Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam by David Wiesner

I first discovered Flotsam by David Wiesner as a part of my very first Mock Caldecott unit in the classroom, and it has been towards the top of my all-time favorite picture books ever since then. Wiesner’s books tend to always be amazing (see my review of Art & Max here, and his Sector 7 made my list of “90 Books for 90 Days of Summer,” which you can find here). If you hang around the children’s book world long enough you’ll likely hear the term “wordless wonder,” and Flotsam is indeed a wordless wonder in every way. Continue reading “Flotsam by David Wiesner”

Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Do you know the book Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Mark Astrella? If not, you should! Ryan’s writing and Astrella’s paintings make this an absolute winner for both teachers and parents. We received Hello Ocean as a gift when our oldest was born, and it’s still a summer- and beach-read favorite in our house six years later (and would likely be read repeatedly year-round if I didn’t stash it away with our other beach books). Read on to see why we love it! Continue reading “Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan”

The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

Do you have any airport travel coming up this summer? I’ve got the perfect airplane book for you all… So perfect that we first read it about 3 years ago, before an airplane trip to get our girls ready and excited, and we continue to read it today, loving it and noticing still new details every time (and yes, this is another book that long ago lost its dust jacket…). For your children’s summer travel reading pleasure, I bring you The Airport Book by Lisa Brown.

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Sun by Sam Usher

Sun by Sam Usher

Does it feel like summer yet where you live? While we thought summer had arrived early back in April, we’ve had an unusually cold and rainy month of May, and we’re expecting more cold, rainy weather this weekend… but it looks like a big chunk of the country may be very, very hot for Memorial Day! Whether you’re trying to stay cool by reading inside, or wishing summer weather would arrive, Sun by Sam Usher may be the perfect book for you this weekend! Continue reading “Sun by Sam Usher”

A Read-Aloud Tip AND a Book Recommendation!

A Read-Aloud Tip AND a Book Recommendation!

Do you ever start a read-aloud and realize that, while it seemed to be a perfect set-up/story/time/etc for you, it just wasn’t really right for your audience? I’m guessing the answer is yes… If it’s not, then can you share all of your secrets with us? For the rest of us, rest assured that you’re not alone! I’d been wanting to write about rethinking your read-aloud expectations for a while, and then when I came across Too Many Frogs! by Sandy Asher, illustrated by Keith Graves, I thought this might be the perfect picture book to illustrate this point. Continue reading “A Read-Aloud Tip AND a Book Recommendation!”

Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey

Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey

“There’s no crying! There’s no crying in baseball!” Raise your hand if you can name that movie… That’s what I thought! Tons of people know A League of Their Own. Unfortunately, not nearly as many people know much at all about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (aside from what they may have learned from A League of Their Own). Fortunately for me and for my students and children, my wonderful dad (who was my baseball coach when I was little and played baseball with the boys for years…) bought me Players in Pigtails, written by Shana Corey and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon, my first year teaching. Fifteen years later, I’m thrilled to say that I still love this book and am so glad to be able to teach my girls about both a time in history when girls weren’t allowed to play baseball AND the strength girls can have to break gender stereotypes and accomplish great things athletically.
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Art and Max by David Wiesner

Art and Max by David Wiesner

David Wiesner is one of those authors/illustrators for me… When I hear that he has a new book coming out, I immediately request it from the library so that I can get it right when it arrives. I just love his work. While Flotsam remains my favorite book of his (and one of my favorite wordless books, too), Art and Max is a close second. As an added bonus, my girls adore Art and Max as well! Read on for reasons why we love this wordless wonder! Continue reading “Art and Max by David Wiesner”