I looked at the calendar this morning and it said that today was Friday.
So that means that it’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review.
I’m taking part in Carrie Charley Brown’s ReFoReMo Challenge this month: http://www.carriecharleybrown.com/reforemo/reforemo-day-6-joyce-sweeney-applies-the-plot-clock
We are reading picture books and learning to use them as mentor texts. So you can imagine what my dining room table looks like – stacks of books all over the place – eating is over-rated anyway, right?
And of course, I’m still participating in Kristen Fulton’s 52 Weeks of Charting Non-Fiction: http://www.kristenfulton.org/dig-in/52-weeks-of-charting-nonfiction
So I’ve got several stacks of books for that as well.
Today’s Perfect Picture Book makes history come alive – exactly what we want a great children’s non-fiction picture book to do.
Title: Looking at Lincoln
Author and Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Publisher: Nancy Paulson Books (Penguin Young Readers – 2012)
Theme: Abraham Lincoln, slavery
Age Level: 5 and up
“One day, while walking through the park, on my way to breakfast, I saw a VERY TALL MAN. He reminded me of someone, but I could not think who.”
“Abraham Lincoln is one of the first giants of history children are introduced to. Lincoln’s legacy is everywhere – there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together.
But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife’s vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln’s remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.”
Why I like this book:
- For the above reasons…the author brings history alive – Lincoln becomes very real to us and to children.
- Wonderful illustrations full of action and bold color.
Lesson plans and other activities here: https://texasbluebonnetaward2014.wordpress.com/lincoln-related-activities/
PBS series on Lincoln here: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/linc10/
Moms and Dads, Teachers, Librarians and Fellow-writers: Don’t forget to hop over to Susanna’s Perfect Picture Book Friday: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/03/perfect-picture-book-friday-tuesday.html
And now for some great news!
If you remember, I participated in Christie Wild’s PB 14:14 Challenge. It was great fun to have an excuse to be reading picture books night and day (I’m working, honey). At the beginning of the challenge, Christie had promised there would be a bunch of wonderful prizes to be awarded – and guess what?
I won an incredible picture book critique with author Amy Dixon. Whoo-hoo! You can check out the other winners here. http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com/2015/03/pb-1414-in-2015-prize-day-and-list.html
The second piece of news is that I just packed up five copies of my book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (for the parents and child-care facilitators), along with five board books (for the kids). I’m sending them to the VNS of Iowa Storybook Project. I found out about this amazing initiative that gets books into the hands of kids who have none – check out this post from author A J Wright: www.ajschildrensbooks.com/2015/02/26/march-ing-books-to-kids
There is also a Facebook page if you want to find out more about this: https://www.facebook.com/PBPiO
And here are a few thoughts about why books are so important.
- Are the best gift you can give a kid, other than your time
- Can be shared anywhere, anytime…they are not just for bedtime.
- Create a bridge between generations – grandparents can read to grandchildren who live 1000’s of miles away…or the other way around…our amazing computer technology makes that possible.
- Help kids do better in school…research shows that children who are read to and have books as part of their lives and in their homes have more success in school and in life.
- Foster a child’s imagination and language development.
We just celebrated World Read Aloud Day – why not open a book and read it to your child – doing so will strengthen your connection with each other.
Have a wonderful weekend! Our snow if finally melting…and Saturday night is turn-back-the-clock time…HURRAY!