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From the Picture Book Pile…

A big pile of books to share this time! Here we go…

Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko, illustrated by Dan Santat.Dad and the Dinosaur

Nicholas, afraid of the dark, has a little toy dinosaur that gives him strength. He sees his dad as brave and bigger than life. When the dino goes missing, his confidence is gone, until Dad helps him find it and lets him know it is ok to have the dino as a helper. Santat’s signature illustrations fit just right with the story, and looking for a dinosaur on every page will be a fun task for young readers. Delightful choice for Father’s Day!

We’re all wonders by R.J. Palacio

What does it mean to be different? Here’s a book that celebrates the ordinary and the extra-ordinary. We ARE all wonders, indeed. A simple-to-read book that asks the reader to look with kindness, and see what they can see. Nice pairing with Happy Dreamer (see below).

I lost my sock! : a matching mystery / by P.J. Roberts

Need a quick book with rhymes and matching for your next storytime? This one is not terribly original, but it is fun, and storytime kids will likely be in on the joke well before Fox is.

I am (not) Scared by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant

These bear-like creatures are back (You are (not) Small) and this time, they show us differing perspectives on what is scary, and what is not. A fun choice for storytime or for opening a discussion on what is scary.

Up!: How FamiliUp! es Around the World Carry Their Little Ones / by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Ashley Barton

Upsy-daisy baby! How do babies get carried? In a sling, in a parka, on a hip, in a pack – diverse families from around the world show the young reader that all babies get carried by those who love and care for them. Cut-paper collage illustration fit the tone nicely. Good for toddler storytimes and one-on-one exploration.

Places to Be by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Renata Liwska  Places to be

This book has such wondrous vocabulary, in a simple setting: beastly, vibrant, brave, sneaky, acrobatic – and the illustrations, made with “brush and ink and digital hocus-pocus” take those words to a new level. Two little bear siblings take us through a range of activities, emotions, and places. A winner for quiet storytimes, bedtime, or sharing in a small setting.

Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

Do you know a child who always seems to have their head in the clouds? Who sees things in their own way? Who daydreams, creates, and plays? This book helps to remind us that there are many kids of dreamers, and there’s nothing wrong with dreaming. Reynolds’ cartoon-style drawings help the dreamers leap off the page, and soar to their own tunes. Full of great vocabulary and plenty to dream about.

People of the SeaFor Teachers:

The People of the Sea by Donald Uluadluak, illustrated by Mike Motz

This story, based on an Inuit legend and told by an Inuit storyteller, is a great addition to First Nations studies. The story feels very much like a storyteller sitting right there with you telling the tale, and the illustrations help to put the story in the setting. There is plenty of extra information about the teller and the book includes a pronunciation guide, making this an excellent mentor text for writing a personal tale.






Books without words?

I just love wordless books. And usually, when I tell people about them, and show them how much fun they are, they begin to love them, too. But I do have to “sell ” these books, as many parents or teachers will pick them up and think, “Well, there are no words in this book. How am I going to read that to my child?” Here’s how!

An easy exercise in a parent group is to get people into pairs, and hand out one wordless book to each pair. Tell them that they are going to read to each other– one starts, and halfway through, the other will take over and read. Then say, “GO!” and see what happens. Often you will hear silence at the beginning, and then, as they start to realize that they are now the storytellers, they get into the spirit. Children have no problem with this, being born storytellers. Wordless books are a great way to get children practising those early literacy concepts of talking and telling stories. They are using their imaginations and having an art experience as well. There are many uses for these books, so I am singing their praises today!

Here are a few of my favourites:

A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka. Not only did it win the Caldecott Medal in 2012, it is a fun story featuring a playful little dog. Open it up and start telling the story of what happens when your favourite toy is lost.

Another Caldecott winner is Jerry Pinkney’s The Lion and the Mouse. This familiar story is beautifully created in watercolor and sunshine. The Weston Woods film of the book is brilliant, too, with music that sets the tone of the story.

David Wiesner’s Flotsam was also noticed by the Caldecott committee, and for good reason. This amazing book tells the story of a camera found on a beach in gorgeous paintings that you can look at over and over. Robot Dreams by Sara Varon will enchant older readers with this story of a rusty robot.

For even more wordless books, try this link to our Wordless Books booklist. Enjoy the art and the story that you and your child tell together. Pick out a few of these and have your child “read” to you!

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