Perfect Picture Book Friday: Lone Wolf

Title: Lone Wolf Written and illustrated by: Sarah Kurpiel Greenwillow Books, 2020 For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: family, belonging, identity, self-discovery, huskies First page: Maple loved being the Parker family dog. Why I recommend this book: Maple the husky is the adorable and beloved family dog. But she looks a lot like a wolf. So much so…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Tulip and Doug

Title: Tulip and Doug: A Spud-tacular Friendship Story Written by: Emma Wood Illustrated by: Carla Martell Scholastic NZ, 2020 For ages: 3+ Themes/topics: friendship, imagination, being true to yourself First page: Tulip was famous in her neighbourhood for two reasons: She was a fearless adventurer.She went everywhere with a seriously strange sidekick. A potato.      Why I…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Let’s Dance

Title: Let’s Dance Written by: Valerie Bolling Illustrated by: Maine Diaz Boyd Mills Press, 2020 For ages: 3-7 Themes/topics: dancing, cultures from around the world, rhyme, rhythm, joy First pages:            Tappity-Tap            Fingers Snap            Turn, Twirl            Twist, Whirl Summary (from the publisher): This rhythmic showcase of dances from all over the world features…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Hello, Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story

Title: Hello, Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story Written by: Zeena Pliska Illustrated by: Fiona Halliday Page Street Kids, 2020 For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: Monarch butterflies, metamorphosis, life cycles, inter-generational friendship First page: I crawl from green leaf to green leaf. Eating and waiting. Waiting for something other than these green leaves. Everything is green. Summary…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: BEDTIME DADDY!

Title: BEDTIME DADDY! Written by: Sharon Giltrow Illustrated by: Katrin Dreiling EK Books, 2020 For ages: 3-7 Themes/topics: bedtime, parent-child bond, role reversal First page: When you see your daddy rub his eyes and stifle a yawn, announce, “Bedtime, Daddy!” Summary (from the publisher): Putting Daddy to bed can be hard work. Especially when he starts…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE FORT

Title: THE FORT Written by: Laura Perdew Illustrated by: Adelina Lirius Page Street Kids, 2020 For ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: imaginative play, sharing, friendship First spread: As the prince strutted toward his castle, he daydreamed about the royal feast he was planning. He imagined music and food and fun with friends. But when he crossed over the…

Perfect Picture Book Friday – WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

Title: WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane Written by: Kirsten W. Larson Illustrated by: Tracy Subisak Calkins Creek/Boyd Mills 2020 For ages: 7-10 Themes/topics: inventions, STEM, perseverance First spread: To Emma Lilian Todd, problems were like gusts of wind: they set her mind soaring. Sometimes the problems seemed small, like where to find…

Perfect Picture Book Friday: After the Rain

Grab your galoshes! Today I review an onomatopoeia-rich picture book debut about the many joys of rain puddles from fellow 2020 Debut Crew member Rebecca Koehn. Title: AFTER THE RAIN Written by: Rebecca Koehn Illustrated by: Simone Krüger Beaming Books, March 2020 For ages: 3-6 Themes/topics: rain, water, play, sharing, friendship First two spreads: Drip.           …

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Down Under the Pier

Today I review a lyrical new picture book debut from another of the amazing 2020 Debut Crew members, Nell Cross Beckerman. Title: Down Under the Pier Written by: Nell Cross Beckerman Illustrated by: Rachell Sumpter Cameron Kids, April 2020 For ages: four and up Themes/topics: marine life, intertidal zone, wonder First spread: Up on the pier,…