Squeak! by Laura McGee Kvasnosky; illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee. 2019. First painted the black layer in gouache resist and then painted the color digitally in Photoshop. Published by Philomel Books.
Brief summary: Early in a forest’s morning, the breeze of the wind went past a mouse’s ear causing him to *squeak*! That *squeak!* floated to a chipmunk causing him to chatter in the branches of a pine tree. A pine cone falls into the river below making a *splash!* in the water. All of the creatures in the forest’s habitat experience the result of the wind’s first touch of the mouse’s ear resulting and ending with the mouse again.
Comments: Fun way to learn about the sounds of the forest. This book could be read to introduce a hearing unit and a forest habitat. This also could be an onomatopoeia introduction book.
Watersong by Tim McCanna; illustrated by Richard Smythe. 2017. Watercolors and finished digitally. Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Brief summary: A fox goes into a watershed to catch a duck but misses and gets caught in a stream that throws him out when he falls over a waterfall to a forest below. He takes shelter in a fallen tree during a rain shower until it clears. He sees his mate under a rainbow, and they dance as he is reunited with his family on the return of a hunt.
Comments: This book’s beautiful full-paged watercolors illustrations compliment the gentle rhyming of the water. Clever rhyming with onomatopoeia water sounds. There is a section called Listen to the Watersong explaining the ecosystem of a watershed.
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Noisy Night by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Brian Biggs. 2017. Published by Roaring Brook Press.
Brief summary: The front end pages show a young boy sleeping in a dark room. Next, the title page shows him awake looking up to the ceiling, “What is going LA LA LA above my head?” Each page introduces a new apartment level and night activity along with an onomatopoeia as the story continuously ascends to the very top floor where a little old man yells down for everyone to go to bed. The back end pages show the old man sleeping in a dark room.
Comments: This is a fun and silly book teaching onomatopoeia. Students will enjoy mimicking the sounds.
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