I’m so excited about this weekend!
First off, today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. My book choice was inspired by the Picture Book Summit presentation of Andrea Davis Pinkney. Her picture books address sensitive topics like prejudice and discrimination and segregation in a way that even young kids can grasp.
SIT-IN: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
Written by Andrea David Pinkney
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney Read the rest of this entry
Are you ready for a brisk fall weekend?
That’s right…it’s FRIDAY!
And you know what that means—a Perfect Picture Book to review.
I mentioned last week that I’m writing a book about a boy who wants to play on his tablet more than anything else. He’s had enough of school, soccer, and all the other activities his mom wants him to do.
So when I found this awesome book, I knew it was another one I could use as a mentor text. And the funny thing is, even though I had never read it before, the activities the boy in this book wants to avoid, are pretty much the same ones as my main character. I guess that goes to show what many writing classes have taught me…there are only a couple of stories in the world. And my mission, should I choose to accept it (just saw Mission Impossible 4), is to put a unique spin or twist on it and tell it in my own voice.
THE RETIRED KID
Written and illustrated by Jon Agee Read the rest of this entry
Are you ready Perfect Picture Book Friday?
I found a book that our kids these days can definitely relate to. And since I’m writing a book about a boy who wants to play on his tablet more than anything else, I’m using it as a template text.
Written by Randi Zuckerberg
Illustrated by Joe Berger
Publisher: Harper (2013)
Themes: Life balance, electronics devices
“This is Dot. She knows a lot. She knows how to tap, to touch, to tweet, to tag.
Dot’s a spunky little girl well versed in electronic devices. Dot knows a lot. She knows how to tap . . . to swipe . . . to share . . . and she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her. Dot’s tech-savvy expertise, mingled with her resourceful imagination, proves Dot really does know lots and lots.
Why I like this book:
- Young kids will just about be able to read this by themselves.
- Simple language combines with bold fun illustrations
- Love the message of life balance – there is a place for electronic devices, but we mustn’t forget that kids need outdoor activities as well.
How a parent can use this book:
- Wonderful read aloud
- Great book to encourage listening and literacy skills
- Encourage discussion about enjoying all types of activities
Getting kids outside is really important. They need the fresh air and the large muscle movement that is hard to allow in the house. While you are outside with them, why not go on a leaf hunt. There will soon be plenty of leaves to collect. See how many different types you can find.
You will need: Piece of construction paper or cardboard, glue stick, leaves.
- Collect different size, shape and color leaves. (that’s a whole other lesson in categorizing)
- Let your child arrange the leaves on the paper.
- Glue each leaf in place.
- Hang up in a place of honor.
Does your child have a bulletin board or place where he can display his creative work? Even a fridge will work…all you need are some magnets.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.
If you are looking for more picture book reviews and activities, please stop by Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/09/perfect-picture-book-friday-how-sun-got.html