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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.

Women’s History Month

March 3, 2022

Welcome to Women’s History Month!

It’s time to celebrate key roles and accomplishments mighty women have played in history.

Check out these awesome picture books to see the difference women have made in the lives of many.

From a Small Seed: The story of Eliza Hamilton Find out how Eliza Hamilton, the wife of Alexander Hamilton, established the first private orphanage in New York City.

Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression Dorothea Lange traveled across America and used her camera to document those most affected by the Great Depression.

What Isabella Wanted: Isabella Stewart Gardner Builds a Museum Isabella Stewart Gardner loved art. She traveled the world, collecting extraordinary art pieces. She displayed them in her home which she eventually turned into a museum to share her collection with the public.

On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life Of Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson, a famous poet, used words that touched and inspired others.

A Voice for the Everglades: Marjory Stoneman Douglas It took the courage of Marjory Stoneman Douglas to speak up to help save the Florida Everglades.

Human Computer: Mary Jackson Engineer Mary Jackson overcame many difficulties to become the first African American engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Ablaze with Color: A story of Painter Alma Thomas Alma Thomas, an exceptional artist, was the first Black woman to have her art chosen for the White House collection.

Revolutionary Prudence Wright: Leading the Minute Women in the Fright for Independence You’ve heard of the minutemen, but what about minute women? Prudence Wright formed a group of “minute women” to fight the British who were threatening her Massachusetts community.

Fight of the Century: Alice Paul Battles Woodrow Wilson for the Vote Alice Paul, leader of the suffragette movement, was a thorn in President Woodrow Wilson’s side as she fought with him to create a new amendment that would allow women the right to vote.

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, A Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion Evelyn Glennie was a musical talent, but when she lost her hearing as a young girl, she didn’t lose her passion to become a musician. Find out how she met the challenge of her hearing loss to create extraordinary music.

Things you can do during Women’s History Month.

Poetry: A Tribute to Friendship & Dictionary for a Better World

April 15, 2021

In my previous blog, I talked about National Poetry Month and included book suggestions to celebrate poetry. That blog inspired my very first best friend to create a poem of her own – an ode to our friendship. It brought back fond memories and touched my heart.

Karen Goelz Rodgers and Me

I met my first friend in Milwaukee
Many long years ago.
The fun we two had,
In olde dresses clad
These two little girls in Milwaukee


We played in the attic
We played in the yard
The old apple tree we did climb
Life back in the day was simply sublime
For the two little girls in Milwaukee

Time went by as time often does
Other friends we both did make
We wed, had families, jobs, and things
From time to time gave the other a ring
And remembered the days in Milwaukee

Two grandma’s we are now
Separated by miles,
Connected by memories of an earlier time
And perhaps the ‘silliest’ rhyme!
Those two little girls from Milwaukee

~Karen Goelz Rodgers

There is joy in poetry! Thank you, my dear friend. 

Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z written by Irene Latham & Charles Waters and illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini, Carolrhoda Books, 2020.

Behold this book! As the title says, this book is a dictionary. The carefully chosen words, appear in alphabetical order, are meant to inspire readers to think and to make a difference in themselves and the world. Each spread has a poem that relates to the word. Different poetic forms are used throughout the book. Each spread also contains a quote, an anecdote that relates to the word, and an activity you can try to grow and expand your world to make it a better place. This is a perfect book to share with others and celebrate National Poetry Month!

Kwame Alexander Teaches Us – HOW TO READ A BOOK

February 27, 2020

Frequent readers of my blog know – I love picture books! I just glommed on to a fabulous picture book, and I don’t want to let it go!

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How to Read a Book is written by Kwame Alexander, a New York Times bestselling author and winner of multiple awards. He received the Newbery Medal in 2015 for The Crossover, and in January of this year, he won a Newbery Honor for his book The Undefeated. Kwame Alexander’s picture book is a lyrical poem written from the heart. His powerful words evoke wonder and excitement and encourage children to open a book and “peel its gentle skin, like you would a clementine.” He writes about the feel, the smell, the sound, the look, and the taste of words readers discover in books. Alexander’s awe-inspiring poem speaks to the soul and opens the door to the joys of reading. Melissa Sweet’s illustrations add another dimension to Alexander’s delightful text. Sweet is also a New York Times bestselling author and artist, a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Medal, and winner of the 2012 Sibert Medal for Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. Melissa Sweet’s unique collage illustrations complement Kwame Alexander’s poetic words. She uses a variety of materials including neon paint colors and pages from a discarded copy of Bambi which adds to the overall experience as readers immerse themselves in this book. Besides the eye-catching colors and attention to detail, Sweet also includes fold-out pages and smaller pages within pages that will appeal to readers. Each page turn is a gift of words and art.

This book is truly magic!

 

 

Poetry Sings!

April 4, 2019

April is National Poetry Month.

Meghan Trainor sings, “…I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass…” She’s got the rhythm. She’s got the beat. So does poetry. It’s all about using language to create rhythm and sounds that have the ability to elicit emotions. Meghan Trainor sings and so does poetry.

Poetry can be many things —evocative, lively, joyful, whimsical, humorous. During National Poetry Month, take some time to find your favorite type of poetry and enjoy!

Below are some delightful poetry book suggestions for young readers.

Sing a Song of Seasons

My First Book of Haiku Poems

Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

More poetry book suggestions:

4 Great Kids’ Books for National Poetry Month

Other websites to check out for National Poetry Month.

Reading Rockets

30 Ways to Celebrate — A Poem A Day and More

 

 

National Poetry Month and Jane Yolen

April 26, 2018

National Poetry Month has been lucky for me. At the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference this past weekend, I won a Limited Edition poem from Jane Yolen.

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Jane Yolen is an extraordinarily talented, award-winning author of books, poetry, and so much more. She is an icon in the children’s literature community.

As a children’s book writer, I will cherish this poem not only because it was created by Jane Yolen but for how the poem speaks to the writer in me.

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

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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.

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

 

 

April Is Poetry Month

April 5, 2018

Poetry is rhythm, rhyme, lyrical language, imagery, emotion, and so much more. Think of the words of Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Walt Whitman …

Encourage your youngsters to get hooked on poetry. Begin by choosing fun poems with rhyme and rhythm. Think of the words of Mother Goose, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky …

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R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet written by Judy Young and illustrated by Victor Juhasz is an excellent book to share with readers. It introduces different forms of poetry and gives examples and explanations of how each is written. It’s a perfect book that lets youngsters explore how to write a variety of poetry and how they can employ those techniques to create their own masterpieces.

Poetry is a special literary device that can make readers laugh, love, cry, and carry the words in their heads and hearts. Take time to feed your soul with a good poem.

 

 

 

 

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day

July 27, 2017

We all wear pants at some time or another, and most of us do some walking. Well, today it’s National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. So, put on some fancy pants and go for a walk. If you’re not in the mood to do that, maybe one of these pantsy picture books will tickle your fancy.

greenpantsGreen Pants written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel, Candlewick Press

petePete With No Pants written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins, Chronicle Books

grumpyGrumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer, Albert Whitman & Company

whereWhere Do Pants Go? written by Rebecca Van Slyke and illustrated by Chris Robertson, Sterling Children’s Books

ohOH, NO! Where Are My Pants? edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch, HarperCollins

Coming in September 2017

princessPrincesses Wear Pants written by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim and illustrated by Eva Byrne, Abrams Books for Young Readers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

March 2, 2017

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One book, two books.

Old books, new books.

 

Some are short and funny, too.

Some are long like a size twelve shoe.

 

Magic happens in a book.

Turn the page and take a look.

read

 

Books can fly you to the moon

Just by riding on a spoon.

 

Happy, sad, or full of flair

Books can take you anywhere.

So …

Grab a book and grab a friend.

Read a book until the end.

 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Do you know what Dr. Seuss would say?

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

hats-off

 


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