In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts and http://www.unleashingreaders.com for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! Yet another week enjoying beautiful books. I feel ever so lucky! And somehow, I find curriculum, PYP, Inquiry connections with all of these titles… I just love this life opportunity to explore amazing, creative people’s work. Nothing better… well, except for watching my son interact with the work… and enjoying family time… must be balanced! 🙂
Beautiful Picture Books:
Mooncakes by Loretta Seto, illustrated by Renne Benoit – This beautiful picture book has not one, not two, but three beautiful stories for celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival! We’re celebrating presently this week, perfect timing for this book to arrive, passing on to my Year 4 teaching team. Students are exploring celebrations and traditions around the world! The three beautiful stories are shared through a girl listening to her parents share the stories on their special evening… they also share moon cakes, drink tea, and watch the sky. I’m personally not fond of moon cakes. I’ve tried them… maybe I just haven’t met the right one yet. But I do appreciate the beauty of this tradition! Goodreads Summary: “Mooncakes is the lyrical story of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents. As they eat mooncakes, drink tea and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman’s journey to eternal life. With a gentle focus on the importance of family, Mooncakes is a perfect book for parent and child to read together, while its educational aspect makes it ideal for school libraries that wish to provide an insight into a unique cultural holiday.”
W is for World – A Round-The-World ABC in Association with OXFAM – 2009 – Beautiful ABC book where you meet children all around the world. Fantastic world awareness through the book and child advocacy. Can be read on many levels. Goodreads Summary: “From Alfredo, Arturo, and Agostino in Mozambique to Zoe in Jamaica, W Is for World explores the lives of children across the globe. Each letter is shown in upper- and lowercase, with a word like kite or lamps or Grandfather, followed by what that word means in a particular country and a photograph. Featuring over 20 countries from Greenland to Vietnam, the book shows how different the world may look to people of different backgrounds, and yet how many things diverse cultures share. Kathryn Cave’s simple text and the compelling color photographs from the relief agency Oxfam make this a distinctive alphabet book.”
Video connected with Oxfam:
Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw – This book won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. I just loved how children communicated back and forth noting what was similar and different about their lives… Such gorgeous illustrations as well. Perfect repetition of lines and quite the respectful approach to multicultural awareness. Goodreads Summary: “Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different!
Through an inviting point-of-view and colorful, vivid illustrations, this story shows how two boys living oceans apart can be the best of friends.”
Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk – My lovely teacher librarian friend Tanja told me about this book and I’ve anticipated reading it for so long… no disappointment here! This is one of those books that translates to class projects, student conversations about friendship, and a load of laughter. Beautiful message… Goodreads Summary: “Rabbit just adores his friend Pig. So he is excited to make a list of all the things he loves about Pig. And who better to help him write the list than Pig himself? But Pig is busy, and keeps sending Rabbit away. But no matter what Pig does, Rabbit is inspired to add another thing to his list. When Pig says, Rabbit, I’m starting to lose my patience!” Rabbit has #6—I love Pig because he’s not afraid to show his feelings!” Fortunately, Pig’s dwindling patience is rewarded when Rabbit completes his list—and the two realize exactly why they are such good pals.”
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson – Do you love Press Here? You will adore Tap the Magic Tree. Perfect fall/seasonal story in addition to fantastic interaction with the book… taping, blowing, shaking, etc. Goodreads Summary: “Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss. Innovative and timeless,Make Tree Magic asks you to help one lonely tree change with the seasons. Now that’s interactive—and magical! It begins with a bare brown tree. But tap that tree, turn the page, and one bright green leaf has sprouted! Tap again—one, two, three, four—and four more leaves have grown on the next page. Pat, clap, wiggle, jiggle, and see blossoms bloom, apples grow, and the leaves swirl away with the autumn breeze.”
How To by Julie Morstad – Inquiry, curiosity, creativity exploration at its finest. Beautiful new picture book. Ideal for beginning discussions on new research… Goodreads Summary: “This imaginative ‘how to’ book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including ‘how to wonder’, ‘how to see the breeze’, and ‘how to be brave’. With text and images by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will be beloved by all ages. How to read this book? That is up to you!”
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown – I love Mr. Tiger. I love the message passed along. I love the illustrations. I love the creativity. I love the independence and confidence. I love the courageous nature of Mr. Tiger. I love Mr. Tiger. Hope I didn’t give away anything… Goodreads Summary: “Are you bored with being so proper?
Do you want to have more fun?
Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild.
But does he go too far?
From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there’s a time and place for everything…even going wild.”
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein– Fantasy/Mystery, 4th grade and up – I’d partner this book with many mystery adventures including Patrick Carman’s Floors series and The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. I was amused throughout this book by the children’s literature references and dewey decimal number connections in addition to simply imagining a library like the one that Chris Grabenstein has created. I’m looking forward to handing this book to a few specific readers but I’m not certain if I’ll have overall appeal for children with this book in comparison to others I’ve read recently. Great story with fun pacing and mystery… but just not certain that some of my readers will enjoy reading through the book as much as I have… Goodreads Summary: “Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.
Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.
In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.”
Have you seen this fantastic “Ask a Librarian” graphic created by Betsy Bird? It is fabulous!! I am quite inspired by this and hope to create one as well… with my own favorites, perhaps with a few world awareness books, etc… fantastic.
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