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My Current Favorite Picture Books

May 12, 2022

Each of these books touched my heart in different ways. They are well worth reading and sharing.

Once Upon a Forest

A beautifully illustrated, wordless book about two friends, a marmot and a bird, who work diligently to bring back the forest that has been destroyed by a wildfire. Day after day, season after season, they continue digging and planting little trees. Slowly, the trees reclaim their place in the forest. This is a perfect book to elicit discussions about protecting our natural resources and taking care of our earth.

Out of a Jar

Llewellyn is a bunny who doesn’t know what to do with feelings he doesn’t like. So, he puts them in a jar “and that was that.” But when there’s no more room in the jars, his feelings burst forth. Like the shattered jars, Llewellyn is broken. Eventually, he finds relief as he slowly learns how to “muster up the courage to feel them” and let his emotions go. Another perfect book for children who are having difficulty dealing with emotions and learning how to manage them. 

Eyes that Speak to the Stars

This is a companion book to Eyes that Kiss in the Corners. Beautiful lyrical language tells the story of a young Asian boy who is upset when a classmate draws a picture of him with lines as eyes. His father comforts the boy by having them look at their eyes in a mirror and saying, “Your eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars…,” letting his son know that his eyes are special. This phrase is repeated throughout the book as the boy notices the similarities in his father, grandfather, and little brother’s eyes. Not only does he see the resemblances, but he comes to realize that their eyes are visionary and powerful. The captivating illustrations match the beauty of the words.

Brilliant Bea

Imagination plus dyslexia equals what? Bea! She is a little girl who has good intentions to learn, but her brain doesn’t listen which frustrates Bea. Luckily, Bea’s teacher encourages and supports her learning style. She gives Bea a recorder to tape her creative stories. Suddenly, Bea’s classmates listen to her stories and see a whole new person. Bea discovers “Learning differently wasn’t something to be afraid of anymore…” This is a great book to be shared with students who have dyslexia, learning challenges, and other students to help them understand that learning has its difficulties for everyone.
Back matter on dyslexia is included.


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