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NOPE! - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Change is hard. And taking that next step, leaving the "nest," going to preschool, or kindergarten, is hard for many kids. Not that change is any easier for older kids or adults. I was excited to find a book that infuses laughter into coping with changes. NOPE! A Tale of First Flight Author & Illustrator Drew Sheneman Publisher Viking (2017) Age 3-5 Fiction Themes: Growing up, change, embracing new experiences, and imagination. Synopsis (From Amazon): A nurturing mama bird, a fearful baby, and a nest in a tall, tall tree. Ready, set, soar? Nope! Sweetly and humorously told, here is a sparkling debut about the joys that come from embracing new experiences, written and illustrated by nationa

Reading For Research Month coming in March - #ReFoReMo

Research For Reading Month (ReFoReMo) introduces their calendar of presenters: Registration begins February 15th. Note that "fully registered participants will have an opportunity to enter prize drawings at the conclusion of ReFoReMo. Our private Facebook Group is open to all picture book writers and illustrators. This is where we share literary revelations and start picture book/blog post discussions." This is an excellent experience for writers and teachers. Join us for an event that "will benefit writers at any level...from beginner to multi-published authors and prekindergarten through college level classrooms. Why? No matter the level, great gains come from reading picture books as ment

I Am Not A Number - Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 #ReadYourWorld

I am participating in the Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) and joining numerous reviewers in highlighting books which celebrate diversity. The copy of this book, sent me from Second Story Press, for purposes of this review, will be donated to a classroom in Seattle, WA - through Reading Partners Seattle. I Am Not A Number Written by Kathy Kacer & Dr. Kay Dupuis Illustrated by Gillian Newland Publisher Second Story Press (2016) Ages 7-11 Historical Fiction Themes: Self-identity, diversity, empathy, family, Canadian history, and prejudice. Synopsis: (From Amazon) When Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school, she is confused, frightened an

The Picture Book Buzz: Interview with Anna Forrester

I chose Anna Forrester and her debut picture book, Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story, to kick off a new portion of my blog - The Picture Book Buzz. My goal for 2017 is to post interviews with authors at least once a month, on Mondays. Many organizations use citizen scientists to help them gather information, to assist in the conservation and preservation of our world. I have participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count (December) and the Project Feeder Watch (November- April) with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. for many years. In her debut picture book, Anna Forrester explores a family's participation in a citizen science project - the bat count. See my Perfect Picture Book Friday, #PPBF

Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

What a great way to introduce children to scientific procedures and citizen involvement. Being a participant in citizen science projects - specifically the Feeder Watch Program and the Great Backyard Bird Count through The Cornell Lab of Ornithology - I found this book a delightful read and the bat count program quite interesting. Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story Written by Anna Forrester Illustrated by Susan Detwiler Publisher: Arbordale Publishing (February 2017) Ages: 5-8 Fiction Themes: Animal conservation, bats, family, science, volunteering Synopsis (From Amazon): Jojo is prepping for an exciting night; it s time for the bat count! Bats have always been a welcome presence during th

Penguin's Christmas Wish - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I know the holiday's are over, but I need to highlight one last holiday book. How we respond to change and unexpected events, especially around the holidays, says a lot about our character. Although a holiday themed book, Penguin's discovery is relevant all year round. Penguin's Christmas Wish Written & Illustrated by Salina Yoon Publisher: Bloomsbury (2016) Ages: 2-6 Fiction Themes: Friendship, resiliency, creativity, cooperation, generosity, and Christmas. Synopsis (From Amazon): Penguin can't wait to celebrate Christmas with his family and friends. But when things don't go exactly as planned, Penguin learns to find holiday magic in the most unexpected places. Countless readers and review

My Snow Globe - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Staring into the swirling sparkles of a snow globe is magical and peaceful. Take a peek at how this book captures that feeling for young readers. My Snow Globe Written by Megan E. Bryant Illustration by Melissa Iwai Publisher Scholastic, Cartwheel Books imprint Ages 2-4 years Fiction Themes Winter, animals, habitat, nature, rhyming Synopsis (From Amazon) A charming new snow globe-inspired board book just in time for the holidays! This shaped board book looks just like a snow globe with a clear acetate window and shimmery glitter on every die-cut layered page. Kids won't be able to resist turning the pages, reading the lyrical story by Megan E. Bryant, and watching the colorful illustrations

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