Day 183 of my 200 Picture Books in 200 Days Challenge:
On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne. After I read Manfish by Berne, I wanted to find other books that she wrote. This one was even better than Manfish. A lovely biography about Albert Einstein and my new favorite book about him.
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Teacher WIN: found this beautiful picture book at Costco today! I can hardly wait to share this inspiring story with my students. “Our journey as gardeners started with one small potted plant, but things did not go as planned. Turns out, trying something new isn’t always easy, but sometimes, it’s the hardest work that leads to the greatest reward.” I love how this story discusses perseverance, family and disappointment. And check out the stunning illustrations! 🌱
I’m a big supporter of the idea, that passive toys make for active learners (Magda Gerber) And it’s that same magic that gives wordless books a special place in my heart. Books without words invite children to tell their own story. The depth of discussion can be electric. I could list so many brilliant ones but here are 5. Will I be able to resist sharing a few more in my stories later? Unlikely.
🌈 Chalk: by Bill Thomson is a visually stunning photo story that’s perfect for developing the skill of making predictions. 3 children visit a park and find a magic bag of chalk. Everything they draw comes to life, but when one of them draws something they later regret, the children have to draw their way out of a terrifying predicament.
🌈 Inside outside: by Lizi Boyd follows the life of a boy through multiple seasons and what he does indoors and outdoors. It’s also another great one for predictions, as die-cuts in the pages offer peeks into the partner page through the ‘windows’ of the house. There are lots of adorable details to search for in the book, including two little mice who consistently appear, getting up to something new on every page. 🌈 The Lion and the Mouse: by Jerry Pinkney is not completely wordless due to a few words representing the sounds of the savanna. This builds a truer reflectionof the sounds in the environment, devoid of unnatural author narration or dialogue between the animals. The book invitesinferences about the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of characters, thanks to cleverly drawn facial expressions, body language and atmospheric landscapes. 🌈 Wave: by Suzy Lee. A whole story told in line drawings and 3 colours. But the movement, emotion and body language that gets captured is genius. There’s so much to discuss in ‘Wave’ because so much is left open to interpretation. 🌈 Sector 7: by David Weisner. Weisner’s reality defying, surrealist illustrations, as always, merge fantasy and reality, smashing down barriers of ‘possible’ to make way for imagination. This one is the story of a friendship between a boy and a cloud, and the kind of beautiful adventure that could only follow such a brilliantly outlandish idea. #chatplayread
Pinocchio corse a chiamare Geppetto:
”Geppetto! La fata ha mantenuto la sua promessa!” E la fata, vedendo da lontano, sorrideva.
We visited a bookstore that I had discovered on a previous trip to Asheville. I absolutely love this bookstore! At @malapropsbookstore their selection of staff picks and blind date with a book selection is amazing! This one book truly caught my eye and it is nothing less of inspirational. Being You is for all of the students that earn labels within the classroom and perceive their stigma as a lifetime stamp. There is an escape, and one day someone will see you for you and the sky will be blue. Create your sign and wear it proudly! #picturebooksaremyjam
Congratulations to illustrator @duachakaher, who received this year’s SCBWI-Wisconsin Diversity Committee grant. She has been awarded full registration with a portfolio critique and paid lodging for this year’s 2019 Marvelous Midwest conference in Illinois.
Are you a Book Rescuer, too? We went on a Book Rescue Mission recently. We’re talkin’ used bookstore clearance rifling where no book goes untouched. We’re talkin’ old-book-smell-loving treasure hunts for classics marked down to $1 before they’re (gasp) thrown out. Not on our watch! 🙅🏻♀️📚 On our recent treasure dig, we unearthed a copy of “A Hole is to Dig” by Ruth Krauss (also wrote The Carrot Seed) and Maurice Sendak (also illustrated Where the Wild Things Are). It’s an utterly DELIGHTFUL little book of first definitions. And it got us wondering how often small treasures like this get passed over because their worth is unfamiliar to those browsing. 🧐
Do you ever browse book lists just to familiarize with titles? To know authors and books worth pursuing? Books like “A Hole is to Dig” can be found used online, too, but only if you know to look for it.
This is one reason we created the Book Finder tool on Learning Through Literature. We want you to browse and know about books (old and new) worth grabbing at the bookstore or library. It’s not a never-ending bunny trail of book titles. It’s a meaningfully curated resource we add to regularly (see our profile link). Browse some categories. Pull it up on your phone in the library or used bookstore. You might just find buried treasure on those book shelves!
Happy Wednesday🌷I am loving this Earth “Week” with a focus on sharing relevant and beautiful books. Today’s recommendation is particularly special: I brought this amazing story home from the National Museum of the American Indian New York @smithsoniannmai. “Sweetest Kulu” by Celina Kalluk and illustratrator Alexandria Neonakis is a treasure. Through the lens of Inuit beliefs and traditions, we experience the Arctic landscape and its animals with a gratitude, respect, and wonder they deserve. 💚 This book is so rich with spirit, love, and connection! Read it, share it, and add it to your own library. #picturebooks#kidlit#readaloud#celinakalluk#alexandrianeonakis
“We’re the Nature Girls! We must explore. We pack our bags, we’re out the door...”
This book is such a delight and brings back lots of memories of reading Madeline as a child with its little girls in straight lines (though not whilst adventuring obviously!) and rhythmic rhyming prose. The bold Nature Girls are ready for whatever nature throws at them. In the sequel to ‘The Weather Girls’, ‘The Nature Girls’ pack their bags and start their journey exploring all sorts of different natural habitats around the world. From swimming to the depths of the oceans, sailing the seven seas, sledging across the Arctic tundra, camel rides across the desert, climbing trees in the jungle and more, these girls really do explore all that the great outdoors has to offer. Bringing to life all the wonderful corners of the natural world your little ones will want to follow this bright group of girls on their adventures. With stunning illustrations and lots of fun nature facts, this rhyming picture because one that you read over and over again. (Sent by the publisher for review.)
FEATURE ✨ “Lola didn’t give up on learning about the Island. Her perseverance helped her to feel close to a place that she initially felt far away from and perhaps, closer to people in her family and community despite generations being between many of them.” —@littlelightofminelibrary