Summary: (from my library catalog) Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do.
Why 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!
Resources/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.
This selection is one of seven finalists for fiction picture books, and I am a participating judge for round 2. Which means I have to read them. Tough work, huh? For information on the Cybils Awards,click HERE
Author: Richard T. Morris Illustrator:Tom Lichtenheld Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2014 Ages: 3-6yrs (according to Amazon, but I think it’s for kids a tad older) Themes: documentary films, moose, animal behavior Opening: This is a moose – take one! This is the Mighty Moose. His father is a moose. His mother is a moose Summary: (from my library catalog) Director Billy Waddler is trying to film a documentary about moose, but the moose in question has no intention of spending his life in the woods and his animal friends, who have dreams of their own, help him prove his point.
I like this book because: it’s funny! My critique partner brought it to share and we all had a good laugh reading it! How could you not enjoy a moose who dreams beyond other’s expectations? The ink, gouache and colored pencil illustrations are stunning – perfect for an ‘outdoor documentary’! I’ve seen a number of moose here in Colorado, but never ran into one with a good sense of humor.
Resources/activities: this is a great companion read for a unit on animal behavior; make a class documentary with a storyboard depicting animal behavior – or get silly and dream up goals of your own for the animals.
For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE
Welcome to Design of the Picture Book! I'm Carter Higgins, and I'm a writer and librarian for kids. I spent a spectacular stint as the Children's Book Editor at <a href="http://www.designmom.com/">Design Mom</a> which I loved! You can find my column <a href="http://www.designmom.com/category/childrens-lit/">here</a>.<br /> I'm a K-6 librarian, a former-ish graphic designer, an SCBWI member, and a huge fan of words and pictures.<br /> Represented by <a href="http://www.rpcontent.com/">Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC</a>.