Archive for the ‘Picture Books’ category

Goblins, and Ghouls, and Ghosts, Oh My!

October 17, 2019

Halloween is quickly approaching. Get your family in the mood for some yummy treats with these BOOks.

Picture Books

monster academy

Monster Academy written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple and illustrated by John McKinley, The Blue Sky Press, 2018.

Creepy

Creepy Pair of Underwear! written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017.

Pigs

Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat written by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Joyce Wan, Beach Lane Books, 2017.

pomegranite

The Pomegranate Witch written by Denise Doyen and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, Chronicle, 2017.

stumpkin

Stumpkin written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018.

old lady

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd, HarperCollins, 2019.

teeny tiny

A Teeny Tiny Halloween written by Lauren L. Wohl and illustrated by Henry Cole, Persnickety Press, 2016.

Board Books

blue truck

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Bat

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee, Cartwheel Books, 2017.

mouse

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, Balzer + Bray, 2019.

 

 

 

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Sea Cow or Manatee?

October 10, 2019

Is it a sea cow or a manatee? Find out when you read This Is a Sea Cow written and illustrated by Cassandra Federman.

sea cow

A second grader is given a homework assignment to write about a marine mammal she likes. The student chooses a sea cow and proceeds to write facts and draw illustrations. She begins by comparing the sea cow to a land cow. Cassandra Federman’s clever illustrations show the sea cow – who prefers to be called a manatee – using speech bubbles to clarify the facts written by the student. With each page turn, readers see the sea cow’s hilarious personality come to life as the sea cow continues to dispute some of the facts and comparisons the second-grade student is writing and drawing.

This book bursts with clever commentary, interesting facts, and some fascinating back matter. Cassandra Federman has created a delightfully funny book that will hook readers from the beginning.

Beginning Lines that Hook a Reader

October 3, 2019

When it comes to writing, first lines in a book are important. You only have so long to hook a reader before they may decide to choose another book.

Here are some books that hooked me with their first lines.

hey water

Hey, Water! written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

First lines:

Hey, water! I know you!

You’re all around.

This playful and informative book gives readers a look at the importance of water.

marshmallows

Most Marshmallows written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins

First lines:

Most marshmallows don’t grow on trees

or come from storks

or even Mars.

This tasty book is a clever take on life according to marshmallows and how to be true to yourself.

crumugeon

The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon by Matthew Burgess and illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

First lines:

How do you budge

an unbudgeable curmudgeon

who really refuses to budge?

So how do you deal with someone who is a bad mood? You try all sorts of things in this rhythmic tale that takes readers on a bad mood-good-mood journey with a slight twist at the end.

star eater

Nova The Star Eater written by Lindsay Leslie and illustrated by John Taesoo Kim

First Lines:

Nova can’t stop eating. A munch here. A gobble there. A crunch, crunch, crunch.

If you love space, you’ll love reading about Nova’s humongous appetite for stars. But when Nova gulps down the sun, panic ensues.

Check out these books and see if you agree with me.

 

 

 

 

 

MAKING A FRIEND Tammi Sauer’s Way

September 19, 2019

More than anything, Beaver wants a friend, but he doesn’t know how to make one. Things always seem to go wrong. Readers will fall in love with Tammi Sauer’s adorable book, MAKING A FRIEND, that has delightful illustrations created by Alison Friend.

friend

When “an idea fell from the sky” (snow), Beaver goes to work, making a friend. Raccoon happens along, and soon Beaver and Raccoon are working together to make a snowman friend. But something is missing. Pizzazz! Beaver and Raccoon add just the right accessories to create a snowman with pizzazz. Reader’s will love the end result as much as Beaver and Raccoon do. They celebrate their success, but when the snowman doesn’t say anything both are disappointed in their new friend. That’s when they realize that they had fun making a snowman, but the best part was making friends with one another. Clever repartee between Beaver and Raccoon along with bright and colorful illustrations make this story of friendship a perfect book to add to your reading list.

 

BEAR CAME ALONG

September 12, 2019

If you’re looking for a story that has hilarious illustrations and is a delightful tale, BEAR CAME ALONG is the book for you!

bear

Richard T. Morris’ raucous cumulative story begins with a river that “didn’t know it was a river” until Bear comes along and falls into the river. Morris keeps adding animals to Bears’ adventure – Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Raccoons, and Duck. Until…their adventure takes a turn for the worse. In several wordless spreads, the reader sees what looms ahead for the unlikely crew of animals. LeUyen Pham’s colorful illustrations are addictive. Kids will love the animal antics and their facial expressions as they cling to one another and brave the approaching disaster. And all this happened because “the river came along.”

This is a story of friendship and fun that happens when you’re least expecting it. It’s sure to entertain everyone!

WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE

September 5, 2019

Have you ever been scared? What do you do? How do you handle it?

Brave

Pat Zietlow Miller shows us how one little girl overcomes her fear in her picture book WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE.  Miller’s simple text that includes similes speaks to readers. Through the eyes of the little girl, readers are inspired to look deep inside and find the courage to overcome fear. Eliza Wheeler’s accompanying illustrations use dark tones to depict the fear the little girl feels at the beginning of the story. With each page turn, the mood of the story changes. The turning point in the book is expressed beautifully in words and illustrations.

You can make your courage so big it brightens your heart, fills your fingers, and flows to your toes.”

Wheeler’s illustrations become colorful and bright, and Miller’s text circles back to the beginning for a very satisfying ending. This is a perfect book to share with youngsters who may be feeling anxious.

 

 

First Lines in Picture Books

June 27, 2019

First lines in books are extremely important. They provide a hint of what is to come in the pages that follow. They can tell readers who the main character is, what the problem or conflict is, or where the story is taking place. First lines are a golden ticket to a journey through a book.

Let’s take a look at some first lines in picture books.

 

sophieFrom Sophie’s Squash written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

One bright fall day, Sophie choose a squash at the farmer’s market.

Her parents planned to serve it for supper, but Sophie had other ideas.

Here the first lines reveal the time of year, the main character, and the fact that the squash would not be served at supper. What will Sophie do with the squash? Turn the page and read.

 

hedgehogFrom Hedgehog Needs a Hug written and illustrated by Jen Betton

When Hedgehog awoke in his cozy nest, he felt down in the snout and droopy in the prickles. I’ll feel better if I get a hug, he thought.

These first lines introduce us to the main character and his wants and needs. Included in these lines are playful descriptions that will surely delight readers.

 

hatFrom This Is Not My Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

This hat is not mine. I just stole it. 

These are definitely not typical first lines in a story. They elicit surprise and reveal a problem which makes readers want to know what’s going to happen next.

 

house onceFrom A House That Once Was written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith

Deep in the woods

is a house

just a house

that once was

but now isn’t a home.

Here the first lines introduce readers to the setting deep in the woods. In this case, the main character happens to be a house that now “isn’t a home.” These lines create a sense of curiosity. Why isn’t the house a home anymore? What happened? Readers will want to turn the pages to find out more.

 

lighthouseFrom Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

On the highest rock of a tiny island

at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse.

It is built to last forever.

Sending its light out to sea,

guiding the ships on their way.

The first line captures the attention of readers, revealing where this story takes place —”the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world…”  Imagine that! The line, “It is built to last forever,” suggests many keepers of the lighthouse have tended the light, keeping ships safe. As the weather and seasons change, “Hello! …Hello! …Hello!” is repeated throughout the story, inviting readers to learn more about the lighthouse and its inhabitants.

 

When creating your masterpiece, hook readers immediately with your first lines and keep them turning the pages!

 

 

 

 


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