The Horn Book http://www.hbook.com Publications about books for children and young adults Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:05:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Week in Review, April 13th-17th http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/news/week-in-review-april-13th-17th/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/news/week-in-review-april-13th-17th/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:04:27 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48733 This week on hbook.com… Rebecca Stead will be back for the 2015 BGHB award announcements at BEA! Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger Not on our site, but worth a read: author Marion Dane Bauer on “The Payoff of a Lonely Childhood” (inspired by Roger’s March/April 2015 editorial “The Difference That Made Them“) Reviews of […]

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Rebecca Stead will be back for the 2015 BGHB award announcements at BEA!

Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger

Not on our site, but worth a read: author Marion Dane Bauer on “The Payoff of a Lonely Childhood” (inspired by Roger’s March/April 2015 editorial “The Difference That Made Them“)

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger:

Out of the Box:

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Update: Francisco and Robert Jiménez School http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/blogs/out-of-the-box/update-francisco-and-robert-jimenez-school/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/blogs/out-of-the-box/update-francisco-and-robert-jimenez-school/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:15:11 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48621 Back in February I interviewed my mom Gretchen, who’s an instructional aide in Southern California’s Santa Maria–Bonita School District, about her campaign to name the district’s newest elementary school in honor of Dr. Francisco Jiménez. Dr. Jiménez is an author, recipient of a 1998 BGHB Award, and an alum of the area’s schools. And, as […]

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jimenez_the circuitBack in February I interviewed my mom Gretchen, who’s an instructional aide in Southern California’s Santa Maria–Bonita School District, about her campaign to name the district’s newest elementary school in honor of Dr. Francisco Jiménez. Dr. Jiménez is an author, recipient of a 1998 BGHB Award, and an alum of the area’s schools. And, as he has poignantly chronicled in his book The Circuit and its sequels, he was a migrant farmworker child, like many of the district’s current students.

Who better, my mother asks, to recognize as a champion for these children than someone who has walked in their shoes?

Last night the school board’s naming committee met to hear spoken arguments for the three names on the short list of proposals, narrowed down from about eighty. The nomination for Dr. Jimenéz was combined with that for his late brother, Robert Jiménez — who also attended SMBSD schools and was a beloved employee of the district for decades. Bill Libbon worked with the Santa Maria Boys and Girls Club for forty years and recently retired from his position as its executive director. Santa Maria police officer Mark Riddering, who died of ALS in 2008, was instrumental in bringing the D.A.R.E. drug prevention program to Santa Maria schools. Choosing which of these influential community members to honor must have been difficult, but ultimately the committee unanimously voted to christen the new elementary school “Francisco and Robert Jiménez School.” The school will open in August.

Given that the school will have a dual immersion English/Spanish program, it seems especially fitting to name it after the Jiménez brothers. As Spanish speakers in English-only schools, and with their education spotty due to their many moves, their English bilingualism was hard-won.

It’s also good timing to celebrate both brothers, honoring the memory of Robert Jiménez (who passed away in December) and the literary accomplishments of Francisco Jiménez (whose fourth memoir series entry, Taking Hold, pubbed last week.)

Congratulations to the Jiménez family!

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Review of Fiete: A Day on the Farm app http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/choosing-books/app-review-of-the-week/review-of-fiete-a-day-on-the-farm-app/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/choosing-books/app-review-of-the-week/review-of-fiete-a-day-on-the-farm-app/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:05:31 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48618 In Fiete: A Day on the Farm (German developer Ahoiii, December 2014), children help sailor Fiete — star of his own previous, self-titled app — and his farmer friends, Hein and Hinnerk, throughout their busy day. The home screen shows the three in a boat. The sky is blue, the hills are rolling, the birds […]

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fiete on the farm menuIn Fiete: A Day on the Farm (German developer Ahoiii, December 2014), children help sailor Fiete — star of his own previous, self-titled app — and his farmer friends, Hein and Hinnerk, throughout their busy day. The home screen shows the three in a boat. The sky is blue, the hills are rolling, the birds are chirping. Entering the app, it’s early morning; there’s a lit lighthouse in the background, and the boat is gently rocking. Touch the large alarm clock icon and you’re taken to the sleeping men’s bedroom — it’s time to wake them up (their gentle snores are audible along with the ticking alarm clock and birds; it’s really quite peaceful). There are no instructions, so you have to figure out what to do. Swiping at each farmer a couple of times seems to do the trick — each wakes up smiling and ready to start the day. First task completed!

You’re taken back to the early-morning landscape where, swiping horizontally, the sun rises in the background and a rooster crows. The farmers are outside and on the dock (they give you a wave).

fiete on the farm dawn

Touch the rooster to complete the next task: gathering eggs. Swipe a hen to get her to stand up, then use your finger to guide the egg down into an outstretched farmer’s hand (if you miss, the egg falls, crack, but to no ill effect).

Next it’s activities such as virtually pulling carrots, shearing sheep (fun!), sawing a tree trunk with Fiete (really fun!), picking apples (and rescuing a cat from the apple tree), milking a cow (in all honesty, a little weird), and, finally, loading each of the items into its proper delivery truck at the end of the day before settling in around a campfire.

fiete on the farm sheep

There are no written instructions anywhere in this “intuitive interactive app,” but it’s pretty easy to get the hang of things. It’s all very low-key and low-stress; the sound effects are quiet nature noises, and background movement is generally of the gentle swaying-in-the-breeze variety. The visuals are all rounded shapes and subdued colors (until the glorious pink sunset); it looks like the digital equivalent of cut-paper collage, with a bit of European edge to keep things from being too sleepy and bucolic. Wherever Fiete goes next, digitally, little kids will likely want to follow.

Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (requires iOS 4.3 or later), and Android devices; $2.99. Recommended for preschool users.

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Hubbub 2015 http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/blogs/out-of-the-box/hubbub-2015/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/blogs/out-of-the-box/hubbub-2015/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:51:32 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48470 This year the Boston Book Festival* is putting on a children’s festival, Hubbub, on June 20, 2015. Billed as “Creative Commotion for Kids,” the fest includes author/illustrator events (headliner: Mo Willems!), kid music (Dan Zanes and Friends), games, puppets, hands-on science activities, stilt-walkers, and more. Yesterday I sat on a panel for the event with […]

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hb_logo_lgThis year the Boston Book Festival* is putting on a children’s festival, Hubbub, on June 20, 2015. Billed as “Creative Commotion for Kids,” the fest includes author/illustrator events (headliner: Mo Willems!), kid music (Dan Zanes and Friends), games, puppets, hands-on science activities, stilt-walkers, and more.

Yesterday I sat on a panel for the event with the distinguished Megan Dowd Lambert, senior lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons College, whose picture book A Crow of His Own, illustrated by David Hyde Costello — and with gay farmers! — pubbed that day, plus she brought her seven-week-old baby; and the esteemed Laura Koenig, children’s services team leader, Central Library Boston Public Library (I want to go to there). The topic was “Under the Radar.” Each panelist presented favorite books, past and upcoming, that make us want to talk about ‘em, followed by a lively Q&A session that touched on early chapter books, board-books-to-picture-books (three recommended authors: Karen Katz, Rosemary Wells, Helen Oxenbury), and digital media.

For your pleasure, here are three booklists from the event:

Books in the Home, from My Home to Yours by Megan Dowd Lambert

Elissa’s List: A Few of Kids’ Favorite Things: Dinosaurs, Vehicles, Princesses, Animals, Siblings, Diverse Books, and more

Laura’s Favorites: With reviews from The Horn Book Guide Online

And we’ve got resources:

Reviews of the 2015 ALA Award winners, including Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Theodore Seuss Geisel (awarded to beginning readers)

Reviews of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners and winners’ speeches

The Horn Book Magazine article “Safe Passages: What Makes a Good Early-Expert-Reader Book?”

Our App Review of the Week (including that mind-blowing David Wiesner app, “Spot”)

The event took place at the opulent Four Seasons Hotel. Here are some pictures. Oh, and on the way out we ran into David Ortiz. No biggie.

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*Save the date for the Boston Book Festival: October 23-24, 2015

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Laura Koenig Hubbub booklist http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/choosing-books/laura-koenig-hubbub-booklist/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/choosing-books/laura-koenig-hubbub-booklist/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:33:40 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48561 Reviews are from The Horn Book Guide Online Ashman, Linda  Rain! 32 pp. Houghton 2013. ISBN 978-0-547-73395-1 Gr. K-3 Illustrated by Christian Robinson. A grumpy elderly man resents the rain (“Dang puddle”); meanwhile, his young neighbor is overjoyed by it (“It’s raining frogs and pollywogs!”). They both end up at a café, where the boy […]

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Reviews are from The Horn Book Guide Online

Ashman, Linda  Rain!
32 pp. Houghton 2013. ISBN 978-0-547-73395-1
Gr. K-3 Illustrated by Christian Robinson. A grumpy elderly man resents the rain (“Dang puddle”); meanwhile, his young neighbor is overjoyed by it (“It’s raining frogs and pollywogs!”). They both end up at a café, where the boy seizes an opportunity for friendship. This is a wholly fresh story told through short dialogue quips and paint and collage illustrations with remarkably expressive human faces.
Subjects: Picture Books; Neighbors; Weather–Rain; Mood (Psychology); Intergenerational friendship

Boyd, Lizi  Flashlight
40 pp. Chronicle 2014. ISBN 978-1-4521-1894-9
(Preschool) Silvery-gray gouache illustrations on thick black pages set the tone for this nighttime nature walk. A boy trains his flashlight on various items, making full-color details visible in its arc. Small die-cuts and occasional spots of color highlight other details. In a gently fantastical turn, the animals he’s been observing use the flashlight to get him safely back. An inventive wordless offering.
Subjects: Preschool; Animals; Night; Light; Nature; Wordless books

Hanlon, Abby  Dory Fantasmagory
153 pp. Dial 2014. ISBN 978-0-8037-4088-4
Gr. 1-3 All Dory, or “Rascal” as her older siblings call her, wants is to play with her brother and sister. What follows is a wild adventure with a robber, monsters, fairy godmothers, and more–all orchestrated by Dory’s fantastic imagination. The frequent kidlike illustrations integrate seamlessly with the text, adding another layer of madcap humor. Try this as a lively group read-aloud.
Subjects: Younger Fiction; Imagination; Chapter books; Family–Siblings; Play

O’Connor, George  If I Had a Raptor
32 pp. Candlewick 2014. ISBN 978-0-7636-6012-3
Gr. K-3 A girl with big, poofy pigtails describes what life would be like with a pet raptor. Readers will relish looking around the narrative at what’s really happening: while the girl’s tone stays chipper, the high-spirited illustrations show that Life with Raptor, who gets bigger as the story progresses, wouldn’t be a breeze (note the scattered homework and half-eaten armchair).
Subjects: Picture Books; Prehistoric life–Dinosaurs; Pets; Humorous stories

Taylor, Sean  Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise
48 pp. Candlewick 2015. ISBN 978-0-7636-7578-3
(Preschool) Illustrated by Jean Jullien. Review to come

Thomas, Jan  Rhyming Dust Bunnies
40 pp. Atheneum 2009. ISBN 978-1-4169-7976-0
(Preschool) Dust bunnies Ed, Ted, and Ned are frustrated by Bob’s apparent inability to rhyme (“No, Bob…’LOOK OUT!’ does not rhyme with bug”). But Bob is actually warning them of danger: a broom-wielding (human) monster. The goofiness of both the speech-bubble text and illustrations in solid, bright colors with thick black lines will make preschoolers giggle while they’re correcting Bob’s “errors.”
Subjects: Preschool; Language; Humorous stories

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Laura Koenig is Children’s Services Team Leader, Central Library Boston Public Library.

 

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Money, money, money, money http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/blogs/out-of-the-box/money-money-money-money/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/blogs/out-of-the-box/money-money-money-money/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:58:59 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48547 The up side of Tax Day? It’s a good opportunity to talk to kids about developing smart money sense. (Check out this successful young entrepreneur!) These engaging nonfiction books on the history of money and money management, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, should help. Picture Books Why does everybody […]

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The up side of Tax Day? It’s a good opportunity to talk to kids about developing smart money sense. (Check out this successful young entrepreneur!) These engaging nonfiction books on the history of money and money management, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, should help.

Picture Books

adler_money madnessWhy does everybody want money? And what did people do before it existed? Money Madness, David A. Adler’s picture-book look at money, is direct, concise, and surprisingly humorous. After discussing bartering and early forms of money, Adler compares the value of different currencies and touches on deflation/inflation. Throughout Edward Miller’s crisp computer-generated illustrations, Uncle Sam and others expand on the informative text. (Holiday, 2009)

jenkins_lemonade in winterIn Emily Jenkins‘s engaging story and math lesson Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money, two siblings try to capture the summer magic of a lemonade stand on a frigid, snowy day. Pauline and John-John search for quarters, shop for groceries, and entice customers. G. Brian Karas’s pencil-and-ink drawings reflect the feeling and color of winter; the brightness of the limeade and lemonade contrast with the otherwise muted surroundings. (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)

reid_lots and lots of coinsA boy talks about his father’s coin collection and what he and Dad have learned in pursuit of this hobby in Margarette S. Reid’s Lots and Lots of Coins. Friendly text discusses money’s history, the U.S. mint, what coins are made of, the value of collected coins, some U.S. history, and games to play with spare change. The lively pages combine text, True Kelley’s cartoonlike illustrations, and diagrams. (Dutton, 2011)

 

 

Intermediate

bernstein_betterlemonade_200x300In 1992, when Daryl Bernstein was fifteen, he wrote the first edition of Better than a Lemonade Stand!: Small Business Ideas for Kids based on his own experience as a young entrepreneur. Twenty years later, he updated the package to incorporate contemporary technology and cautions. Fifty-five business ideas are presented with suggestions and tips on supplies, pricing, advertising, and more. One-page profiles introduce actual “kid entrepreneurs” and their ventures. This edition illustrated by Rob Husberg. (Simon/Aladdin, 2012)

furgang_everything moneyBrimming with information and packed with photos, Kathy Furgang’s almanac-style book Everything Money: A Wealth of Facts, Photos, and Fun! provides many facts about money. From the processes of earning, saving, raising, and spending money to paper-money origami and money scams, this book covers it all. Sidebars by archaeologist Fred Hiebert discuss currency uncovered by archaeological digs and what it could say about a culture. (National Geographic, 2013)

jenkins_history of moneyIn The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking, sixteen brief chapters present an overview of money — the whys and hows of its development, different items that have been employed as currency — from ancient times to today. Although the ideas are challenging, each follows naturally from the one before. Author Martin Jenkins succeeds in presenting challenging ideas; Satoshi Kitamura’s tidy watercolors (spot art and panel illustrations) add humor and help illustrate the concepts. (Candlewick, 2014)

 

Older

roderick_centsibilityStacey Roderick and Ellen Warwick’s Centsibility [Planet Girl series] presents handy methods for managing money: “how to make it, save it, spend it and share it.” Chapters are broken down into subsections (“Mizz Bizz,” “Bank on it”), which are peppered with quizzes and craft projects to keep readers engaged. Hipster illustrations by Monika Melnychuk and references may become dated, but the book’s sound advice is both practical and approachable. (Kids Can, 2008)

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Sally M. Walker on Winnie http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/authors-illustrators/sally-m-walker-on-winnie/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/authors-illustrators/sally-m-walker-on-winnie/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:00:35 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48433 In our March/April 2015 issue, Shoshana Flax chatted to author Sally M. Walker about the spark behind her new nonfiction book, Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh. Read the review of Winnie here. Shoshana Flax: What inspired your Winnie-the-Pooh research? Sally M. Walker: I enjoyed reading Winnie-the-Pooh as a […]

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In our March/April 2015 issue, Shoshana Flax chatted to author Sally M. Walker about the spark behind her new nonfiction book, Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh. Read the review of Winnie here.

Shoshana Flax: What inspired your Winnie-the-Pooh research?

Sally M. Walker: I enjoyed reading Winnie-the-Pooh as a child. As an adult, I was inspired by the prospect of a research adventure that promised a great story. Researching Harry and Winnie’s story combined three of my “loves”: history, animals, and nonfiction. Reading Harry’s wartime diary and visiting Winnie’s home at the London Zoo were two very different, yet equally awesome, journeys.

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Review of Winnie http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/choosing-books/review-of-the-week/review-of-winnie/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/choosing-books/review-of-the-week/review-of-winnie/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48431 Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker; illus. by Jonathan D. Voss Primary   Holt   32 pp. 1/15   978-0-8050-9715-3   $17.99 A real bear plays a part in Winnie-the-Pooh’s origin story: at the London Zoo, a bear named Winnie made such a strong impression on young Christopher Milne that he […]

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walker_winnieWinnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
by Sally M. Walker; illus. by Jonathan D. Voss
Primary   Holt   32 pp.
1/15   978-0-8050-9715-3   $17.99

A real bear plays a part in Winnie-the-Pooh’s origin story: at the London Zoo, a bear named Winnie made such a strong impression on young Christopher Milne that he renamed his stuffed bear in her honor. This is Winnie’s story. When Canadian military veterinarian Harry Coleburn saw a black bear cub for sale on a train-station platform, he bought her on a whim, naming her Winnipeg after his regiment’s hometown. The bear became Harry’s constant companion and the regiment’s mascot. As she grew, she remained gentle and affectionate with everyone but was particularly attached to Harry, traveling with him to England. When Harry was deployed to the front in France, he made the difficult decision to give her to the London Zoo. Unsurprisingly, she became a favorite with the zoo’s staff, who realized she was tame enough to allow children to meet her up close and even feed her. Walker’s short, descriptive text provides the essentials of the story, and Voss’s watercolor illustrations portray the unusual situation with a mix of realism and humor. Endpapers display photos of Harry, the real Winnie, and Christopher and A. A. Milne; an author’s note, sources, and websites are also included.

From the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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Elissa’s Hubbub booklist http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/choosing-books/elissas-hubbub-booklist/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/choosing-books/elissas-hubbub-booklist/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:38:59 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48499 New Jon Agee: It’s Only Stanley Cece Bell: I Yam a Donkey Raúl Colón: Draw! Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora: Wolfie the Bunny Marla Frazee: The Famer and the Clown Chris Haughton: Shh! We Have a Plan Daniel Miyares: Float   #We Need Diverse Books Selina Alko and Sean Qualls: The Case for Loving: The […]

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Jon Agee: It’s Only Stanley

Cece Bell: I Yam a Donkey

Raúl Colón: Draw!

Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora: Wolfie the Bunny

Marla Frazee: The Famer and the Clown

Chris Haughton: Shh! We Have a Plan

Daniel Miyares: Float

 

#We Need Diverse Books

Selina Alko and Sean Qualls: The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

Atinuke: Anna Hibiscus series (chapter books and picture books)

Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock: My Grandfather’s Coat

Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers: Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance like the Firebird

Matt de la Peña: Last Stop on Market Street

Susan Middleton Elya and Susan Guevara: Little Roja Riding Hood

Margarita Engle and Rafael López: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

Karen English and Laura Freeman: Nikki and Deja series and Carver Chronicles series (chapter books)

Lenore Look and LeUyen Pham: Alvin Ho series (chapter books)

Dušan Petričić: My Family Tree and Me

 

Dinosaurs

Chris Gall: Dinotrux

Julia Liu: Gus, the Dinosaur Bus

Bob Shea: Dinosaur vs. (Bedtime, School, The Library, Santa, Mommy)

Mo Willems: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Mo Willems: Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct

Jane Yolen and Mark Teague: How Do Dinosaurs…? books

 

Vehicles

Byron Barton: My Car, My Bus, My Bike; Trains, Boats, etc.

Brian Biggs: Everything Goes… series

Donald Crews: Freight Train (classic)

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann: Bulldozer’s Big Day

Brian Floca: Locomotive (2014 Caldecott winner)

Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Stephen Savage: Supertruck

Richard Scarry: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (classic)

Alice Schertle: Little Blue Truck

 

New Siblings

Lauren Child: The New Small Person

Olivier Dunrea: Gemma & Gus

Maripat Perkins and Molly Idle: Rodeo Red

Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall: Pecan Pie Baby

 

Princesses

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale: The Princess in Black (chapter book)

Mary Hoffman: Princess Grace

Taro Miura: The Big Princess

Robert Munsch: The Paper Bag Princess (classic)

 

Easy Readers

Dosh Archer: Urgency Emergency! series

Tedd Arnold: Fly Guy series

Philippe Coudray: Benjamin Bear series (comics)

Kevin Henkes: Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Penny and Her Marble, etc.

Mo Willems: Elephant and Piggie series, Cat the Cat series, etc.

 

Animals (nonfiction)

Katherine Applegate: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Nic Bishop: Frogs, Spiders, Snakes, and many others

Nicola Davies: Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Steve Jenkins: The Animal Book and many others

Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth: Parrots over Puerto Rico

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Megan Dowd Lambert Hubbub booklist http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/using-books/home/megan-down-lambert-hubbub-booklist/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/04/using-books/home/megan-down-lambert-hubbub-booklist/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:32:03 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48477 Books in the Home, from My Home to Yours Megan Dowd Lambert megan.lambert@simmons.edu Boston Book Fest Hubbub, The Four Seasons, Boston, MA 4/14/2015 Selected Books about Books and Reading Bottner, Barbara Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t), illustrated by Michael Emberley Gerstein, Mordicai A Book Gravett, Emily Again! Klausmeier, Jesse Open This Little Book, […]

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Books in the Home, from My Home to Yours
Megan Dowd Lambert megan.lambert@simmons.edu
Boston Book Fest Hubbub, The Four Seasons, Boston, MA 4/14/2015

Selected Books about Books and Reading

Bottner, Barbara Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t), illustrated by Michael Emberley

Gerstein, Mordicai A Book

Gravett, Emily Again!

Klausmeier, Jesse Open This Little Book, illustrated by Suzy Lee

Lehman, Barbara The Red Book

Mack, Jeff Look!

Novak, B.J. The Book with No Pictures

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories

Smith, Lane It’s a Book and It’s a Little Book

Stein, David Ezra Interrupting Chicken

Stewart, Sarah The Library, illustrated by David Small

Willems, Mo Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!

 

Dr. Seuss’s I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

Willems, Mo We Are in a Book

Scieszka, Jon Summer Reading Is Killing Me, illustrated by Lane Smith

 

Selected Over- and Under-the-Radar Chapter Books
I’ve Loved Reading Aloud with My Kids

Cleary, Beverly Ramona the Brave

dePaola, Tomie 26 Fairmont Avenue

Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Gannett, Ruth Stiles My Father’s Dragon

Lai, Thanhha Inside Out and Back Again

Palacio, RJ Wonder

Wilder, Laura Ingalls Little House in the Big Woods

 

Babbitt, Natalie The Search for Delicious

Cassedy, Sylvia Behind the Attic Wall

Cooper Susan The Magician’s Boy

Jarrell, Randall The Animal Family

LeGuin, Ursula Catwings

Rhodes, Jewell Parker Ninth Ward

Schlitz, Laura Amy The Night Fairy

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A senior lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons College, Megan Dowd Lambert writes and reviews for Kirkus Reviews and the Horn Book. For nearly ten years she worked in the Education Department of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and in 2015 she published her debut picturebook, A Crow of His Own, illustrated by David Hyde Costello. Her book, Reading Picturebooks with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See, which introduces her Whole Book Approach storytime method, will be published by Charlesbridge Publishing on November 3, 2015. Megan lives with her family, including six children, in Amherst, MA.

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