Category Archives: Marvelous Picture Books

Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: Home in the Woods

Home in the Woods, written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, was released on October 1st and captures the story of one family’s struggle over the course of a year. The front endpapers of the book reveal more context about the story and function as a map of the woods where the family lives. The book is […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Mondays: “Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry

This week’s Marvelous New Picture Book is Hair Love written by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison. It was published in May 2019. Hair Love is such a special and important book to have for Black families and in the classroom, as it highlights the beautiful relationship of a Black father and daughter and it […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books: The Good Egg

Recently, while browsing the children’s section at Barnes and Nobel, I stumbled across a book with the most adorable cover. Of course, I could not help but pick it up and read it on the spot. Within the first few pages, I knew that I would definitely be buying this book for my future classroom […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: Mary Wears What She Wants

We are in an age of children’s books that portray messages of acceptance of people from all backgrounds. When I initially saw Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley, I expected the story to be about a gender fluid child but I was very wrong. This book follows Mary Walker, one of the first women […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Erin E. Stead)

Rather than discuss one of this year’s award winners, I thought it’d be interesting to highlight to literary work of a previous Caldecott winning illustrator whom I admire. Erin E. Stead has a unique illustrative style that is delicate and whimsical, detailed yet simple, and filled with lovely muted colors. Her work in The Uncorker […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Mondays: Islandborn

“Islandborn” documents the struggles and successes of 6-year-old Dominican immigrant Lola. Her teacher asks the members of her class to draw pictures of where they live, but Lola has no living memory of The Island where she grew up. Instead she has to reconstruct the experiences of her elders living in the community.   She […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Heart and the Bottle

In 2009, The Heart and the Bottle, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, was published. We have been gifted several of his books the past few years and my daughters consistently choose them to be read to them. It is for that reason that, when I was searching for a story to start to introduce […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: The Honeybee

The Honeybee, written by Kirsten Hall and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, is a newer children’s picture book that became available May 8, 2018. It tells the story of a hive of honeybees and their yearlong journey from Spring to Spring. The illustrations stood out to me immediately- very pretty yellows and oranges with pops of […] Continue reading

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Emily Gravett’s The Rabbit Problem

Emily Gravett’s playful representation of the Fibonacci sequence in her children’s book The Rabbit Problem, is known for its unique use of media and style to illustrate the story.   This book is a deserving winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, for its creativity of the ilustrations that become the backbone of the entire story.  Emily […] Continue reading

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Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India

Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India Chitra Soundar and Frané Lessac have adapted a traditional Irula story to make it more accessible: turning the traditional churraka into a pumpkin and highlighting the story’s universal themes. The story does, not, however, abandon its cultural roots. It is authentic in its language, retaining the Indian names […] Continue reading

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