Tag: PreS-Gr. 2

Sensory Overload for the Toddler Set: Rachel Isadora’s I HEAR A PICKLE

Sensory Overload for the Toddler Set: Rachel Isadora’s I HEAR A PICKLE

Lynn: I have been hanging out with a three-year-old lately (the youngest member of our focus group), and he has reminded what an interesting age three is. He and his cohort are observant, experimental, energetic, and capable of surprising focus when something interests them. They’ve moved beyond board books and love picture books with well-demarcated illustrations, sound effects, […]

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Lynn: The youngest members of our focus group members (pictured below) are now six and three. Like the other three boys in the group, they have strong opinions! Here are their 2016 favorites of the many we’ve read together this year. I added three more titles at the end that are personal favorites of mine. 1 […]

1 + 1 = 2 Fun Counting Books

1 + 1 = 2 Fun Counting Books

Cindy: Children are often told not to play with their food, but don’t tell that to author/illustrator Juana Medina. 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book (2016) combines math and art, turning veggies into animals via black, squiggly lines. The fun starts with half an avocado: the pit becomes a nose, the fruit a deer. Two Radish Mice uses radish […]

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite Thanksgiving books is Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving spin on the Clement Clarke Moore* poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (published in 1990, still in print 26 years later) looks at the holiday from the perspective of children on a school field trip to a farm. […]

Preparing for Snow with Picture Books, Part Two

Preparing for Snow with Picture Books, Part Two

Cindy and Lynn: Light the fire and heat up the hot chocolate: Here’s Part Two of our list of picture books post that will help you get ready for the snow. Two award-winners, the poet Joyce Sidman and the illustrator Beth Krommes, have teamed up to give us Before Morning (2016), a gorgeous ode to a snowy […]

Preparing for Snow with Picture Books

Preparing for Snow with Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: We’re having a lovely warm fall here this year, but our Michigan weathermen are forecasting LOTS of snow this winter. We know it’s never too early to start preparing. High on our list? Making sure we’ve got piles of great snow-related picture books to read when the first flakes start falling! Here […]

Knit 1, Purl 2, Read 6: Knitting Picture Books

Knit 1, Purl 2, Read 6: Knitting Picture Books

Cindy: Lynn tried to teach me to knit a few years ago, but I didn’t stick with it. I tried again last spring and despite my wonky-looking first effort—see the dishcloth, pictured—I kept at it, and now I’m obsessed and much improved. It may have been T. S. Easton’s Boys Don’t Knit that renewed my interest (check out […]

Teach Your Cats to Read

Teach Your Cats to Read

Lynn: I have two determined cats. As I write this post, they are both trying their utmost to displace my laptop. They disapprove of my books almost as much as they dislike my computer, and they wage a subtle war against these lap thieves all the time. Curtis Manley’s adorable picture book, The Summer Nick […]

Poetry and Picture Books for Little Ghosts and Goblins

Poetry and Picture Books for Little Ghosts and Goblins

Lynn and Cindy: Are you looking for some Halloween fun for pre-schoolers and early elementary-school students? Look no further! Here are some new books for little ghosts and goblins. Start your story time with Boo! Haiku (2016), Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea’s follow-up to Guess Who, Haiku (2016). A haiku riddle and a small, circular picture […]

Alphabet Stories: Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!

Alphabet Stories: Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!

Lynn: Picture books are often a goldmine of freshly imaginative creative work, but alphabet books are especially fascinating to me. The alphabet is, after all, a very specific topic! How many ways can an ordered listing of letters be presented, anyway? I am always surprised and delighted at the different ways writers and illustrators play with this old standard. […]