Monday, November 25, 2019
Exactly what we need! Kindness described for our first readers. Sophie Beer has tackled the definition through text and art with the help of Dial Books in this large format board book, Kindness Makes Us Strong.
Each simply stated fact is illustrated with eager children demonstrating the concept. There's a vibrancy to the color, line, and detail that energizes kindness.
As the year comes to a close, we can remember:
Kindness Makes Us Strong
by Sophie Beer
Dial Books for Young Readers, December 24, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
This Poetry Friday celebrate with a never-before released work by Ruth Krauss. Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, the whimsy and sillies will amuse your readertotz as the alphabet is reinforced in Roar Like a Dandelion.
Sit in the sun
Try to hug yourself
in a puddle
Undress to match
trees in winter
Vote for yourself
There's an empowering joy of life in this work. Thanks to Harper for choosing to share more from Krauss. Her voice is clear, and Ruzzier honors it well. Bravo!
Roar Like a Dandelion
by Ruth Krauss
illustrations by Sergio Ruzzier
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Thanks go to Penguin Random House for bringing beloved classics to our first readers in board book form! Paired with Carly Gledhill's delicate, intricate illustrations, the series Bedtime Classics is one to find and follow.
Children of color in modern clothes bring a freshness to the tales. Gledhill's palette and patterns bear a calming comfort through the excitement. It's a lovely balance.
The text holds the barest plot points for the stories to remain cohesive. From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
down the rabbit hole
and enters a
From The Nutcracker:
"Suddenly the Mouse King
arrives, leading his army against the
Nutcracker and his gingerbread soldiers."
How can you not love Alice in her overalls and high top Chucks, or Clara in her big round glasses? Your readertotz will engage with these stories presented so beautifully, and as they grow, they'll be primed for the full tales. Best of the best, these are Top Shelf picks!
Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
illustrated by Carly Gledhill
Penguin Random House, 2019