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Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. The year is winding down, but the windfall of fabulous picture books of 2018 is not. And the author of today’s book is offering a VERY special giveaway: a Picture Book Critique OR the first 10 pages of a novel.
FINDING A DOVE FOR GRAMPS
Written by Lisa Amstutz
Illustrated by Maria Luisa Di Gravio
Published by Albert Whitman (November 2018)
Themes: Christmas Bird Count, family, persistance
Synopsis: From Amazon:
“A boy and his mom continue the family tradition of participating in the annual bird count. Since Gramps went South for the winter, the boy hopes to spot Gramps’s favorite bird for him—a dove! But with so many different birds in the nature preserve, will he be able to spot one? This heart-warming family story about nature celebrates a holiday census that was first started in 1900 and happens every year.”
Why I like this book:
- I’ve always been fascinated with the Christmas Bird Count…and I was thrilled to see there is a new picture book that will introduce young children to this.
- Bold illustrations draw the reader into the story.
- I loved that the family is helping the young boy keep his connection with his Gramps strong, even though he is not living close by any more.
Make a cool bird feeder, but just remember that if you make a habit of feeding birds, they may come to depend on it and if you don’t follow through in the winter, they may not be able to find food elsewhere. For detailed instructions: https://adayinourshoes.com/backyard-bird-feeders-and-bird-watching-activities-for-kids/
Find out more about the Christmas Bird Count and how it started: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/history-christmas-bird-count
Lisa Amstutz, the author of FINDING A DOVE FOR GRAMPS, has a wonderful website with activities for teachers: http://www.lisaamstutz.com/for-teachers.html
And please remember that the best gift we can give our favorite authors is to
- Buy their books
- Write reviews
- Tell friends about the book
- Ask your local library to purchase it for their collection
I hope you all enjoy the weekend. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway. I’ll be flying to Chicago tomorrow morning to spend the week with family, so I’m wishing all of you a very Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
I’m a big fan of Laura Gehl’s books. And so are lots of kids. Especially One Big Pair of Underwear! So, when I heard that Laura had a brand-new picture book releasing next year, I knew I’d want to spread the word. And guess what?
I get to do the COVER REVEAL!
Welcome to the world, DIBS!
Wriiten by Laura Gehl
llustrated by Marcin Piwowarski
Published by Carolrhoda – May 2019
And here’s a little taste of the fun that’s in store for you:
Julian likes to call “DIBS!” on everything he wants, from the solar system plate to the last star cookie. His baby brother Clancy watches and learns. Then one day Clancy says his first word–
“DIBS!” It’s funny…until Clancy starts calling dibs on everything, from his parents’ bed to a real airplane to the White House. What’s next? Calling dibs on the moon?
Sure enough, Clancy calls dibs on NASA and blasts off into space! Julian is glad to have Earth all to himself…at first. But when Clancy doesn’t come back, Julian is worried–and lonely. Can he harness the power of dibs to rescue his little brother?
DIBS! flies into the world on May 7, 2019, but you can preorder now: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781512465327
Here’s a little bit about the genius behind DIBS!
Laura Gehl’s humorous picture books include One Big Pair of Underwear, the Peep and Egg series, My Pillow Keeps Moving, I Got a Chicken For My Birthday, and Delivery Bear. Although Laura has four children (one of whom inspired this book with his love of calling dibs), this is her first book about sibling rivalry. Is that because her children never fight? Or because their fighting drives all rational thoughts out of her head? You decide. Laura’s other releases coming up in 2019 include Except When They Don’t (Little Bee), Baby Oceanographer (HarperCollins), and Always Looking Up: The Story of Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman (Whitman). She can be found in Maryland calling “DIBS!” on the last brownie or the newest library book.
To connect with Laura or find out more about her books:
I don’t usually get to wish you all a wonderful week, since I’m usually posting on Friday and Saturday. But, since today is Tuesday, I can!
I hope your week is joyous and productive. And I’ll see you back here on Friday, for another perfect picture book from Lisa Amstrutz: Finding a Dove for Grandpa.