Here’s my last post for Picture Book Month. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading picture books as much as I have. And hey, locals! We are still accepting entries in our contest. Tag a photo of your favourite picture book with #AVRLpicturebook and you could win a bag of picture books! Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook entries accepted until November 30. And now, here’s some more picture books to love.
Sing a Season Song by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Lisel Jane Ashlock, Creative Editions
Opening this book is like opening a watercolour portfolio. The thick pages are filled with gorgeous paintings that recall Audubon. Yolen’s rhymed lines tumble the seasons into each other as the illustrations lead the eye and give subtle foreshadowing. A gentle way to share seasonal changes.
This is my home, this is my school by Jonathan Bean, Farrar Straus Giroux
Homeschoolers will welcome this child-friendly look at how a home can be a school, and all children will be entertained by this boisterous, engaging family. Bean’s cartoon styling will have kids right in the story. Be prepared for discussion!
Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion Books
A tale of two mice is told in simple language. Beginning readers will enjoy this tiny treat, following the adventures of two mice as they jaunt through a pastel Ruzzier world. Look for ways to talk about math, and watch for the emotions on the faces of these little mice. Easy reading and fun illustrations make this one a winner.
Of interest to teachers:
Swan: The life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad, Chronicle Books
Teachers looking for biography to add to their classrooms can look right here. This book is more of a poem than a biography, and Julie Morstad’s illustrations turn it into a work of art. Her pictures dance along the pages as does the story of a poor girl who makes it big in the dance world. Additional end matter, including a bibliography for further study, makes it a good choice for students.