Can you feel the crispness in the air in the morning? We sure can here in New Hampshire. The kids are back in school. The trees are beginning to adorn themselves with crowns of scarlet and gold. But that beauty is tinged with sadness as we mourn the loss of two shining beacons in our kid lit world…Deirdre Sheridan Englehart and Anna Dewdney. They loved writing, they loved children…and we loved them.
On the writing front, I’ve been busy revising some of my manuscripts which will soon be winging their way to editors who will hopefully fall in love with them. Some of my time has been devoted to thinking about spreading the word my debut picture book, Sweet Dreams, Sarah. March 2017 is only six months away…it will be here before I know it. I would love to have a book blog tour in January and then another in March…if any of you would like to participate, please let me know. I’m also making tentative plans to attend several SCBWI conferences next year…definitely the NESCBWI in Massachusetts and hopefully, the NJSCBWI in New Jersey…and I am excited to see many of my writing friends. This year I had so much fun at the Wild Midwest SCBWI conference in Chicago.
And I also got to hug lots of writer friends at Kristen Fulton’s WOW Retreat in July.
Before I get to our Perfect Picture Book Friday review, we need to announce the winner of a copy of Jill Esbaum’s If a T-Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party. I wanted to thank Jill again for a fabulous interview…and thank all of you for your wonderful comments. You shared some incredible birthday surprises.
AND THE WINNER IS:
Congratulations, Angela…I loved hearing about how your husband surprised you with a big party and I’m glad you did enjoy it, even though you thought you wouldn’t…Angela, please email me with your address so I can get the book right out to you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now for today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick! September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. To every parent out there, please take advantage of all of the amazing resources and programs your local library provides. I loved the library when I was a kid…it was one of my favorite hangouts…our libraries are a national treasure! To kick off the celebration, I’m reposting one of my favorite books about libraries. And I’m giving away a copy of my own parent-teacher resource book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting, and Cooking. With one hundred picture book recommendations and lots of activities, it’s a perfect guide to deciding what picture books to take out of the library (many of the titles are the older classics) and a great help for busy parents. Just leave a comment and tell us about the most interesting library experience you or your kids ever had. We’ll announce the winner at the end of the month and I’ll share my experience on the night of the 1965 Blackout in New York City when I was stranded at my local library.
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise
Written by Jan Pinborough
Illustrated by Debby Atwell
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013)
Themes: Mighty girls, libraries, following your dream
“Once in a big house in Limerick, Maine, there lived a little girl names Annie Carroll Moore. She had large gray eyes, seven older brothers, and ideas of her own.”
From Amazon: “Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages.”
Why I love this book:
- First of all, I love libraries and have used them since I was a little girl. I was fascinated to find out that children were not allowed in libraries originally. And it was Miss Moore who campaigned for them to be able to take books out when they finally were admitted.
- This is a gentle story…a beautiful read aloud. It shows how a person can follow their dream and get things done.
- The illustrations are detailed, colorful, and perfect.
How parents can use this book:
- Wonderful story to enjoy with your children -lots of history woven into the pages.
- If your child doesn’t have a library card yet, PLEASE help them get one…libraries are one of the last and best free resources we have.
- Check out the various programs that are available at your local library…there are often story hours, activity programs, and even presentations and classes for aduts.
- Visit your local library
- Make a reading goal chart and let your child earn stickers for every book he reads. Plan activities, like a craft or cooking project, around the stories to enrich the learning experience.
This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities. Or cick here, and check out all the other super picture book reviews that were posted today.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, dear friends and readers. If you enjoyed the post, please share it on Facebook or Twitter or whatever social media channels you prefer. I’d love to get the word out about National Library Card Sign-up Month…let’s help every child gain access to the library.