Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre

Thank you, EarthThank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by April Pulley Sayre. 2018. Photography. Published by Greenwillow Books.

Brief summary: This beautiful rhyming love letter thanking the earth of all its wonderful life and land is illustrated with superb nature photos capturing the awesomeness of the planet.

Comments: This book could be shared at Thanksgiving with a discussion of what each child is thankful for that the earth gives us.  It could also be shared on Earth Day. Topnotch photography as in her other books Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Fall of Fall.

There is  A Note From the Author in back.

Knock Knock by Tammi Sauer

Knock KnockKnock Knock by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Guy Francis. 2018.

Brief summary: Bear is trying to get ready for winter and settle into hibernation when he keeps getting interrupted with knocks on his door.

Comments: A cute and clever story unfolds with the illustrations moving the story along with each knock knock joke. I would introduce this with the kindergarten unit on how animals get ready for winter.

 

Square by Mac Barnett

SquareSquare by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen; 2018. Digitally and with watercolor and graphite. Published by Candlewick Press.

Brief summary: Square goes into his secret den every day and pushes out a square of rock and piles it with the other squares. One day Circle rolls by and compliments Square for his wonderful sculpture that looks like the artist. Could Square sculpture one of Circle? He works all night in the rain. Will Circle be pleased with his results?

Comments: Second of the shape trilogy of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.  Young readers will be amused by the sense of humor in Square as they were in Triangle. The illustrations are blacks, grays, and browns.

The Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra

thegreatdictionarycaperThe Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra; illustrated by Eric Comstock. 2018. Digital. Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: Grand Marshall, I, tries to get everyone ready for a parade but has trouble with the longest word(see if you can guess what it is), action verbs, no action contractions, homophones, antonyms, palindrome, archaic words, proper nouns, anagrams, interjections, and others to get back into the dictionary with the help of Noah Webster(first dictionary) and Peter Mark Roget(thesaurus).

Comments: Glossary in the back. This actually will be better understood by the older young reader who can understand and is familiar with all the types of word categories. I would share this with third grade on up.

 

Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

Rhyme CrimeRhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman; illustrated by Jon Burgerman. 2018. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: Hammy’s hat is stolen and switched for a cat. A mystery shadow hand is seen throughout the book taking and switching it with rhyming items from the many characters in this silly and clever book of rhymes. Who is this mysterious thief? Will the police catch the perpetrator? Where did it all go wrong?

Comments: I can’t wait to share this with primary students when we go back to school. Students will need to think of a rhyming word that could match what was just stolen by the mystery hand. Turn the page to see if they are correct and then get ready for the next character on the right side of the page that gets something stolen.

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The Book About Nothing by Mike Bender

The Book About NothingThe Book About Nothing by Mike Bender; illustrated Hugh Murphy. 2018. Published by Crown Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary:  Bird tells how the book is about nothing and gives many examples of nothing and what it is.

Comments: Good book for teaching zero to young readers. End pages are full of words that mean nothing like null, zippo, zilch and so on.

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Red Sky at Night by Elly MacKay

Red Sky at NightRed Sky at Night by Elly MacKay; illustrated by Elly MacKay. 2018. Cutout paper drawings placed in dioramas and photographed. Published by Tundra.

Brief summary: This beautifully illustrated story is of a grandfather and his two young grandchildren looking outside to the sky to see if they can determine the weather for tomorrow’s fishing adventure. Weather-related sayings and idioms are shared as they enjoy the fishing trip, night of camping, and the next day.

Comments:  I  recognized some of the weather predicting sayings that I was taught as a child. These three-dimensional illustrations are gorgeous! The story is told with the illustrations. This  definitely would be a Caldecott contender if Elly MacKay lived in the USA instead of Canada. Looking forward to more beautiful illustrations from this author/illustrator.

I would house this book in weather 551 or picture books.

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A Busy Creature’s Day Eating! by Mo Willems

A Busy Creature's Day of EatingA Busy Creature’s Day Eating! by Mo Willems; illustrated by Mo Willems. 2018. Published by Hyperion Books for Children

Brief summary: A purple monster with a pink and blue striped outfit alphabetically eats through things in the house beginning with Apples and then ending up feeling sick at Q for Queasy. The father comes in and gives the monster child foods that are to help the stomach-ache until “V” happens in which the monster is put to bed.

Comments: The creature could be any child that overeats everything in the house until a big stomach-ache occurs. It is nice to see an ABC concept book with a story. End pages have a large upper cased blocked ABCs. The back flap has a cartoon of Mo Willems with his brief bio sketch.

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DUDE! by Aaron Reynolds

DUDE!

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Dan Santat. 2018. Published by Roaring Book Press.

Brief Summary: A beaver and platypus are surfing the waves when a shark approaches wanting to join them. Friend or foe? Will the mammals get to know the marine animal and become great surfing buddies?

Comments: The expressions on their faces are priceless and will bring many laughs to young readers. The only word is “dude” which is used many times with several different meanings conveyed by changing the fonts, all caps and small caps letters, and various punctuation after the word.

Teachers, librarians, and those reading to children— You will need to practice ahead of time  to make sure you get the right voice tones, accents, and meanings across by saying “dude” in many ways you never considered saying before  reading this book. A silly and fun read aloud.

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The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms by Gene Barretta

The Bat Can Bat

The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms by Gene Barretta; illustrated by Gene Barretta. 2018. Published by Henry Holt and Company.

Brief summary: The animals enjoy playing sports and now the president has announced a law stating that animals have the right to play sports. The sport events are often with humorous human and animal combinations along with wordplay that makes the reader stop and think about what the homonym meaning is meant.

Comments: Fun story to teach young readers about words that are spelled and sounded the same but have two different meanings. Narrative nonfiction if shelved in the figurative language section. Could be shelved in the everybody section as well.

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