Another tough week to find time to read. I squeezed most of these picture books in on Sunday night! I have quite a few more picture books to read and I always have more chapter books and I even have some adult reads waiting for me. I need to find a way to not sleep!
I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
I thought this book was hard to rate. I really wanted to like it. It had a sweet character and I liked the story ok, but I thought the central message, while a good one, could be easily misinterpreted by a younger audience.
Telephone by Mac Barnett
Very cute story about birds telling each other, one at a time, a message to pass on to the younger bird.
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
How can you not love a book that exclaims on the opening page, "I love art! It's my imagination on the outside." That line grabbed my attention and my heart, and I knew it was a book I would love! I love the characters - Louise and her passion, Art and his desire to please his sister, and the cat who knows how to own a pose! Kids will love this book!
Patient for Pumpkins by Linda L. Knoll
Primary teachers will want to see this book! Teaching the life cycle of a pumpkin compared to other fruits and vegetables sold in a farmer's market in a narrative style. A young boy is excited to get a pumpkin, but must be patient for fall's arrival. The far left side of the page shows what a pumpkin is doing during that month the boy visits the market. For example, when the boy visits in July, the cutaway shows the pumpkin plant flowering and a bee pollinating it.
I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein
Use this for point of view. Use as a mentor text - have students write from another point of view!
Wordless Picture Books
The Girl and the Bicycle and The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett
I really enjoyed both books, but I thought The Girl and the Bicycle had a better story to follow. I think The Girl would be a great book to use when taking about characters. I liked the beginning and end of The Boy, those parts brought the idea of the book together.
Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
Fantastic middle grade read. Your heart will break for Ben and you'll want to open your arms to Ben's family and help them out. You heart breaks for Ben not only because of the things he has to deal with, but because you know there are kids out there today dealing with these issues: the death of a parent, wondering where your parent is going to get the money for the rent, and clothes and food, and in Ben's case, toilet paper, dealing with a loved one who is going through memory loss, the ups and downs of friendship and the worst, peer bullying. Ben goes through all of this with a grace that you wish you had an ounce of, to get you through situations that don't seem quite as bad as Ben's. Gephart has captured the feeling of loss but having just enough hope to get you through.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
I've been reading this for a couple of weeks now, but I'm going to have to finally finish this beautifully written book this week!
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. Can't wait to really dig in.