Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. Before I share not one, not two, but three wonderful books that address the topic of sibling rivalry…I want to encourage you to hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog where you will find many other awesome picture book reviews. AND, if you are an illustrator or an aspiring one, please check out her NEW Illustrator Contest.
I also want to give a shout-out to Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo, a month-long challenge for those who want to/love to write rhyming picture books. Every day, Angie’s blog has a post that is a complete workshop in itself…with Golden Quill guests who share information and inspiration. I’ve always loved poetry…Angie’s posts are like a college course…deeply examining the subject and then relating it to writing picture books. The Facebook page interaction is amazing and so helpful. As of today, there are 200 participants registered! The critique groups that were formed at the beginning of the month are proving to be incredibly supportive. Even if you didn’t sign up before…or you don’t think you can participate fully, please check out the blog posts…each one is worth its weight in gold!
And now to our picture book review!
When I first started blogging, most of my posts were geared towards parents with young children. In past year or so, since I’ve been so actively involved in writing (and learning how to write) picture books, many of my posts have had a more ‘writerly’ emphasis. But the Building Self-Esteem Using Picture Books and Other Activities teleseminar I did on Wednesday, reminded me that parenting concerns are still number one with me. And, when you think about it, that’s one of the main reasons I want to write great picture books. With that in mind, here are three books that will bring a smile to any parent’s face…and will help older siblings deal with the difficult challenge of accepting and loving a younger brother or sister.
When I Was King
Written by Linda Ashman
Illustrated by David McPhail
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (2008)
Ages: 4 and up
Themes: Sibling rivalry
“Before you came, I owned the throne.
They trembled at my slightest moan.
I was the star, the prize, the king. . . .
But you have ruined everything.”
Welcoming a new baby brother or sister is not an easy thing to do. In this charming rhyme, an older brother complains and gripes about how things are different now that there is a new baby in the house. In the end, he decides the baby has some redeeming qualities…and perhaps he can share the throne.
Why I like this book:
- Bold vivid illustrations
- Wonderful message that even though it is normal to resent the attention a baby gets, we can find qualities about them that we do like
- Another gem from Linda Ashman…just love her books…and this one is illustrated by the incomparable David McPhail…and I just discovered that David lives in New Hampshire…maybe I will get to connect with him one day
- A perfect book for any older brother or sister
How a parent can use this book:
- Talk about how moms and dads have enough love for all their children
- Discuss why babies need special attention and how older brother or sister can help
- Encourage your child to express his feelings about the baby
I promised to tell you about two other books that address the same topic. These were read for the Rhyming Picture Book Month challenge. They are well worth reading to your children. The first one has bold illustrations and a rollicking verse…the second has almost no words…a perfect book for your child to look at and tell YOU the story.
Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt
Mine! By Shutta Crum
Every child needs to feel special…how about making your child prince or princess for a day. We posted this activity recently, but it is totally perfect for this book as well.
Here’s a quick and easy crown craft.
You will need: Construction paper, scissors, markers, glue.
- Cut a strip of construction paper…fit to your child’s head.
- Cut points along one edge.
- Cut out jewel shapes from construction paper and color with markers.
- Glue onto the crown.
- Staple the ends so the crown.
- Let the prince or princess decide what is for dessert and which story to read for bedtime.
For many more prince and princess crowns, please go to http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/princesscrown.html
PLEASE COME BACK ON MONDAY FOR MAKING PICTURE BOOK MAGIC
I’ll be giving some highlights from Susanna Leonard Hill’s incredible Making Picture Book Magic class which I took in February and also sharing an Author Illustrator Blog Hop