Monday, January 28, 2013

The North Wind Blows!

January Book Order:

I have to list my favorite first!

Looking for a “hip and hilarious fable perfect for wintertime” picture book?

Rabbit loves the winter. He knows a dance, using a traditional Iroquois drum and song, to make it snow--even in springtime! The other animals of the forest don't want early snow, but Rabbit doesn't listen to them. Instead, he sings and dances until more and more snow falls. But how much snow is too much, and will Rabbit know when to stop?

Rabbit’s Snow Dance by Joseph Bruchac
Illustrations by Jeff Newman

This stylish and oh-so-funny story is a modern take on a traditional Native American fable from master storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac.

The illustrations have loads of child appeal too!  And I have to share part of Rabbit's snow song because it's too cute:

Thump! Thump!
Thump! Thump!
"YO, YO, YO!"
"YO, YO, YO!"

Next up...

Ezra Jack Keats' beloved picture book, The Snowy Day, didn't just win the Caldecott Medal, achieve great critical success, and sell millions of copies. It also transformed children's literature forever with its no-fuss portrayal of an African-American child and its modern art-inspired collage style of illustration.

So sweet!

(Click here for a museum tour, activities and downloads.)

And here's another Golden Book. One can never have too many:

How Do Penguins Play? by Elizabeth Dombey
Illustrations by David Walker

This playful rhyming Little Golden Book asks, "How do penguins play?" Children will delight in watching bear cubs, seals, penguins, monkeys, and other animal friends frolicking joyfully with each other. Adorable pastel illustrations show these animals playing king-of-the-hill, keep away, and other fun and familiar games.

Ten On the Sled by Kim Norman
Illustrations by Liza Woodruff

In the land of the midnight sun, all the animals are having fun speeding down the hill on Caribou's sled. But as they go faster and faster, Seal, Hare, Walrus, and the others all fall off…until just Caribou's left, only and lonely. Now, a reindeer likes flying-but never alone, so…one through ten, all leap on again!

An ideal picture book for reading-and singing along with-over and over.

We've read this picture book at least fifty times and still love it. The text is so much fun:

There were TEN on the sled
and the caribou said,
"Slip over! Slide over!"
So they all slid over,
and Seal spilled out.

(Fun illustrations too!)

I've been watching my grandson for three years now. We read the same bedtime stories every day, Tuck Me In by Dean Hacohen and Llama Llama Nighty-Night by Anna Dewdney. I decided to jazz up our routine with something new:

Bears in Beds by Shirley Parenteau
Illustrations by David Walker

It’s time for Big Brown Bear to tuck all four little bears into their beds. Then he’s ready to climb into his own bed and turn out the light. Five warm beds, holding five sleepy bears, until a sound goes whoosh in the middle of the night, and all the bears wake up in a fright. Will they ever get back into bed? Luckily, Big Brown Bear knows just what to do! A fun, rhyming read-aloud that parents will love and tired little cubs will be happy to snuggle up with.

(Super sweet story!)

And this one:

The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Illustrations by Don Wood

A restless flea manages to wake up everyone in the house who was sleeping, including a mouse, cat, dog, boy, and his grandmother.

(The funniest illustrations ever!)

But my plan had a surprising twist.  Now we read FOUR books at naptime:


Note: I'll be sharing highlights from the 2013 SCBWI Florida Regional Conference later this week.

Stay tuned...

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