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Entries in little lit book series (26)

Friday
Jan082016

how the sun got to coco's house

Here's another pick from January’s #littlelitbookseries.  This month, we featured some of the exceptional children’s books published in 2015.  How The Sun Got To Coco's House by Bob Graham is among the lot.

"It had to start somewhere.  While Coco slept far away, the sun crept up slowly behind a hill, paused for a moment and seemed to think twice...before it plunged down the other side and skidded giddily across the water."  Follow the sun's glorious trek to Coco's house and catch a glimpse of the lives and paths it intersects along the way.   Beautiful, lilting prose from Australian author/illustrator Bob Graham and an ingenious and engaging way to depict a quotidian event.  One of my favorites from 2015.  

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Friday
Jan082016

float

This month, #littlelitbookseries is all about the most outstanding children's books of 2015.

Float is most definitively one of the best children's books published in 2015.  Daniel Miyares' wordless picture book shows how much emotion and storyline can be encapsulated and expressed through visual elements alone.  You can see and feel the boy's thoughts and intentions almost as well as the texture of all that glorious water and rain.  Bravo @danielmiyaresdoodles!  We are fans of your work for life.

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Friday
Dec042015

little lit book series winter edition

Our Instagram #littlelitbookseries theme is winter in honor of this cold (yet warm in sentiments) season of the year.  Take a look at everyone else’s wintry picks in the #littlelitbookseries today.  Here are mine:

The Snowman is one of the best wordless storybooks we have today.   Drawn by Raymond Briggs, the illustrations have a certain magic about them.  It’s a classic  heartfelt tale about a boy who, unable to sleep, goes out one night and finds that the snowman in his front yard has come to life.  After introducing the snowman to the wonders of the human world (like the TV and stove at his house), the boy and his new friend go on an unforgettable adventure, flying through the midnight sky.   This is definitely one to add to your wintry trove of books.

The Jolly Christmas Postman is a gem by Janet and Allen Ahlberg and is a spinoff of the original Jolly Postman.  This time, the Jolly Postman makes his rounds in fairy tale land with Christmas cards and surprises, like a jolly board game for Red Riding Hood (that you can actually play!) and a delicious "book in a book" for the Gingerbread Boy.  This is definitely one of the must fun and interactive books in our holiday collection and a favorite to read at this time of year!

Friday
Nov062015

little lit book series culinary edition

November's theme for #littlelitbookseries is food.  Lemonade in Winter, written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by G. Brian Karas, is about a pair of entrepreneurial siblings who decide to set up a lemonade stand on a cold wintry day.   Do they learn about math and counting money?  Yes.  Do they learn a little about ingenuity and perseverance?  Yes.  Do they sell any lemonade?  Read this delightfully frigid tale to find out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola is one of my all-time favorite wordless picture books.  Its subtle humor draws you in and invites you to narrate the story of a hapless (but not hopeless) woman in her plight for a plate of warm, toothsome pancakes.  The story is also a nod to an older, agrarian way of life, making it a wonderful teaching experience for its audience.  And if reading it doesn't make you crave a tall pile of crispy-edged pancakes doused in maple syrup, I don't know what will! ๐Ÿ

Also, as a side note, wordless story books are invaluable tools.  Telling and retelling a story multiple times with a wordless story book helps children learn a variety of vocabulary words, synonyms and sentence structures.  It helps teach children the elements of a story--characters, setting, problem, resolution, etc.  When you revisit stories and retell them, you talk about different little aspects of a story that you didn't talk about the last time you read it because you might pick up on other details in the pictures or nuances in the story.  When different people tell a child the story, the child hears and is exposed to different narratives, points of view and different sets of vocabulary.  Happy storytelling!

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Friday
Oct162015

popcorn

The theme for our Instagram #littlelitbookseries this month is fall/Halloween.  My kids were so enthralled with Popcorn by Franck Asch that they read it several times within the first few days of having it.  It’s Halloween and Sam invites his friends over for a costume party while his parents are away.  They each politely bring the same treat to share—popcorn!  Sam makes the fantastically unfortunate decision to pop everyone’s popcorn and a quietly hilarious fiasco ensues.

Please check out everyone else's favorite fall/Halloween reads in the #littlelitbookseries.