Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday Favorites- Mentor Texts- Cumulative Format

These are one of my favorite formats. The repetition makes it great for early readers, or even non-readers will learn the sequence. God examples are There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly and The House that Jack Built. The texts "accumulate" as the build toward the end.

The Full Moon at the Napping House; Hardcover; Author - Audrey Wood
 Full Moon at Napping House by Audrey Wood, Illus. by Don Wood
This is a lovely sequel to Napping House.
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In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van, Illus. by April Chu
This quiet, stunningly illustrated book is more of a circular text, building on itself and making it predictable for young listeners.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Mixed Messages

After reading The Language of Flowers,  I'm curious about the meanings of blooms. I guess the hydrangea sends mixed messages, anything from vanity and boastfulness to expressing the giver's gratefulness for the recipient's understanding.  It also suggests a feeling that is sincerely heartfelt.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday Favorites- Nonfiction

Non-fiction I Love

Many of my picture book ideas involve nature and they often have non-fiction notes at the end. I find reviewing the newest in NF books to be helpful, especially those geared toward the very young. There are some beauties out there. Here are a few of my latest favorites.
An Egg Is Quiet
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston, Illust. by Sylvia Long
This book reads on several levels, the reader can go in to depth or read this simpler lyrical text accompanied by stellar pictures.
Plants Can't Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch, Illus. by Mia Posada
A beautifully illustrated book that looks at plants from a different viewpoint with a narrow focus on how they and their seeds move.
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A Rock Can Be... by Laurie Purdie Salas, Illus. by Violeta Dabija. 
There are several "...can be..." books. They are all stunningly poetic and wonderfully illustrated and look at the world sideways.
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Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre.
 This book celebrates snow with lovely photographs and science. All of her books are worth checking out when reviewing NF for young readers.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


White Admiral

 We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou

A bit of motivation- never stop changing, the best is yet to come... in manuscripts and in life!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday Favorites- Mentor Texts- Diary/Letter

Friday Favorites-Mentor Texts-Diary/Letter format

I'd been looking for mentor texts written in the form of letters or diary entries when I stumbled upon these jewels. They each use the unique format to give their characters a strong voice. Charmingly illustrated, they are fun reads that might work well with writing activities at home or in school. The two diaries have also inspired sequels.
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Dear Dragon by Josh Funk, Illus. by Rodolfo Montalvo
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Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! By Paul Meisel

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Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin, Illus. by Harry Bliss
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Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, Illus. by Bruce Whately

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