PPBF: Super Manny Cleans Up!

EC9BDDF8-4ECB-4D25-A366-5356CBF6A0CFAuthor: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrator:
Stephanie Graegin
Publisher:
Atheneum, 2018
Age: 4
-8
Themes: environment, friendship, apathy
Opening: Every weekend, Manny and Gertie put on their capes and saved the planet from danger.

A309CACC-2D14-4FCB-B643-14150E603FFDSummary: (from my library catalog) Manny and his friend Gertie join forces to clean up their local park–because every superhero needs a planet worth saving.

BA37D3A7-7694-4ABF-84E6-CA9FB060AD79I like this book because: it has such an important and urgent message for kids, that they too can be engaged and do something important or even just something they are passionate about, despite being ‘just’ a kid. The illustrations are warm and endearing, and are unique in the ability to distinguish between the real and imaginary world without skipping a beat.

F3AB9615-A300-4550-AE79-036D31F7DB4AResources/activities: Start a clean-up/trash pick-up action in your community, even just around the house or school; discuss responsibility towards others, the environment and what issues bother you right now. What can you do about them?

725649DD-A12A-415B-8650-7FCEDF27204BFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE.

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PPBF: Backyard Fairies

5DECD977-B09B-4521-ACB1-275FB8862EBFAuthor/Illustrator: Phoebe Wahl
Publisher: Knopf, 2018
Age: 3-7
Themes: stories in rhyme, fairies, gardens
Opening: Have you ever found, while out on your own…a tiny, magical somebody’s home?

35815E14-A32E-47A2-8F04-24EF7A4FFAB1Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A girl searches for fairies in her backyard and the woods beyond, following little clues and traces of magic. Fairies and other magical creatures can be found on every page, hidden among the flowers, trees and pebbles. But although readers can see them, the girl keeps searching, just one step behind… In the end, it is clear (both to the girl and readers) that there is magic all around, even when it’s hidden in plain sight.

7058DB3F-6DB5-481D-B5FE-D52E897A7274I like this book because: after a blizzard on Wednesday (they called it a bomb cyclone – it was bad, I don’t mean to joke!), I realized that I am more than ready for lush grean foliage and the magic of finding ANYTHING in my backyard! Already a big fan of Wahl’s art, I did not need convincing, but this is a very sweet story of discovery – and a perfect read, any time!

9417C055-B345-4153-8BFD-B58F66004C04Resources/Activities: build a fairy garden, a house, a spot in your own yard, and if you don’t have a yard of your own, build one in a public space. And if weather does not yet allow you to get started, design one!

D194DFD2-9AB9-4F9E-A3A6-5D2CF8D01681For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

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PPBF: Good Night Sleep Tight

1AD97AD2-0B67-4980-88A3-D467A87ADBF4Author/Illustrator: Kristina Andres
Publisher: Gecko Press, 2018; orig. publ. In German in 2017, Nun schlaft mal schön!
Age: 4-8
Themes: bedtime stories, friendship
Opening: Fox and Rabbit lived quite far away, in a bright little house beyond the molehills.

B83C858D-B94A-4F03-A1A3-BD21CAA9B23CSummary: (from my library’s catalog) Heartwarming stories of friendship, fun and going to bed” – That was tooo short…but still true!

EB85F831-04A4-44D5-9AF9-14E7B0BB4FD8I like this book because: it‘s so cute! I need to invite another 5 year old for a read-in. I say ‘another’ because on the inside I am still 5! Just wanna hug all these characters too! Also celebrating female bookmakers this Women’s History Month! See my illustration celebrations on Instagram – HERE

7E6009FB-31DA-418E-9670-93ADC074564DResources/Activities: Don’t wait for the other 5 yr old to come over, just READ. Make a fort – yes, even if you are an adult. Include a sturdy lamp or excellent flashlight, a few fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, and your favorite beverage with cookies (milk for me!).EC16E73C-4DCE-4DEA-8954-6AA46FC86DECFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

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PPBF: Edwardo the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World

9C10149F-AE67-43EA-883D-A4ED40AED3C2Author/Illustrator: John Burningham
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Age: 4-8
Themes: behavior, interpersonal relationships
Opening: Edwardo was an ordinary boy.

E90E46B7-C90B-4F5C-B7E7-B3F027A1FF4DSummary: (from my library’s catalog) Each time he does something a little bit bad, Edwardo is told that he is very bad and soon his behavior is awful, but when he accidentally does good things and is complimented, he becomes much, much nicer.

4F216E12-1C56-4F28-A75A-D89562408B06I like this book because: it‘s a good reminder for us all, and unfortunately we need reminders. I was really lucky to be able to attend (for free through my library) a talk called, An Open Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Close, with Dr. Steve Robbins. And in the very same vein this book addresses our biases, how easily we form them, adapt to other people‘s biases and how easily we can change them – if we make the effort. Every elementary classroom should have this book and others like it. Also, the author, one of my favorites, recently passed away, and I am rereading as much of his work as I can get a hold of. RIP, John Burningham.

BB966D8F-88D0-4E0B-967A-4DCEAF26952FResources/Activities: do yourself a favor and read more Burningham, like The Shopping Basket, or Would You Rather, or perhaps one of the books I mention in this post about Burningham

B57BBA4D-9C9D-4DFF-AD6F-561D9A79C057For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

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PPBF: Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever

29E7344E-406B-4FDC-B643-40D76A24DE5AAuthor/Illustrator: Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher: Harper, 2019
Age: 4-8
Themes: birthdays, parties, animals
Opening: Some days feel like complete disasters. You feel turned upside down, and it seems impossible anything good can happen.

307EA56D-8553-4693-989B-D0EDFEDCCDCESummary: (from my library’s catalog) Lonely seven-year-old Harold Phillip Snipperpot is excited when his parents, not known for their affection, throw him a birthday party attended exclusively by animals, but things take a turn when his guests start destroying the house, forcing Harold to try and save his party from calamity with surprising results.

3307DA77-1AE4-4CFC-AA4A-282642D8369AI like this book because: I love the underlying theme: sometimes unimaginable disaster can spark positive change. Adults are far more frightened of change or the unknown than children are, and I love how this book bursts through to prove it! Oh, and by the way, the illustrations are exquisite.

0C816DEE-7765-4083-8D87-30F499BE2EEEResources/Activities: Watch this interview with Beatrice Alemagna; discuss experiences where one may have thought the worst had happen while going through it, yet some outcome or change might have had positive aspects – like missing a bus and therefore an important appointment, but bumping into an old friend because you missed the bus!; visit the zoo for a ‘safe’ encounter with animals spotted in this book; think about what kind of animals you would like to invite to your own birthday!

3A0B7762-EB15-4FA4-8552-D997C39760E3For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

PPBF: Beyond the Fence

AD8F2CE1-E5A7-44CC-B708-D7321C65E257Author/Illustrator: Maria Gulemetova
Publisher: Kane Miller, 2018
Age: Child’s Play Int’l., 3-8
Themes: pigs, friendship, freedom
Opening: Thomas talked a lot. And Piggy had to listen.

C89384BB-173F-4F4D-8CB1-F261D7F2C879Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Piggy and Thomas live in a large house. Thomas knows exactly what Piggy needs until a chance meeting with a wild pig changes everything: Piggy finds out what lies beyond the fence.

2CC3231D-5DFE-48EB-A345-C73647D171F6I like this book because: there are so many picturebooks about the importance and joy of friendship, but this book takes us beyond. What happens when friendship disappoints, saddens, and hurts us. It touched my heart profoundly, and I wanted to share it as close to valentine‘s day as possible, because not all relationships deserve to be celebrated.

A5CE1D35-A664-4F97-A743-00C4DACF5510Resources/Activities: discuss what is important in a friendship and what is not, do friendships take work and why? What makes a good friend? Look around and let your friends know you care and appreciate them.

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PPBF: I Wish I Was Sick, Too!

DAD32252-B0C8-4BB4-B872-F08E63D0CB1FAuthor: Franz Brandenburg
Illustrator:
Aliki
Publisher:
The New York Review, 2018 (originally 1976)
Age:
3-7
Themes: envy, cats, illness
Opening: Edward was sick..

073BA0D0-B9AB-4B4F-BD0C-1C62DB090371Summary: (from my library catalog) Elizabeth envies her brother the pampered treatment he gets when he is sick in bed. Then she gets sick too..

BF4C5171-E37C-424C-96D0-99DBC48B159AI like this book because: maybe it’s just that it reminds me of my own childhood, or maybe because the sweetmness of the story is ageless, but both the simplicity of the story and it’s very caring nature paired with adorable, emotion-packed illustrations feels just right! Perfect read for the nose-blowing season and “to pass the time.”

942A656E-A875-4EA7-AB5B-723C76CD3620Resources/Activities: role play: this was one of my favorite activities with my older sister (maybe because she got to play the patient!); I played the nurse, and mostly what I did was prepare her a meal in bed and just get her whatever she needed (wanted!).

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PPBF: The Holes In Your Nose

129f7bec-6f2a-4382-ab97-e661df7485edAuthor/Illustrator: Genichiro Yagyu
Publisher: Kane Miller, 1994 (orig. publ. by  Fukuinshan  Schoten, Han no Ana no hanashi)
Age: 3-8
Themes: noses, human body, circles
Opening: The holes in my nose are bigger than hers.

2cb795cb-09b1-43f4-ae5a-a8661d5087c2Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Discusses the various shapes of nostril in humans and animals, their use in breathing and the sense of smell, nosebleeds, the effect of colds, the anatomy of the inside of the nose, and related subjects.

18edbe63-c372-4c6c-be83-193c52a0e16dI like this book because: of that cover!!! On sale at the library (used book sale) and I had to have it! Lucky me! Beautifully illustrated in an extremely simple and oh-so-clever manner – AND informative! Can hardly wait to share it with my storytime gang!

42b944dc-f4d8-4bad-b847-04b34127c321Resources/Activities: read this other book I found, which must be part of a series: The Gas We Pass, by Shinto Cho (image below), and any other simple books about bodily functions; create a self-portrait body-map by tracing a child on a large piece of newsprint or cardboard and fill in the rest.

c8505b24-3941-49ff-8dcd-bb81cb201dfcFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

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PPBF: The Town of Turtle

46fcc74a-cd65-4974-9c28-338c50a7f71eAuthor: Michelle Cuevas
Illustrator: 
Catia Chien
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
Age:
3-7
Themes: loneliness, home, community
Opening: Turtle lived in a part of the world as empty as a bird’s nest in December.

be92df2b-9ca3-41d9-884a-d0d609bed18fSummary: (from my library catalog) Lonely Turtle’s only friend is his shadow until he decides to build a deck, then a garden, then houses and other buildings until, while he naps, new friends arrive.

8378fcd6-ba06-4892-a7e0-b311cd788871I like this book because: when I think of the things that compel me to pick up a book usually one element suffices (Easy to please? Not really). This one offered three on the cover alone: the intriguing title, the name of an illustrator I already admire, and the cover design and rendering itself. And I was not disappointed by anything I found inside. A beautifully, poetically, and perfectly told story (that opening line!), artwork that makes me wish Catia Chien could render my dreams, and the whole of it is what makes this so stellar. And believe it or not, I have not even included the most mesmerizing spreads!

be647131-c9cb-463a-92ce-e469f193cf91Resources/Activities: design your own dream home including anything you want; discuss the importance of community and friendships in your neighborhood; think about neighbors who you have not yet met, who might need some help, or a new friend; have a neighborhood tea party!

05766cab-e1a6-4972-ad0e-44fdd759a664For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Our Car

BCC3A07E-CBC6-453F-BE02-2644E9E80458Author: J.M. Brum
Illustrator: 
Jan Bajtlik
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook Press, 2018
Age: 
2-6
Themes: cars, toys, imagination
OpeningOur car is as red as a fire engine.

6B86FB8E-9A9C-4415-9EDB-EB75D493BEE0Summary: (from my library catalog) A child describes the family car, which is as red as a fire engine, and is driven by his father through wind, snow, and all seasons.

45025787-AFDD-475F-967C-610229365D8BI like this book because: It’s so simple (yeah, you know me!), fun, elegant and a great aid in teaching small bodies with big minds about reading pictures! I brought this book to my regular coffee date with ‘old’ folks (me and my friends!) and everyone picked it up to look at of their own accord, laughed, smiled, and said, “So cute!” Perfect holiday gift for a young friend. And yes, Virginia, even grown-ups enjoy great picture books!

2AC128D6-0224-47F3-97CC-DF1F0C2EF43EResources/Activities: draw with oil pastels on dark paper for a night-time ‘ride’; recreate the car images with chalk on sidewalks; act out the story with toy cars; make a map on a large piece of paper where your toy cars can roam; create your own toy car out of a cardboard box and ‘race’ your friends!

84FC066F-BA5D-4A6A-8D47-008ADEC0FA69For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.