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My Favorite March Picture Books

March 31, 2022

Choose your favorites

How to Write a Story

With each page turn, readers go through step-by-step instructions on how to write a story. The author accomplishes this in ten easy-to-understand steps. Each one provides suggestions to help the readers and future writers create their own masterpieces. The lively illustrations offer inspiration for readers to get their writing juices flowing. This is a perfect book for students and teachers.

Slug in Love

Simple rhyming text along with playful illustrations tell the story of Doug a slug who needs a hug. Doug is not exactly the most huggable creature until he meets Gail, a snail. Alas, their romance does fail. Then, Doug, the slug meets a bug. Do Doug and the bug become snug as a bug in the rug? You’ll have to read this delightful book to find out.

If You Live Here

What’s it like to live in an unusual place? A spaceship? A burrow? A dollhouse? This book offers all types of imaginative places and what you might have to do if you choose to live there. The whimsical illustrations add to the experience of using imagination to discover what it would be like living in a unique place.

Born on the Water

This is a poignant telling of how 400 years ago Africans were kidnapped by white men and brought to a new land as enslaved people. Written in verse and accompanied by dramatic illustrations that touch the heart, this is a story of hope, strength, and determination for a better life to come.

Chirp!

As night slowly fades away, the birds greet the new day with their songs. As more and more birds join the chorus, the sounds get louder and louder until one small bird hushes them so he, too, can greet the day with his song. Rhyming text and onomatopoeias fill the pages of the book, creating an entertaining experience for readers.

Where is Bina Bear?

Tiny, a rabbit, is having a party for her friend, Bina Bear, but Bina is nowhere to be found. When Tiny finally finds Bina hiding under a grocery bag, Tiny and Bina have a heart-to-heart talk. Bina doesn’t like parties but doesn’t want to disappoint Tiny because Bina likes Tiny. When the guests arrive, Tiny and Bina Bear are nowhere to be found, and that’s just how they like it. Clever illustrations by Mike Curato show Tiny and Bina hiding in plain sight. This is a charming book about shyness, empathy, and friendship.

Tilda Tries Again

Tilda’s world is just right until…it turns upside down. Things suddenly go from easy to hard. Too hard. Tilda gives up and does nothing. When she sees a ladybug stuck on her back. The ladybug keeps trying to turn over with no success. But the ladybug doesn’t give up. She keeps on trying until she achieves success and flies away. Tilda realizes there are times when she must be brave in her topsy-turvy world to make things work. This book addresses facing adversities and trying your best to overcome them.

There’s a Unicorn in Your Book

This interactive book stars a cute unicorn who stopped singing. Worry gremlins are hanging around, and Unicorn needs help from the reader. By following the directions on each page, the reader can make the worry gremlins disappear, and bring Unicorn’s singing back. If unicorns are a favorite thing in your house. This is a book that can be fun for your family.

My Favorite November Picture Book Choices

December 2, 2021

A House written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow Books, 2021

The book begins with an illustration of a house. With each page turn, readers see the house with different seasonal backgrounds. The author uses shapes, colors, time of day, weather, directional words, and questions that a child can easily answer by looking at the illustrations. It’s a wonderful interactive book that ends with a family coming, not to a house, but to a home. 

Change Sings written by Amanda Gorman and illustrated by Loren Long, Viking Books for Young Readers, 2021

A young girl with a guitar strums a song that change is coming. The lyrical text combined with realistic illustrations celebrates how change can happen with simple acts of kindness. As the story grows so does the group of children following the girl. Dreams, hope, and change help make a difference in everyday lives. 

Oh Look, A Cake! written and illustrated by J.C. McKee, Clarion Books, 2021

Sloth and Lemur find a cake and want to invite others for a party. After going through a list of animals and finding excuses why not to invite them, Sloth and Lemur decide to eat the cake by themselves. Tiger appears after the cake is gone and wants to know who ate the birthday cake he made for himself. Sloth and Lemur apologize, but a disappointed Tiger knows exactly how he is going to get it back. A hilarious book!

Bear Is A Bear written by Jonathan Stutzman and illustrated by Dan Santat, Balzer + Bray, 2021

If your child has a favorite stuffed animal, this is a story to love because Bear is always there full of love. When the little girl in the story grows too big for Bear, he is stored away. But all is not what it may seem because “Bear is a bear full of love.” This is a wonderful heartwarming book for all to enjoy.

Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott written by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2021

Unbound is a true story of twins, Joyce and Judith Scott. They were like two peas in a pod – inseparable. When Joyce entered school, Judith was not allowed to go because the school was not equipped to handle Judith’s Down syndrome and deafness. When the girls were eight, Judith was sent to an institution. The twins remained separated for many years until Joyce gained custody of Judith. Joyce brought Judith to her home and enrolled her in the Creative Growth Arts Center in Oakland, CA. Judith thrived there, creating sculptures made of fiber and found objects. Her artistic pieces were soon sought after, being displayed in museums and galleries. By the time of her death, Judith Scott’s work was internationally known. Melissa Sweet’s illustrations pay homage to Judith Scott’s life and art. This is a beautiful book about unconditional love, encouragement, and creativity.


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