Posts Tagged ‘picture books’

Say Hello

Last week I mentioned the importance of keeping a writing schedule.  Well, here’s the TRUTH in hardback.  

Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

You see, my schedule actually revolves around Millie, my dog.  Yep, she’s in charge and she knows it.

Dog owners will certainly relate to this fun story.  It’s about Mister Bud who sets his own household schedule. 

That is, until Zorro a.k.a Trouble shows up at the front door.

The front cover gives this one away–just look at those adorable faces–and that’s just what you’ll find throughout the pages.

This Week’s Read Aloud

Here is my latest find from a trip to the library:

How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson

I found myself chuckling with each turn of the page. 

Here’s why:

  • Illustrations –The personified slug images are hilarious–a must see to appreciate.  
  • Familiar–the story refers to some very familiar book titles we all remember reading–but of course in Slug style– example: The Poky Little Slug.
  • Great Teachable Moments–If you teach the early grades, this would be a great beginning-of-the-year read aloud to excite your students about learning.  The story really does go through the steps of learning to readAND  It’s also a great read for teaching point of view–after all, you’re teaching a slug to read here.  How’s that for a different perspective?

Visit your local library to find your next treasure.–Happy Reading!

This Week’s Library Treasure

Here is my latest find from a trip to the library:

The Woods by Paul Hoppe

A kid dressed in his pjs wearing a cape and carrying a sword, while eyes watch from the deep dark woods–the cover alone signals a great bedtime story–and YES, it delivers one.

Here’s why:

  • Illustrations and Paper–the illustrations and the feel of the paper (not glossy, a rougher texture) set the tone for a dreamy-in-the-woods story
  • Page Turner Tool–the story uses the until. . . method, creating the need to find out what’s next  You may feel this method has been overdone, but it works well in this story.
  • Comfort Quality–Although kids will anticipate a scare, the main character uses his imagination to conquer his fears.  AND  The tone is fun and doesn’t leave the kid with scary thoughts–If you’ve ever experienced a kid who’s afraid of the dark, you know why this is important for a bedtime story.
  • For me, A Sweet Memory–reminds me of my own favorite childhood book, I’ll Protect You from the Jungle Beasts by Martha Alexander.