7B8-24BC4E84124FSummary: (from my library catalog) Although it sometimes seems that parents are just there to boss their children around, they are also good for many other things, from mending toys, kneecaps, and clothing to telling bedtime stories.

BF19CD47-5251-40AF-8493-B67EA71F5966.jpegI like this book because: it’s a silky-smooth read aloud that will amuse the parents or caretakers as much as children. The illustrations are light and playful, yet Ogilvie has managed to pack so much emotion and tenderness into each and every face and posture!

931DF10D-F8E7-4D91-B18A-CD80F573FE18Resources/Activities: make Valentine cards of appreciation for your parents or caretakers, especially if any of the text should ring true to you!

CE5A75D5-58C3-410C-A026-854B904F0E15.jpegFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

 

PPBF: A Song About Myself

C91C4CEB-6416-40CF-B5F7-E1268B459337Author: John Keats
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publisher: Candlewick, 2017
Age: 4-8
Themes: poetry, identity, art
Opening: “1. The was a naughty Boy,”

4E1C54F7-8DAE-4437-B842-33720CD1459DSummary: (from my library catalog) As written in a letter to his young sister when he was feeling homesick on a visit to Scotland, this little-known poem by the beloved poet is filled with playful rhymes that are complemented in this volume by vibrant, energetic watercolors.

15F4960D-6520-407C-B171-BE5E19E1AE76I like this book because: The visuals got me – the loose and lovely style of Chris Raschka that floats my boat, the layout (I don’t talk about book design as much as I should!), the format, and the magical humor of Keats’ wordery.

8FCD961F-3AF4-4937-A0D0-FD79E969DBE6.jpegResources/Activities: make a list of everyday objects that help define you and write poems; what would a song about yourself be like? what bird might sing it?

0B6A189A-A8B5-4E59-8D3A-4BADAB8C3C13.jpegFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

 

PPBF: Polo and the Dragon

Sorry I didn’t have this post ready bright and early, but I took the opportunity to help a friend today knowing you’d all be patient!

The winner of a signed copy of BAGEL IN LOVE is Gabi Snyder! I’ll be trying to contact you, Gabi, but if you see this first, send me your postal address via email (on my About Me page).

23AF420D-C4F2-406B-9010-723EA43DC087Author/Illustrator: Régis Faller
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2003
Age: 3-6
Themes: weather, animals, friendship.

446F90E2-C3C0-4F89-95F5-B6B619D4AAFDOpening: see photo below

0440F6AF-1542-4186-81F2-A391C7D2385E.jpegSummary: (from my library catalog) In this wordless picture book, Polo the dog becomes trapped in the ice and snow while out sailing one day, but a friendly dragon helps him escape..

33994AD9-B436-4E3F-BBC5-8B544E734E6D.jpegWhy I like this book: It’s so cute! I like the sweet simplicity of the renderings, the color palette, and format. It’s a little huggable, and I’d like more people to know about this series. Just last month my friend and critique partner, Ann Kelley introduced me to this Polo book on her blog HERE. Unfortunately I could not get hold of a different title, so I am posting about the same one, but here’s a LINK to find more in the series.

44EEF860-2DD8-479B-B92E-1A48532A648A.jpegResources/Activities: Imagine you’re stuck with the same problem as Polo: what would you do to solve it? Go to the author’s page for coloring sheets: HERE. Also, be sure to check out Ann’s suggestions HERE.

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PPBF: Bagel in Love *Giveaway

BagelInLovecover.jpgAuthor: Natasha Wing
Illustrator:
Helen Dardik
Publisher:
Sterling, 2018
Age:
3-8
Themes:
romance, dance, pastries
Opening:
Bagel loved to dance. It made him happier than a birthday cake!

BagelInLoveendpapers.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) Bagel wants to compete in a dance contest, but everyone from Pretzel to Croissant turns him down until, at last, shy and lovely Cupcake agrees to be his partner..

BagelInLove1.jpgI like this book because: it’s a buttered-up romance sprinkled with pastry puns, and garnished with delectable characters! Just right for foodies young and old, and all the sweettooths inbetween! Mary Berry would agree, “It’s a good bake!”

BagelInLovebackResources/Activities: learn a few dance steps, or go all out and take a swing lesson; bake cupcakes and/or bagels; try to come up with your own pastry puns!

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On display at Old Firehouse Books

Check out Natasha’s dress, made especially to celebrate this book!

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Designer: Cameron Utter; Embroidery: Roxanne Storlie; Photo: Scott Olds

*Enter to win a signed copy! Leave a comment below, but for fun please share your favorite bagel or bagel topping! Open to residents of North America. All comments counted until midnight on 1/17/18. 

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

PPBF: Where‘s Halmoni?

F699B63E-8F64-4356-991E-EE17E568AE95.jpegAuthor/Illustrator: Julie Kim
Publisher: Little Bigfoot, 2017
Age: 4-8
Themes: siblings, animals, Korean folktale characters

 

1246E859-B42A-429D-8F06-B616576C1FBAOpening: Halmoni! We are here!

AA8E112C-15AE-4A24-BD76-02E467FCF831Summary: (from my library catalog) Searching for their missing grandmother, two Korean children follow tracks into a fantastic world filled with beings from folklore who speak in Korean. Includes translations and information about the folkloric characters.

427DF8C0-0530-4F49-8E2B-73C36C30BC13Why I like this book: It’s bright, culture- and adventure-packed! This is exactly the kind of book I would have poured over as a kid, looking for the unfamiliar and trying to make sense of it, be it language, gesture, or physical elements. There is a bit of mystery on every beautifully rendered and composed page!

56467CB1-98CE-44BA-B298-E2A8D419A8BE.jpegResources/Activities: read other Korean folktale picture books – HERE is a list; what folktale animals do you already know – how do they compare to those in this book; make a Korean meal, like the red bean soup (porridge) the kids smell when they walk into Halmoni’s home.

C273904C-F395-49F5-90E2-D14ED23E2154.jpegFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Illuminature

IlluminatureCover.jpgAuthor: Rachel Williams
Illustrator: Carnovsky (design team)
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions, 2016
Age: 3-8
Themes: color, flora, fauna

Illuminatureendpapers.jpgSummary: (from Amazon) Explore ten of the world’s most diverse environments and reveal their hidden secrets with a magic, three-colored lens that illuminates each page in a kaleidoscope of color.
Discover the dark and mysterious creatures of the night, whose super-sensory powers allow them to live and survive in the shadows, then switch the lens to step into daylight, where the heat of the sun supercharges the secret lives of creatures big and small. Finally, use the third lens to reveal the luscious plant life of every habitat as you travel through a jungle, a reef, grasslands, woodland and uncover a world that never sleeps with Milan-based design-duo, Carnovsky.

Illuminature1.jpgI like this book because: it’s bright, fun, and a new adventure unfolds on every page! The educational and experimental aspects are multi-layered – I only wish for a second lens so one could explore what happens when you double up the filters! I chose it for the last PPBF pick of  2017 to ring in the new year with a big, bold bang!

Illuminature2.jpgResources/Activities: Honestly, none are necessary due to all that is provided, but why not explore with the lenses around the house or outside, just for the fun of it; go to the library to look for older reference books on flora and fauna to discover the beauty of nature drawings from hundreds of years ago (Maria Sybille Merian is a personal favorite!)

Check out these bold and bright creautures we met on a recent visit to the Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens outside the Glendale Public Library in Arizona (below)

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

PPBF: Cloudette

CloudettecoverAuthor/Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books, 2011
Age: 4-7
Themes: clouds, rain, confidence

Cloudette1Summary: (from my library catalog) Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do.

Cloudette2Why I like this book: Cloudette is adorable! And through the text and illustrations can relay interesting information about what clouds are capable of, as well as what little creatures are also capable of when they set their minds to it!

Cloudette3Resources/Activities: learn what the different shapes of clouds are called and what they are capable of; keep a record of what kinds of clouds you spot when you are out and about; become a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society HERE

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