Gravity by Jason Chin. Roaring Brook Press, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, 0-4, 4-8 Maturity Level: Same Gravity is a complex concept to explain to young children. Chin has tackled this challenge with aplomb, producing a beautifully illustrated, deceptively simple picture book that succinctly and effectively explains gravity to very young children. Illustrations […]
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, 4-8 Maturity Level: Ages 4-8 Steve Jenkins generates interesting and stunning new nonfiction books on a regular basis. In this recent picture book, he uses his trademark collage style to illuminate the eyes […]
Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Alex Ries. Kids Can Press, 2014, 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book, 8-10 Maturity Level: same (and up) Anthropomorphic robots are the stuff of science fiction movies, but they really exist! Zoobots is a very well-organized, well-illustrated guide to some of the […]
The Carnival of the Animals, by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Mary GrandPre. Knopf, 2010, 32 pages (CD included). Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) and up Camille Sainte-Saens supposedly wrote The Carnival of the Animals in 1886 as an inside joke for his music students. Many of the musical themes […]
Listen to the Birds, by Ana Garhard. The Secret Mountain, 2013, 48 pages each (CD included). Reading level: Picture Books, ages 9-12 Maturity Level: 3 (8-10) and up There are lots of ways to introduce classical music, depending on the age of the child. Ms. Garhard’s way is to group musical excerpts around a theme […]
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s birth. McCloskey is the author/illustrator of such familiar American children’s books as Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Time of Wonder. His first picture book was Lentil, which idealized his own boyhood in small-town America. This month’s issue of Horn Book Magazine features an essay on McCloskey by children’s […]
Lentil by Robert McCloskey. First published by Viking, 1940. Reading Level: Picture Books, 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) Lentil, McCloskey’s first picture book, is now 74 years old. Readers will recognize McCloskey’s familiar style from his more well-known picture books (such as Blueberries for Sal or Make Way for Ducklings). Lentil is a young boy from the […]
Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija. Millbrook, 2014, 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book Maturity Level: All Water Can Be is a fun science picture book for little ones that uses a simple poetic structure to describe the many practical and creative ways that water may be used in its various […]
A Leaf Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija. Millbrook, 2012, 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book Maturity Level: All Who would have imagined that God made leaves so multifunctional?! When it comes to interesting little ones in science, it would be difficult to improve upon the approach in A Leaf Can Be. […]
Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Beach Lane Books, 2014, 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, 0-4, 4-8 Maturity Level: same Steve Jenkins is known for his detailed collage illustrations in his nonfiction works for children. He brings that same talent to bear in this fictional picture book about […]
Achoo! Bang! Crash!: The Noisy Alphabet by Ross MacDonald. Neal Porter Books, 2003. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (Ages 4-8) This riotous book is full of noisy words! Onomatopoeia comprises the entire text, making this a perfect read-aloud (and read with) choice for kindergarten and early elementary students. MacDonald’s illustrations […]
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