The Crab Ballet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ladies and gentlemen! Please silence your cell phones and keep those crinkly candy wrappers in your pockets. For your viewing pleasure, I present to you The Crab Ballet!! Sea creatures spring to life in this lyrical, rhyming performance of a picture book, complete with French classical ballet terminology. But first! First! the announcer must make … Continue reading The Crab Ballet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Secret Code Inside You – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How often do we find a picture book that combines rhyme with genetics? Hmmmm....never! Until now. Text ©️Rajani LaRocca Illustration ©️Steven Salerno Why aren't you fuzzy like a dog,or buzzy like a bee?Why can't you eat ants with your nose,or breathe beneath the sea? Questions lead to questions until we start getting answers: Text ©️Rajani … Continue reading The Secret Code Inside You – 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

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

Girl on a Motorcycle – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Amy Novesky has no interest in writing a standard biography. I'm thinking specifically of her books, Cloth Lullaby: the Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois; Mi, Frida; and Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys. I imagine her focusing a wide angle lens on her subject, then combing through every wavelength of light until it … Continue reading Girl on a Motorcycle – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Show Way – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Going back 15 years, today, because I just read a beautiful autobiographical story told by an amazing writer you may have heard of: Jacqueline Woodson. And yes, it won a Newbery Honor. The cover's die cut diamond with patchwork border, reveals a child with a lantern. And that lantern illuminates a quilt, a "show way" … Continue reading Show Way – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

insectlopedia – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I found the perfect book in my poetry archives to cover Earth Day and poetry month. From the unusual type font to the illustrations painted in watercolor on primed paper bags with collage, Douglas Florian (a poet and artist), created a strikingly gorgeous book of poetry. Pick an insect on the list, and I can … Continue reading insectlopedia – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Climbing Shadows – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

When Shannon Bramer began work as a lunchroom supervisor in a kindergarten classroom in Toronto, her job unexpectedly flowered into sharing her passion for writing poetry "during the tiny window of time they had before going outside." She introduced children to the work of many writers, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Emily Dickinson, Frederico García Lorca, Dennis … Continue reading Climbing Shadows – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks – #PPBF

What better book to feature for National Poetry Month and Perfect Picture Book Friday than this story about the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry. An achievement made even more phenomenal given the year she won—1950. The thread that winds its way through this book is one of a flower … Continue reading A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks – #PPBF

Middle of the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The folks at Wordsong, an imprint of Highlights, remain at the forefront of picture book poetry. Take this fabulous bedtime book by Laura Purdie Salas, for example: What do toys, boring old kleenexes, clothing, overdue books, toothpaste, toilets, pencils, kitchen utensils, foods, and yard implements do while you're asleep? These poems provide answers: toys stage … Continue reading Middle of the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF