Friday, July 14, 2017

Aunty Andie recommends...

Andrea B-K from the Buena Vista Children's Room brings some children's picture books to your attention...

A Whale in the Bathtub, by Kylie Westaway;
Illustrated by Tom Jellett
Really, what more need one say than that there is a whale in the bathtub? No one will be surprised that it is silly. Unexpected, however, are the conversations that attempt to be logical within the illogical. This will appeal to the older spectrum of picture book fans (especially those trying to avoid a bath!).

The Sound of Silence, by Katrina Goldsaito;
Illustrated by Julia Kuo
This beautiful book comes with a Multicultural sticker on it. The library uses that sticker to call attention to books that portray other than the dominant culture or which encourage empathy with a different point of view. This one takes place in Japan, and explores the Japanese concept of Ma – the silence that separates sounds. In it, a small child goes in search of the sound of silence. It is easy to love how the story respects a child’s quest to understand a concept, explains a complex idea in a way all can access and, in the process, also offers a glimpse of a child’s life in Japan. I would also recommend this book for "word artists" of all ages. (A Charlotte Zolotow Award nominee)

The Moon’s Almost Here,
by Patricia MacLachlan;
Illustrated by Tomie de Paola
If you are a fan of Tomie dePaola’s art, you will be pleased to see this collaboration with Ms. MacLachlan, and, if you have not seen one of dePaola’s books before, this is a great introduction. A minimalist goodnight story that has one a child and a Pierrot figure watching the world shut down for the day and following the moon’s rise in the sky. This is the perfect story to wind things down without your child realizing that’s what you are doing.

Busy Builders, Busy Week! by Jean Reidy;
Illustrated by Leo Timmers
Great trucks and great silliness colorfully build a project that’s not revealed until the end of the book. Days of the week are taught as the book progresses, but it doesn’t feel like a lesson.

The Lion Inside, by Rachel Bright;
Illustrated by Jim Field
Children often feel small inside because they are small on the outside, so they will identify with the mouse in this story. Mouse believes that his lack of friends and seeming invisibility to other animals is based on his size. His solution is to try to learn to roar like a lion--and to learn it from the best! What Lion and Mouse both learn, however, is “we all have a mouse AND a lion inside.”

Mighty Truck, by Chris Barton;
Illustrated by Troy Cummings
This book is a Venn diagram of where trucks, superheroes, and dirt overlap. Troy Cummings’s images are tailored to a slightly older crowd than Barton usually aims at, and are fun and dynamic.


The Blobfish Book,
written and illustrated by Jessica Olien
Yes, picture books are fun and visually interesting but there's nothing that says they have to be "just" stories. Facts and images about the lowest level of the sea are interspersed with the other thrust of the book, in which the blobfish has a running patter about looking for himself and then talking about his feelings after the narrator states that the blobfish was voted "most ugly." Teaching facts, empathy, and friendship all in one book is pretty amazing.


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