Crying is Like the Rain: A Story of Mindfulness and Feelings by Heather Hawk Feinberg; illustrated by Chamisa Kellogg. 2020. Published by Tilbury House Publishers.
Brief summary: A young boy overhears a grownup comparing feelings to weather and how both change. The boy concludes that crying is like the rain. He shares the different perspectives people have about crying and then relates how the weather can become imbalanced. He learns how feelings can be expressed and mindfully shared with others.
Comments: This book could be shared with students and young ones to help them be aware of the difference types of crying and how people may feel differently about the emotions that go with it.
Sections in the back are: Crying Really is Like the Rain, Weather Reports: A Mindfulness Game, Go to Deeper, and Words Have Power.
It should be noted that the author is a counselor and founder of Mindful Kids.
If Winter Comes, Tell It I’m Not Here by Simona Ciraolo; illustrated by Simona Ciraolo. 2020. Pencil and watercolor. Published by Candlewick Press.
Brief summary: A young boy shares how much he loves swimming and only ice-cream can get him out of the water. His older sister warns him to make the most of it, as summer is going to end. He asks what happens after summer, and his sister tells him a dark tale about how fall will come and then winter. He decides there is nothing he can do about it and just has to wait for it to happen. When fall and winter do arrive, they are like his sister said but all in a positive way in which he enjoys the changing of the seasons.
Comments: What a great story to share about the coming of the fall and winter seasons and what happens. Students can see some of the negative and positive traits.
Lift by Minh Lê; illustrated by Dan Santat. 2020. Published by Hyperion.
Brief summary: Iris’s job is to push the lift’s button for her family every day until one time her little brother surprisingly does it. She does not like that. The next time the family stands in front of the elevator, Iris darts out front and pushes the button for it to arrive and then all of the buttons inside of the elevator. A few days later, she notices that the maintenance man is fixing a broken elevator and throwing away the button. Iris takes it and runs up to her room where she tapes it by her closet’s door and pushes it. It dings. She goes into another world and then another. Iris decides it would be more fun to share the adventures with her little brother.
Comments: I love that the end pages have the beginning and end of the story on them instead of being the usual white.
The story is mainly told with detailed graphic illustrations.
This is the second picture book of the duo.
Drawn Together is their first, published in 2018.
When My Brother Gets Home by Tom Lichtenheld; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 2020. Pencil, watercolor and colored pencil on Mi-Teintes paper. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers.
Brief summary: A preschooler excitedly shares all of the wonderful adventures and playing she and her brother will do once he returns from school.
Comments: Super sweet book about a little girl waiting to play with her older brother. If only they could always stay like that…
Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun by Tara Lazar; illustrated by Vivienne To. 2020. Published by Harper.
Brief summary: Claire’s younger brother, Sam, does not believe in leprechauns. She decides to make a trap and capture one to show her brother. She plans and builds the first trap. Foiled. Finn, the leprechaun, leaves her a note. Finn is determined to make a better trap. Sprung. Another note by Finn. Will the trap Claire and Sam build together work this time?
Comments: Instructions of how to build a leprechaun trap are in the back. Wouldn’t it be a fun maker-space activity for students to build traps?
Rocket Says Look Up! by Nathan Bryan; illustrated by Dapo Adeola. 2019. Published by Random House.
Brief summary: A young girl’s enthusiasm of seeing a meteor shower that night spreads to others in the neighborhood. As night comes, Rocket(named after a rocket that was shot into space the day she was born) goes to the park with her brother who is always looking down on his phone. He turns his phone off and looks up to see the meteor shower dart across the sky. The two share the moment with each other while drinking hot chocolate.
Comments: I thought this would be a good book of introduction for the primary students about the sky. The Farmers Almanac site has a schedule of meteor showers. Wouldn’t it be fun to send home a note in December or winter break for the students to think of each other while looking up at the sky for a scheduled meteor shower on Dec. 13/14 or Dec. 22?
Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich; illustrated by Zoey Abbott. 2017. Colored pencils. Published by Harper.
Brief summary: Twins Dax and Zoe do everything together. The night before school has them wondering what it will be like to be in different kindergarten rooms. Dax is a bit worried but changes his mind when they arrive to the school building and sees his new teacher. Zoe is now not so sure until she notices another girl with her exact backpack and makes friends with her. Both twins do several activities with new friends and enjoy their mornings. The two siblings meet and play together at recess. Dax slips something into Zoe’s pocket before going back inside that lets her know he has not forgotten her.
Comments: This would be a super book to read on the first day of school if you are a teacher with one of the twins in your class and equally good if you are a parent with twins going in separate classrooms. Making friends is easier for some students. Students also could relate if they are in a different class from a close friend. They may be comforted to know that they could also make new friends.
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Do you remember your first babysitting job? Were you paid? Did you take a babysitting course to prepare you for any mishaps? These two picture books have inexperienced babysitters who do not want to babysit at all and really would prefer taking a nap but instead are forced to watch younger ones. Both sitters have adventures that wake them right up.
- The Runaway Egg by Katy Hudson; illustrated by Katy Hudson. 2017. Published by Random House.
Brief summary: Chick is told to watch his little brother while his mom goes out. He seems bored as he takes a nap on the egg. His little brother begins to hatch. “Crack” and off he ran!” Chick runs after his half hatched brother who now has his two skinny chicken legs sticking out of his white egg. Chick goes through one near miss after another. The little brother runs into the pigs’ sty, then into the sheeps’ pin, and finally into the field where the big bull sleeps. All the while Chick is frantically chasing his little brother all around the farmyard. The adventures end when little brother wakes the bull. Chick quickly grabs his sibling and runs down the hill to the chicken coop in time for his mother’s return and at the same moment his little brother fully hatches out of all of the egg. His mother asks if Chick is ready to be a big brother unaware that he has being doing just that.
Comments: Older brothers and sisters can relate to just how much attention and energy is needed for a younger sibling. “Have you ever had to do any babysitting for your younger sibling(s)?” This book would be a good talk about what it is like to have a younger sibling. “Are you the big brother/sister to anyone? Are you the little brother/sister? Turn and share with the person next to you.”
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2) Tiger Tiger by Johnny Lambert; illustrated by Jonny Lambert. 2017. Published by Tiger Tales.
Brief summary: Tiger has to babysit Cub and is not sure how to take care of the full-of-energy feline. He tries to go back to sleep but is wakened by the little ball of orange fur. Cub’s energetic curiosity has him excitedly going through the rain forest discovering all of the jungle animals while Tiger slowly strolls close behind. Cub’s enthusiastic and wonderment of the world around him is just what Tiger needs, and the father starts to become more energetic the longer they play and explore. Both become closer through this outing, as Tiger is reminded of the jungle’s beauty seen through the eyes of his cub.
Comments: The eye pleasing illustrations in this picture book are with bright colors and shades of greens throughout.
Buy Tiger Tiger here.
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