10 Picture Books to Share

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Last week we looked at the first five books

on the New York Public Library’s list of 100 Titles to Read and Share.

Up next, #6 through #15!

10 Picture Books to Share

 
 
 
 
 
 

#6 Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

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3 Cheers!

Jazzy.

ImageImageJust enough story + just enough left up to the imagination.

My favorite line is,

 “It made him feel like he had eaten honey straight out of the jar.”

 
 
 
 
 
 

#7 How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton

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3 Cheers!

A step-by-step guide to your pet train. Delightful tips and tricks.

“Few trains can resist a good read-aloud.” 🙂

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#8 Journey by Aaron Becker

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Journey is a lovely blend of Harold and the Purple Crayon meets Where the Wild Things Are with its own unique magic. A girl having a lonely day draws a door in her bedroom wall, and the adventure begins! It is a celebration of imagination and friendship.ImageImageImage

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

#9 Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty

This book is out of stock at all my local book stores and still on hold at the library . . . can’t wait to see what all the fuss us about! As soon as I read it, I will update this review 🙂

 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

#10 The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

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I really wanted to love this book. The illustrations were nostalgic, and story of the Italian grandfather telling stories of his youth to his great-granddaughter struck a personal chord with my own Italian roots. But it lacked rhythm and emotion in a story that could have hit very close to the heart. I can easily imagine the kids being bored by the middle.

The adult in me enjoyed it and the child in me skipped to the last page to see how it all ended.

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#11 Moonday by Adam Rex

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The perfect bedtime book for older readers.

 Like any good “sleepy time” book it starts in wonder and ends in slumber.

If this isn’t enough to hook you, I don’t know what is:

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 What would you do if the moon wandered into your backyard?

{On a side note, I want to know why Disney is the publisher.

 I’ve never seen that beyond tacky storybook versions of feature films.}

 
 
 
 
 
 

#12 Mr. Tiger Goes Wild! by Peter Brown

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Loved it! I loved the style of the illustrations, I loved the use of dull and bright colors to tell the story, and I loved reading this book to my students.  They were riveted and full of giggles. As we read together, I asked them a bunch of questions about how the illustrations give us clues about the characters, the setting, and the plot. They had great insights, and enjoyed it thoroughly.

{For a guide to reading this book aloud with question prompts, see this post}

 
 
 
 
 
 

#13 My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown

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DE-LIGHT-FUL!

The jazzy rhythm of the text makes the words sway.  A simple idea that comes alive with color! Gives kids and parents a simple way to talk about what mood they’re in and what they’re feeling.

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#14 Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

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3 cheers!

A recipe for picture book magic:

1 cup Monsters

¼ cup Older Brother Action

1 cup Spanish Vocabulary

a dash of various typefaces

Blend thoroughly for best results

Bake at a cosy 74° for 15 minutes

Serves: you and your little one Nino Wrestles the World

 
 
 
 
 
 

#15 No Fits, Nilson by Zachariah OHora

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3 Cheers!

The kids in your life who have mastered the art of fit-throwing should definitely meet Nilson.

Tender writing and delightfully detailed drawings make this book a must read for high-charged children (and the adults who love them).

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There are still 8 more picture books on the list– watch for them next week!

Interactive Read Aloud: How Do Illustrations Add to Our Understanding of the Story?

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This week my third graders and I are taking a deeper look at STORIES, particularly at the clues that illustrations give us about the setting, the characters, and the plot. I was looking for picture books that would generate thoughtful discussion–fortunately we had a book fair last week, so I had several brand spankin new picture books! After reading Mr. Tiger Goes Wild! with the kiddos, it was obvious that this one was a perfect fit for the discussion I wanted.

How Do Illustrations Add to Our Understanding of the Story

Learning Goal: I can explain how illustrations add to what is written in a story.

Key Questions:

What clues do the illustrations give about the characters?

What clues do the illustrations give about the setting?

What clues do the illustrations give about the plot? (Can you make predictions based on the illustrations?)

FYI, these are the ELA Common Core Standards for Reading: Literature that this lesson meets:

1st Grade: RL 1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

2nd Grade: RL 2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

3rd Grade: RL 3.7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).

We started by talking about our learning goal {I can explain how illustrations add to what is written in a story}.

QUESTION: What clues can we find to help us understand the CHARACTERS, especially Mr. Tiger?Mr. Tiger Goes Wild!Student responses included . . .

  • Mr. Tiger has his eyes open and everyone else has them closed.
  • The colors are dull except for Mr. Tiger.
  • Everyone looks posh.
  • Most of the animals are herbivores (I was so delighted with this observation by several of my students!). Mr. Tiger is different because he is a carnivore. Maybe this makes him more wild.

QUESTION: What clues can we find to help us understand the SETTING?

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild!

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild!We looked at many pictures throughout the book, and made the following observations:

  • He lives in a town or city.
  • It is very dull colored and boring at the beginning.
  • Guesses as to which city it might be included: New York City, Paris, and London. The kids guessed these cities mostly because of the pigeons. 🙂

QUESTION: What clues can we find to help us understand the PLOT?

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild!

The previous page says that Mr. Tiger has a wild idea . . . and then we turn to the picture of Mr. Tiger walking on all fours. No words. Just an illustration showing us what his wild idea was. I read it once without showing the picture (the kids agreed that there was missing information) and then again, this time showing them all the pictures. They understood so much more! (Just the learning moment I was looking for! ZING!)

Then we compared these two illustrations: one of Tiger being wild in the city and one of Tiger being wild in the wilderness. How are they the same? How are they different?

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Reading and talking about this book was a BLAST! The children were riveted. Success! Thanks to Peter Brown and Mr. Tiger.

What kinds of questions do you ask during read aloud?