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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.

Earth Day and Poetry

April 19, 2018

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd, and this is National Poetry Month. I thought it would be fun to celebrate books that combine poetic text and environmental themes. Take a look.

woods

A Walk Through the Woods written by Louise Greig and illustrated by Helen Musselwhite, Sterling Children’s Books, 2018

earth

Earth Verse  Haiku from the Ground Up written by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by William Grill, Candlewick Press, 2018

tomatoes

When Green Becomes Tomatoes written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad, Roaring Brook Press, 2016

snnow

Best in Snow written by April Pulley Sayre and photographs by April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane Books, 2016.

underground

Thunder Underground written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse, Wordsong, 2017

planted

We Planted a Tree written by Diane Muldrow and illustrated by Bob Staake, Dragonfly Books, 2016

water

Water Is Water written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin, Roaring Brook Press, 2015

This year’s Earth Day campaign is End Plastic Pollution. Here’s a book you won’t want to miss.

plastic

One Plastic Bag written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, Millbrook Press, 2015

 

 

Earth Day 2017

April 20, 2017

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” ~Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson, a popular political figure from Wisconsin, is the founder of Earth Day. He had the foresight to understand the need to protect our environment. On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans gathered to raise awareness about our environmental problems and demand that our elected officials see the necessity to do something about it.

This Saturday, April 22nd, we continue to celebrate Earth Day. The theme of this year’s event is Environmental and Climate Literacy.

Below are selected picture books to share with young readers to help them become more knowledgeable about our environment and to encourage them to take care of our earth’s precious gifts.

tidy

Tidy written and illustrated by Emily Gravett, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

watersong

Watersong written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Richard Smythe, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

giant

The Lonely Giant written and illustrated by Sophie Ambrose, Candlewick Press

pond

Over and Under the Pond written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, Chronicle Books

bag

One Plastic Bag: IsatouCeesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, Millbrook Press

wangari

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter, Harcourt Children’s Books

green

What Does It Mean To Be Green? written by Rana DiOrio and illustrated by Chris Blair, March 4th Inc

garden

The Curious Garden written and illustrated by Peter Brown, Little, Brown Young Readers

lorax

The Lorax written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, Random House Children’s Books

stew

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth written by Mary McKenna Siddals and illustrated by Ashley Wolff, Tricycle Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Day – April 22

April 14, 2016

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Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd. We have been given a precious gift. To continue to enjoy all of Earth’s treasures, we should make it a point to celebrate Earth Day every day.

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. Its founder was U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin. You can find more about the history of Earth Day here, and check here for some great Earth Day activities for families. Below are a few of the outstanding books that are ideal for parents and teachers to share with children in celebration of Earth Day. 

Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World written by Laurie Lawlor and illustrated by Laura Beingessner, Holiday House

Water Is Water A Book about the Water Cycle written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin, Roaring Book Press

One Plastic Bag Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, Millbrook Press

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” ~Chief Seattle

S is for Save the Planet written by Brad Herzog and illustrated by Linda Holt Ayriss, Sleeping Bear Press

If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor, Henry Holt & Company

Miss Maple’s Seeds written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, Nancy Paulsen Books

“Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” ~Evo Morales

 


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