June 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Drawn Together by Minh Lê | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –An American-born child tells about his visit to his grandfather.

The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Rhee tells the legend of Sun-sin and his best friend, a turtle named Gobugi, and how they came to invent the Turtle Ship.

New Shoes by Chris Raschka | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Who doesn’t love getting new shoes? This simple joyous celebration of a trip to the shoe store is narrated by an anonymous young child.

The Itchy Book! by Mo Willems & LeUyen Pham | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This book combines two of children’s favorite fixations—“Elephant & Piggie” and dinosaurs—into a funny story that plays around with a relatable problem.

Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The mercurial nature of time’s passage is noticeable even to young children, who sense the difference between the spans of the approach of something dreaded (bedtime) and something eagerly awaited (a birthday).

Vernon Is On His Way by Philip C. Stead | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Vernon, the bighearted little toad from A Home for Bird, is back in this series of very short tales.

6 Picture Books: Castles in the Sand | SLJ Spotlight

New beachy picture books to welcome the warmer months!

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The Rough Patch by Brian Lies | SLJ Review

Gr 2-5 –Lies taps into the powerful nature of love, loss, grief, and hope in his latest picture book.

A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –A wizard of wordplay and a maestro of composition combine their considerable talents to explore the notion of home.

Fox & Chick by Sergio Ruzzier | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This easy reader–style picture book is actually three stories in one and stars two lovable and very different best friends.

Pip & Pup by Eugene Yelchin | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –This wordless tale of friendship sparkles with engaging action and gentle humor.

Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This transportive wordless picture book debut from Argentinean author/illustrator Alonso taps into childhood imagination in a journey of discovery, experimentation, and letting go.

A Busy Creature’s Day Eating by Mo Willems | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –“Do not try this at home!” cautions Willems as he proceeds to tell the story of a hungry little purple creature that eagerly eats its way through the alphabet, though not without consequence.

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. Vandever | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This unique picture book explores how Holden, a Navajo boy with a dramatic imagination, navigates through a typical school day in a rigid residential school.

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The story opens with readers positioned behind and a little above Bear’s head as she gazes at falling snow, a circle of bare trees, and a small wolf in the distance.

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –After Geraldine and her parents move, she realizes that she’s the only giraffe at her new school.

A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This wordless story begins with a framed image of a girl embracing her dog. In the next spread, she gathers flowers for its burial.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 – A young girl enjoys her first visit to the beach at Coney Island while remembering her past family outings in Iran.

Square by Mac Barnett | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –In their sequel to Triangle, the Barnett/Klassen dynamic duo follows the previously introduced character of Square.

Picture Books: A Bunny’s “Staycation” and a Big Brother Dinosaur | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

Daniel W. Vandever’s imaginative picture book centers a Navajo student who doesn’t follow the line; two titles expand the “bedtime book” genre; a lyrical meditation on losing a loved one.

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