Here are some of my favorite picture books that are all about reading picture books!
Lola Loves Stories is about how a book can inspire your imagination! Lola reads a book with her mom or dad and the next day she pretends to be the characters in the books that she loves! My favorite part is when she reads a book about friendship and then meet up with her friend Ben for cappuccinos!
How to Read a Story is a step by step guide on how to enjoy a great story. The book covers important steps like finding a great book, a perfect reading spot and someone to read with!
Duncan the Story Dragon is a great book written by a local author, who has visited my school library! Duncan is a dragon that loves to read, so much that his excitement causes him to breathe fire which as you can imagine is terrible for books! I read this one as an introduction to taking care of books.
The Book With No Pictures has truth in advertising, there are no pictures and shows kids a book can be just as entertaining without illustrations. Preschoolers often request this one because of the hilarious things that it makes the reader say!
We have a January event at the library called the “Wyverncott” which is our version of the Caldecott award (the Wyvern is our mascot). I pick four or five picture books from the previous year and my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students will read them through the month of January and then vote on their favorite. The winning illustrator will receive hand drawn Wyverncott medals (created by the 2nd grade) and hand written notes of congratulations from the 3rd grade. It has become a great tradition that kids look forward too!
Previous winners have been:
Christian Robinson for his work in Gaston
and Alina Chau for her work in Double Happiness
Here are the nominees for the 2017 Wyverncott!
I love all of these books so much, it is hard for me to pick a favorite, luckily I don’t have to vote! I will let you know how took home the prize!
Here are some of the books I am reading this week! It is the first week of school so I’ve pulled some great back to school books:
- Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson. A great boardbook that I think will be a hit with my preschool classes. There are a few words on each page and bright colorful pictures of all of the fun things kids get to do at school!
- If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff. A classic! Kids in my JK and K classes may have already read it but they will be excited to hear it again, or they may just recognize the same mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!
- First Grade, Here I Come! by Tony Johnston. There are so many “first day of Kindergarten” books out there so I am always on the lookout for similar books for different grades. This is a rhyming book with great pictures that could be used for a lot of back to school discussions!
- School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex. 2nd and 3rd graders will hear the story of a brand new school that is nervous about the kids that are going to coming for the first time the next day. This is one of my favorites. I love the story, the fact that the school in the book is Frederick Douglass Elementary School and the illustrations! Christian Robinson is one of my favorite illustrators and has the greatest projects!
I have been living in Louisville for a year and a half and I haven’t stopped by the zoo yet! I thought that a not-too-cold day in the winter would be a good time to come by and I was right! It wasn’t very crowded with people, the animals were out and running around because of the cold and you get to see some animals that are usually hiding like the snow leopard.
The zoo is also a great place to get some steps in, they even mark out a mile loop for you. I live close enough that I am considering getting a membership just so I have a place to take some interesting walks/runs when it gets warmer outside! I also realized what my favorite animal is (something that comes up more than you would think while working in an elementary school) a FLAMINGO! I love the color AND their diet is mainly shrimp. Loved ones that have seen me fill a plate with only shrimp at a buffet get this. It is no surprise that one of my favorite picture books is Flora and the Flamingo:
Molly Idle’s wordless picture book about a girl having a dance off with a Flamingo. Yes. Please.
Other picture books I like about animals and more specifically about zoos are:
Wild about books by Judy Sierra and My heart is like a zoo by Michael Hall. The are both beautifully illustrated picture books that rhyme that have been crowd pleasers during storytime!