Tag: picture books

THE STUFF OF STARS: A Truly Stellar Collaboration

THE STUFF OF STARS: A Truly Stellar Collaboration

Lynn: Can a picture book take on the enormously complex concept of the big bang theory—the origin of all things—and do it well? I would have said no, but I know by now not to underestimate the talents and artistic mastery of those working in the picture-book world! In The Stuff of Stars (2018), author Marion […]

This All-of-a-Kind Family Picture Book Is a Gift to Readers

This All-of-a-Kind Family Picture Book Is a Gift to Readers

Lynn: I’m not usually one to gush nostalgically, but Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky have me doing just that. Their new picture book, All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (2018), is a joyous celebration of both the holiday and one of my all time favorite series. As a child, I adored Sydney Taylor’s original All-of-a-Kind Family books […]

Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Picture Books

Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Picture Books

Lynn: How do we talk to children about refugees, immigrants, and all the related issues dominating the news? It seems to us a large number of adults don’t even understand the horrifying situations that have forced masses of desperate people to flee their homelands—so how can we help young people understand this serious issue while […]

Picture Books about Night Jobs Make Dreamy Bedtime Stories

Picture Books about Night Jobs Make Dreamy Bedtime Stories

Lynn: Shhhh! Nestle in for two sweet bedtime stories that tell tales of people and places most children seldom see. There is something so special about a school after everyone has gone home, and Karen Hesse captures this quiet magic perfectly in Night Job (2018). On Friday nights a school custodian takes his young son with […]

DO NOT LICK THIS BOOK! (It’s Full of Germs)

Cindy: What a surprise awaits inside these pages! The warning in the title, Do Not Lick This Book (2018), should be heeded—it is, indeed, full of germs! But don’t let that steer you away from reading it. Journey along with Min, a microbe who travels, via your finger, from the paper of the book’s pages […]

Do Not PASS GO Until You Read This Book!

Do Not PASS GO Until You Read This Book!

Cindy: Monopoly has an interesting history and Tanya Lee Stone has produced a thought-provoking picture book about it: Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented (2018). Originally called The Landlord’s Game, it was created by Lizzie Magie, who was looking for a way to demonstrate the unfair relationship between landlords and tenants […]

Enjoy the Seasons with Sam Usher

Enjoy the Seasons with Sam Usher

 Lynn: The seasons are a perennial topic in primary and preschool classrooms. Especially for children who live in places where the seasons change dramatically, it is a fascinating one. Author and illustrator Sam Usher began his picture-book appreciation of the seasons with Rain (2017), and each subsequent tile has been a joyful appreciation of seasonal fun […]

Losing a Pet: THE ROUGH PATCH

Losing a Pet: THE ROUGH PATCH

Cindy: Lynn found The Rough Patch (2018) by Brian Lies at our local public library and was hesitant to give it to me even though she liked it a lot. The story concerns a fox and his pet dog who did everything together: ate ice cream, listened to music, and went on adventures in the truck. […]

Challenging Injustice with MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP

Challenging Injustice with MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP

Lynn: What does it take to end oppression and injustice? Many of us would suggest the inspiration of an exceptional leader, but I believe in the bravery and determination of ordinary people. Alice Fay Duncan’s moving picture book, Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 (2018), is a prime example. Duncan bases her book […]

RESCUE AND JESSICA: A Picture-Book Story of Love and Courage

RESCUE AND JESSICA: A Picture-Book Story of Love and Courage

Lynn: Married only a year, runners Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Both lost limbs and, in the dark days that followed, Jessica endured many surgeries as doctors fought to save her remaining foot and leg. Then a black lab service dog, Rescue, came into their lives. […]