PPBF: Frida and Bear Play the Shape Game!

Author-Illustrator: Anthony Browne
: Hanne Bartholin
Publisher: Candlewick, 2015
Themes: drawing, shapes, imagination

Opening: see spread above.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Frida and Bear love to draw. When Bear runs out of ideas, Frida suggests they play the shape game.

I picked this book because: School has started in my district and one of the things I often felt got left behind was prioritizing creativity (I could go on for hours on this subject!), so I chose this book to help foster it, esp at the beginning of the year when some young people are feeling anxious – and for those that are not yet ready for a school environment this is a great activity that can be done anywhere!

Resources/activities: read then play the shape game! Watch this TED talk from Sir Ken Robinson:

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

PPBF: Circle, Triangle, Elephant

CTEcoverAuthor: Kenji Oikawa
Illustrator: Mayuko Takeuchi
Publisher: Phaidon, 2017; orig.: Bunkeido Co., 2008
Age: 1-4
Themes: shapes, surprises, concept books
Opening: (see image below)CTE1.jpg

Summary: (from my library catalog) Circle, triangle … elephant!? A big book of shapes, with a bit of silliness mixed in.

CTE2Why I like this book: I love how simple this book for the very young is, yet how much gentle humor is incorporated. I have been reading a lot more board books since I started doing storytime in the bookstore where I work, and get very excited when I find a simple book with more to it. Could be my favorite so far this year!

CTE3.jpgResources/Activities: create a shape-game and have kids can shout out the shape or object you hold up, in groups of three, repeating in ever faster succession. I bet there will be lots of laughs too!

CTE4.pngFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

And a little good news via scbwi this morning!!! I posted the image a few weeks ago HERE