Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Don't miss these! A spotlight on some amazing picture books - 4.06.21

Some amazing picture books have popped out of my pile in the last couple of weeks.  I've had stacks to go through (it's amazing how books just pile up when you're not looking).  Here are some that you simply cannot miss.  I'm sure I have more in the remaining stacks!

Watercress by Andrea Wang
written by Andrea Wang
illustrated by Jason Chin
I've heard about this book for some time and it did not disappoint.  It is fabulous.
Wang captures the essence of being a kid, of being told to do something that may embarrass you, and of this constant need to fit in.  In this story, it's fitting in with American culture, because your own heritage is different.  This would be a great picture book to read before starting Kelly Yang's Front Desk series.  
Share this book widely this year!

The Water Lady by Alice B. McGinty
The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation
by Alice B. McGinty
illustrations by Shonto Begay
How many of us take running and flushing water for granted?  There are still places in the United States where running water is not found in every household.  Darlene Arviso, a citizen of the Navajo Nation is helping families on the Navajo reservation with obtaining water.  Pair this one with Carole Lindstrom's We Are Water Protectors for more water awareness.

Something's Wrong! by Jory John
Something's Wrong! A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear
written by Jory John
illustrated by Erin Kraan
I don't know about you, but this has been a tough year.  So when I get the chance to laugh, it does help lighten things, even if it's just for a moment.
This book will certainly make you laugh, and make you want to share this book with many many other readers.
Jeff the Bear has received a gift from his grandma and he's getting ready to go out in the woods.  As he comes across some other woodland creatures, he feels like something might just be a little off, but he can't figure out what it is.  It's when he talks to a trusted friend that he figures out it's the underwear he's wearing.  Animals don't need underwear.... or do they??

The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken
the tree in me
by Corinna Luyken
I ADORE Corinna Luyken's illustrations, and this one is just beautiful.  A perfect book to share this spring as it celebrates the pairing of nature and humans and the interconnectedness of the two.  Pair this one with Maria Gianferrari's Be a Tree!

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen
The Rock From the Sky
by Jon Klassen
Klassen and his perfectly placed and drawn eyes!!!  They have a whole new meaning in this hilarious, laugh-out-loud chapter book.  Thank goodness there are multiple stories in this picture book because one would just not be enough.  Three animal friends, a rock, and a giant eye.  Five chapters.  Lots of laughs.  Enjoy!!
Publishes April 13th.

Happy picture book reading!

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