The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt

The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt

The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt; illustrated by Chris Britt. 2016. Watercolor, acrylic, Tombow pencils H, HB, and 4H.

Brief summary: Drift was one of the first snowmen built at the beginning of winter and only has coal and sticks while all the other snowmen have mittens, hats, scarves, and carrot noses. One morning, a bunch of kids playing nearby see how plain Drift is and decide to dress him up by giving him some of their clothing making the snowman very happy.  The snowman decides to play with the children all day until the weather changes. After saying good-bye, a blizzard comes blowing off some of Drift’s new clothing.  In the middle of all of the windy snowfall, Drift comes across a small rabbit that is cold and hungry. The snowman kindly gives his few remaining  gifts to the rabbit–the scarf to keep it warm and his carrot nose to feed it. The snowman looks like he did at the beginning of the story, but has changed inside.

Comments: This is a sweet story about sharing. Children give some of their winter clothing to a stranger and make a new friend. The snowman pays it forward by giving his new gifts to a cold, hungry rabbit.

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Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Ladies of Liberty

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts; illustrated by Diane Goode. 2017. Pen, Sephid ink, Pan Pastels on Arches hot press watercolor paper.

Brief Summary: There is a letter of introduction explaining how the author referred to primary sources for her research–letters, records kept of organized societies or schools, journals, and books written by the women. Each one of the women has a two page spread with a drawing or two of her by the illustrator. The clothing and hair are that of the time period. There is a narrative biographical sketch of how the woman contributed to shaping the United States of America between 1796 and 1828. These women were educators, reformers, writers, religious organizers, explorers, settlers, and so on who were determined to make a difference.

Comments: These are woman who made a stepping stone and examples for others to follow with their commitment and grit. Companion to Found Mothers: Remembering the Ladies

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Together by Emma Dodd

Together by Emma Dodd

Together by Emma Dodd; illustrated by Emma Dodd. 2016. illustrated credited digitally.

Brief Summary: An otter and her pup spend the day together watching the time go by as the mom gathers food and cherishes the time together arm-in-arm.

Comments: Sweet and touching story of a mother and her baby. Pages have shiny paper to make the water sparkle. One from the Emma Dodd’s Love You Books series. For babies to preschoolers. Love will be coming out on Dec. 13, 2016.

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Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins; illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins. 2016

Brief Summary: Bruce became a bear mother of four geese earlier in the first book Mother Bruce after four eggs hatched on his stove. The geese imprinted upon the bear and followed him around everywhere he went. In the winter, Bruce migrates South with them although he really would like to have hibernated in his cave. That makes him very grumpy. When they all return home in the spring, he is even grumpier finding three mice have made his home into a hotel. He clears out the rodents but still has guests sleeping in his bed and eating in his kitchen. The mice return trying to take over. When a van of elephant guests arrive, Bruce loses his temper and throws everyone out of his house. Mother Bruce likes sitting back and enjoying the peace until his geese children convince him to let the three mice in out of the rain.

Comments: One hilarious situation after another. Readers can relate to bear’s grumpiness.

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I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino; illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. 2016. India ink on vellum.

Brief summary: Story explains its history beginning with “I am a story. I was told around a campfire…” and continues going through the years of how people shared stories such as cave drawings, clay tablets, and up to electronic tablets.

Comments: This is a simple but important book that will teach students the timeline of story sharing. I would use this book as a springboard to also talk about how information is shared.

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Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by Steve Jenkins. 2016. Ink, cut and torn paper collage.

Brief summary: In rhyming prose, we see how the four types of squirrels(red, gray, fox, and flying) live in the forest. They gather food, climb trees, and get ready for winter.

Comments: This is a book that could be shelved in the easy section as well as nonfiction.

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In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson

In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson

In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. 2016. Pencil, colored pencils, and water color.

Brief summary: A grandfather and his sweet granddaughter, Sophie, play a game of seek and find each day after school.

Comments: Young readers will enjoy looking for the objects in these beautifully, detailed illustrations.

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Nanette’s Baquette by Mo Willems

Nanette's Baquette by Mo Willems

Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems; illustrated by Mo Willems. 2016. “Handcrafted cardboard-and-paper constructions which were photographed and digitally integrated with photographed illustration and additions.”

Brief summary: Nanette is sent to the baker for the first time to get a baguette which her temptation get the better of her. She confesses to her mother that yes, she did go to the baker and bought the baguette, but ate it unable to control her temptation for the warm and wonderful smelling bread. Her mother takes Nanette to the baker, Juliette, to get another when the mother follows the same lack of control and gobbles up the bread as well.

Comments: Silly, exaggerated rhyming that children find delightful in repeating all of the words that rhyme with Nanette. There are photos in the back of how the illustrations are made for the book.

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I Don’t Want to Be Big by Dev Petty

I Don't Want to Be Big by Dev Petty

I Don’t Want to Be Big by Dev Petty; illustrated by Mike Boldt. 2016.

Brief summary: Frog tells his father he does not want to grow up and be big. His father talks to his son about the things he can do when he is big.

Comments:  This is a simple but humorous story that students can relate to Frog’s predicament.  Cute and humorous story. This is the sequel to I Don’t Want to Be a Frog.

idontwanttobeafrog

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Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America by Erin Hagar

Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman's Land Army of America by Erin Hagar

Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army by Erin Hagar; illustrated by Jen Hill. 2016. Painted in gouache and Adobe Photoshop.

Brief summary: This story is based on Helen Stevens’s life of becoming a 1917 Woman’s Land Army of America member and becoming a a farmerette. With many men away to fight in WWI, there was a shortage of farmers. There was a lot of doubt that women could do the hard farm work.  Women would go to camps to be trained and then to local farms to work thus feeding the country and allies.

Comments: This is another grit story about not giving up and getting the job done no matter how hard it became. There are photos on the front and back pages reminding us just how farming was in the early twentieth century unlike the agricultural technology we have now.

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