My School Stinks – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Going to a new school can be trying for any child. But what if it turns out that everyone at your new school is an animal? Stuart is the hapless child who ends up in this predicament. Dear Diary,I think there's been a mistake. My desk mate STINKS, [a skunk]my locker buddy bites [a crocodile], … Continue reading My School Stinks – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Dirt Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Being a farmer's daughter, I am a fan of dirt and nature in all of its gritty wonderfullness. I also love how poetry helps kids understand science concepts, because they often engage with poems in a different way than if it's just straight prose. That said, the text on the first spread is written in … Continue reading The Dirt Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Cougar Crossing – Perfect Picture Book Friday

P-22 is his name. (For real.)P is for puma. (Also called mountain lion or cougar.)22 for ID number. (More on that later.) Text ©️Meeg Pincus Illustration ©️Alexander Vidal He paces. Muscles flex. Tail twitches. Famous letters loom above him in the night.... Doesn't that narrative voice sound a bit like the voiceover in a Hollywood … Continue reading Cougar Crossing – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I Wish You Knew – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There is so much teachers don't know about the lives of the children who come through their classrooms. So much that kids may not know about their classmates or friends. And a world of details we all don't know about others whose lives may never intersect our own. I WISH YOU KNEW leads readers to … Continue reading I Wish You Knew – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A few months ago I reviewed a picture book about Edwin Hubble, The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars. In that book, the author mentioned Vera Rubin, the woman who was interested in studying questions in astronomy that others (yes, mostly men) didn't bother with. And voilá, now we have her biography! Vera Rubin … Continue reading The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Child of the Flower-Song People – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When I think of the hundreds of years of colonial oppression of indigenous cultures around the world, I wonder how some cultures still survive. And then I read a story like Child of the Flower-Song People, and I realize that those cultures, or the knowledge contained within those cultures, still exist because of individuals who … Continue reading Child of the Flower-Song People – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Avocado Asks – Perfect Picture Book Friday

We all know that the unexamined life is not worth living (according to Socrates), but Momoko Abe takes this one step further, extending examination to the lives of produce—with humorous results. Text/illustration ©️Momoko Abe Avocado was feeling just fine in the fruit and vegetable aisle of the supermarket.Life was pretty simple. No doubts.No questions. No … Continue reading Avocado Asks – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Freaky, Funky Fish – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The cover of Freaky, Funky Fish immediately sets the tone for this engaging and fact-filled book about how fish are the same, yet quite different. The first page (where the colors and shapes serve as eye candy) starts out with straightforward similarities, leaving the humor to the illustration. Text ©️Debra Shumaker Illustration ©️Claire Powell Fish … Continue reading Freaky, Funky Fish – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Beyond – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Like some picture books, the story for BEYOND begins on the end papers, with a child and adult gazing up at the stars. But long before we ever reach a title page, we hurtle planet by planet through our solar system Text ©️Miranda Paul Illustration ©️Sija Hong starting with the sun. We know muchabout the … Continue reading Beyond – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Day for Rememberin’ – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I did not know the origin of Memorial Day, and now that gap in my knowledge is filled by this beautiful book. This quote from an article published on History.com underscores the significance of the event. “It’s the fact that this occurred in Charleston at a cemetery site for the Union dead in a city … Continue reading A Day for Rememberin’ – Perfect Picture Book Friday