Saturday, May 1, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

Taking the month of April off, in terms of Picture Book Saturday, was much needed, but I'm back with some great titles lined up for the next few weeks. Unfortunately, I missed the week of Earth Day (and for an eco-geek that's a big day), so for today I'm going to share some recent "earthy" reads that you and your kiddos will hopefully enjoy and find useful.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Starting us off simply, this one is aimed for your younger children. Bright, incredibly bold colors accompany tips about helping to save the planet. The sentences are short and catchy and you can't help but look at the pages. So eye catching!

The ideas such as riding bikes and walking rather than riding in a car, recycling, turning the water off, etc. are all simple things children can do to help save the planet. A great way to introduce kids to conservation.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Printed with soy ink on recycled materials. Awesome touch!

The Earth Book
Todd Parr
40 pages
Picture Book
Little, Brown
March 2010
Review copy received from publisher

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Such a sweet, imaginative book. Not only does our little narrator have a passion for gardening and planting things like her mom, she also has a fantastic imagination, creating her own dream garden in her mind. Henkes beautiful, soft drawings go very nicely with the story.

This would be a nice read aloud for a Spring storytime...and we all know that Kevin Henkes is always a crowd pleaser. I can see this one popping up during award season as well.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

My Garden
Kevin Henkes
40 pages
Picture Book
February 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta and illustrator Tom Leonard

This is one is super cool! It teaches children (and adults!) about seed dispersal in simple, basic terms paired with absolutely beautiful illustrations. Understanding just how trees are planted is something that most of us take for granted, but the fact that a squirrel planting an acorn and producing an oak tree or an apple seed being tossed by a hungry bear and ultimately becoming an apple tree is something that will really wow a child.

Pair this with a seed planting activity or even with a tree planting if you can. Talk about the reasons trees are important to us as humans and animals and ways to protect them. So much discussion could come out of this little book!

Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Another stellar title from Sleeping Bear Press

Who Will Plant a Tree?
Jerry Pallotta
32 pages
Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
May 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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1 comment:

PeachyTO said...

These are some awesome children's book authors that you've showcased. I've loved many of their other books, and look forward to these too. Thanks!