Best of Back to School Books

Many parts of the country have been back to school for a few weeks now, but here in the PNW many kids are still enjoying their summer break.   Those days of getting little ones ready to go to kindergarten and back to school are so filled with emotion, excitement, anxiety, wonder – basically all the feels. Having books to read at night can really be a helpful tool to ease little ones and their worries about all the new adventures to come.

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Kindergarten is Cool! by Linda Elovitz Marshall and art by Chris Chatterton (Cartwheel Books, 2016) is a great introduction into what can be expected from getting up and dressed to getting to school and what your petites classroom might look like. What we loved about this book is that it provides steps of what happens first and next. My petites love this kind of book. We also loved that the classroom hamster can be found on each page doing something silly and funny. I am certain that this book will be a story time success, because after all, Kindergarten in COOL! 

Sophie’s Squash Go To School by Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Witsdorf (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2016) is a book about a little girl’s first day of school. Sophie brings along her two best friends Bonnie and Baxter who just happen to be squash. Initially Sophie is only interested in playing with her squash and doesn’t show interest in making new (human) friends and at some times can have a bad attitude. 

However, things really change throughout the story with a little boy who wants desperately to be Sophie’s friend. Sophie and her classmate Steven Green are drawing pictures of friends and the portrait that Sophie made is accidentally torn. What I think is so sweet and so endearing about this book is in how Steven resolves the issue after the picture is torn. He realizes that her feelings are hurt and does something quite lovely, he fixes the picture of Bonnie and Baxter and gives Sophie a packet of seeds. Adorable, right? Something you can absolutely envision a little one doing for his friend. What I love even more than this gesture is that they share the seeds with the class and they all grow their own squash plants. You see this glorious transformation for Sophie where she is really engaged and participating with her classmates after this moment.

This is a wonderful story to talk about feelings and conflicts might happen, but wonderful things can come out of conflicts.

Ming Goes to School by Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Maja Lofdahl (Sky Pony Press, 2016) is an absolutely wonderful look at a little girls first year of school. This book showcases all that is possible, all the wonder that will be found, all the pretending that will happen and the discoveries that will be made, and of course the special friends she will make. This book has very few words, but the words having been chosen with great care. The water color illustrations are delightful. This is a perfect book for a little one who is nervous about starting school, this book does a fantastic job of coming up with all that there is to be really excited about in a comforting and calming way. **This is one of our top recommendations for reading before starting school for the first time. We love this book and highly recommend it.**

As we get ready to send our little ones back to school a fun read that will be sure to have them giggling, is Milk Goes to School by Terry Border (Philomel Books, 2016) is an absolute pun-filled adventure on the first day of school. This book captures the anxiety a petite might have before their first day of school in such a fun and whimsical way. The silly photographs will have kids laughing their first day jitters away.

 

It’s Back to School We Go! First Day Stories from Around the World by Ellen Jackson and art by Jan Davey Ellis (The Millbrook Press, 2003). This is an increbly interesting book for petites. It highlights eleven different countries around the world and what going back to school looks like for each of those countries.

At the beginning of this book the author share that these eleven children that are shared in this story are composites of real children from around the globe. The author shares that she “tried to capture the diversity of school experiences, to compare and contrast the lives of children from different cultures, and – most of all – to emphasize their common humanity”.  Of course, this book gives generalities, because there is no way that one picture book could encapsulate all cultures and children experiences, but I believe that this book does an incredible job of creating a commonality among all children. I think that this book is one that will teach diversity, empathy and foster understanding of different cultures.

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and art by Christian Robinson (Roaring Brook Press, 2016) is a perfect example of personification. This book is so original, so unique that I couldn’t help but smiling as I read it to my petites. This is the story of a brand new school called Fredrick Douglas Elementary and how the school feels about his very first day. There is all sorts of excitment and new things happening that will be sure to keep your little ones interested and turning the page to see what happens next. 

If these glorious illustrations look familiar it is because it is the stunning work of Christian Robinson who is known for The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker and his most recent book Last Stop on Market Street. This book would be perfect for little ones entering into kindergarten, as well as younger elementary. I would also highly recommend using this book with old students to teach personification, it would be an amazing lesson.

Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and art by Adam Rex (Harper Collins, 2014) is a perfectly relatable story about Chu who is a little nervous about his very first day of school. As the class goes around one by one and shares their names and something they like to do, Chu sits silently. When he is the final student to share his name something so silly, so unexpected happens that you can’t help but laugh.
He sneezes in the largest possible way…ahhh ahhh CHU!

It is adorable. It is a tender story that discusses if the kids will like him or not. If your petite is a critical thinker, they might then worry that Chu would be embarrassed from sneezing and that the other kids would then make fun of him. Adam Rex does an amazing job, as usual, with the superb illustrations and facial expressions for Chu. This is the perfect book for petites starting preschool or kindergarten.

Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury, 2016) is an absolutely lovely story for petites who are starting preschool. This would be a perfect read aloud at preschool or with parents before hand to gear up for the big day. This is a book filled with feelings of excitement for being big enough to go on new adventures at school, but also still small enough to need your favorite snugglie for comfort during the day.
I love that this book is so real. I love that this book shows the steps that petites will need to take to get ready to go to school in the morning, along with what supplies they might be taking with them. This book is light on words and heavy on its message. That having feelings, being sad, asking for help and needing a little support are all normal feelings. This is a great story for petites in the 3-4 age range. Salina Yoon does a fantastic job once again with her bold illustrations that help you to focus on the message that going to school doesn’t mean you have to give up your snugglies or your childhood. 

If you want to extend this book with a fun activity here is a packet of great activities that your petites might enjoy from Bloomsbury. Enjoy!
http://media.bloomsbury.com/…/files/s16_ActivityBookREV4.pdf

 

A Tribute to Women in Science

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Women in Science – 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofky (Ten Speed Press, 2016) is a book that is so beautifully illustrated you will have to read it multiple times to see all of the intricate details.  You absolutely need to get your hands on this book right now!  Seriously, it is by far one of the most swoon worthy books I have seen to date.  It is simply put – gorgeous!  Not only is this book beyond amazingly illustrated, it is filled with so many glorious facts and mini biographies that you will be sure to learn new facts about some of the most important women in science.
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We are living in a very exciting time right now in children’s books, we are seeing so many new, innovative books celebrating the genius of women.  This book is a perfect example of what I am talking about, Rachel Ignotofksy has created a book that is as much for a petites bedtime story, as it is a middle schoolers science project reference, or possibly a lovely book to sit on your coffee table and read at your leisure.
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These mini biographies are just enough to get your petites a thorough understanding of these incredibly smart and talented women.  The little facts and bits of interesting trivia that surround the biographies are so much fun to read.  My daughters have been listening intently to life and accomplishments of these brilliant women with loads of questions about how they got to be so smart, brave, courageous and adventurous.
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When you give your petites quality books to read and listen to there is only one consequence, you will fill their minds with all the possibilities.  You will give them ideas about what they can strive to do to make the world a better place.  This book does just that, it celebrates women who have made remarkable contributions to not only the world, but to the scientific community.
These women are truly role models for every single young girl who has ever had a dream – this book belongs in every classroom, in every library, in every petites hands.  Eventhough now more than ever children have the potential to be anything they want, there are still too many young girls who believe that their dreams are only dreams.  This book, in my opinion, sets out to change that.  By making these stories known, we can encourage our girls to dream big and to believe that they can accomplish anything.
Bloggers Note:
All Images Reprinted with permission from Women in Science Copyright © 2016 by Rachel Ignotofsky. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  All thoughts and opinions shared within this post are my own.

When in Seattle, look for the Wheedle.

Good Night WheedleGood Night Wheedle by Stephen Cosgrove and illustrated by Robin James (Sasquatch, 2016) which is going to be released tomorrow in board book form is an absolute Seattle treasure.

When you think of Seattle, you probably think of the iconic Space Needle that has graced the Seattle skyline since 1962, but you may not know the true story of the light that boldly blinks at the top.  Let me start by sharing with you one of the most cherished stories for PNW petites.  Wheedle on the Needle, this lovely story was first published in 1974 and since then has gone through some changes, but most recently has reverted back to the message that so impacted Seattleites for years.

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What you will find, in Good Night Wheedle, is that our beloved Wheedle is tired one day.  He plays too hard with the clouds on his mountain top and then he forgets his midday snack…yikes (we can all relate to what happens next).

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Our dear Wheedle, not wanting to miss out, becomes a tiresome mess.  He packs his bag and heads into town looking for a quiet place to sleep.  What do you know the perfect place to sleep is high above the clouds snuggled up on top of the Space Needle; where alas he can find the perfect place for slumber.  At night, you can still see his nose blinking away as he sleeps soundly.

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Image Courtesy of Sasquatch Books

This rhyming tale is quite perfect and would be a lovely book for any Seattle babe to get acquainted with the true story of the light at the top of the needle.

Bloggers note: this book was given to me Sasquatch Books in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. Thank you to Sasquatch for use of the images in this post.

Ever wonder about your favorite artists as kids? This is the book for you.

Have you ever wondered what your favorite artists might have been like as kids?  Ever imagine what Dr. Seuss was like before he was Dr. Seuss?  Can you imagine Andy Warhol as a child, perhaps sharing a bowl of Cambell’s soup with him at lunch?   These stories come to life in Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends by David Stabler and art by Doogie Horner (Quirk Books, 2016).

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We love art in this house, we spend quite a bit of time creating it.  However, what we rarely have the opportunity to do is to read biographies about artists when they were kids.  We go to lots of museums in our town and when we travel and revel in the stunning beauty that so many artists create.  Kid Artists speaks to the origin stories of some of the worlds most famous and most talented artists.

What you will find when you open this incredibly humorous book is three parts that will completely amazing and enthrall you as you learn more about these incredible Kid Artists.

Part One: It’s a Hard-Knock Life: shyness, poverty, discrimination, and .  ar.  In this part you will learn all about Louise Nevelson, Dr. Seuss, Jackson Pollock, Charles Shultz, Yoko Ono and Jean-Michel Basquiat

Part Two: Practice Makes Perfect: If you want to be a successful artist, you’ll need to paint a lot of canvases  Part two gives us childhood insights into Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring

Part Three: Call of the Wild: secret caves, creepy-crawlies, and animals galore.  Part three is where you will discover more about Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Beatrix Potter, Emily Carr and Georgia O’Keeffe

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Image from Kid Artists – Beatrix Potter

The stories shared within the pages of this book are so interesting, so well told.  One of my daughters favorite chapters was about Dr. Seuss.  We are rather obsessed with him these days and his silly way with words – she literally squealed when she saw the tiny image of the Lorax.  So reading about him as a child completely entranced her, she couldn’t believe he was allowed to draw on the walls and immediately wanted to know if she was allowed to express her creativity in that way.

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Images from Kid Artists – Dr. Seuss

These stories teach us lessons about the artists and their life, but more so how they were real people who struggled with their own challenges. I love that these books show us strong example of perseverance, endurance, aspiration and  what being passionate looks like.

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Image from Kid Artists – Claude Monet

This series is absolutely amazing, I would highly recommend Kid Artists, this would be a fantastic book for art teachers to share with their students as well as for parents to share with their children.  This book is geared towards ages 9-12 for independent reading.  However, I have been reading it aloud to my 6 year old and she absolutely loves these stories.  Kid Artists will be released on August 9th, so mark your calendars, you will want to share this book with your petites for sure.

Bloggers Note: This book was given to me by Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions about this amazing book are my own.  A huge thank you to Quirk Books for the use of the images from Kid Artists.

Three Bears of the PNW

I must confess I have not always been a Pacific Northwest girl, I was born and raised in the Bay Area of California and am just now at the point where I have lived here in the PNW for the same amount I lived in California.  I consider the PNW my home, I love the rainy weather, the smell in the fall when the marine layer washes all of the Seattle area in a fantastic fog.  So when I had the opportunity to read Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest by Richard Vaughan & Marcia Crews with art by Jeremiah Trammell (Sasquatch Books, 2016), well I couldnt pass up the opportunity.

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This board book is an adventure that happens as an airstream rolls down the road and a tiny blue teddy bear bumps out.  The bear is quickly found by a large black bear, who sympathizes with blue bear and offers to help him find his way home.

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The two bears go on an amazing adventure through an alpine meadow, where they munch on delicious berries.  Over a stream where they meet up with brown bear who offers to help.

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The three friends set out to find the shiny silver box that blue bear calls home, they encounter many other pacific northwest animals, from seals, gray whale and a bald eagle.

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Bald eagle proves to be most helpful in finding blue bears family, of course, he takes blue bear to the sky.  Once the campsite has been located, the three bears all venture into the camp ground until they find the shiny silver box that blue bear calls home where he is reunited with his boy!

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This is a darling story that follows blue bear through his journey back to his boy.  My petites loved that blue bear, although being a stuffy, ate berries and waved at the bears as they ventured back into the woods.  This is the perfect tale of three bears (minus Goldilocks) having an adventure through the Cascade mountains and the Salish Sea.  You will absolutely love reading this book with your petites, we love the oil-painted illustrations and how they almost beg you to get out of your house and out into the woods on your own adventure.

This book is printed in hardcover, as well as paperback.  On August 9th you will be able to purchase this book in a board book for the tiniest of adventurers.  Happy Reading!

Bloggers note, this book was given to me by Sasquatch Books in exchange for an honest review, the thoughts and opinions about this book are my own.  Thank you to Sasquatch for use of the images in this post.

 

Everyone Makes Mistakes

Many petites really struggle with making mistakes.  Often times it is a fear that they will get in trouble, or embarrassment that they didn’t get it right the first time, or perhaps they just don’t like to be wrong.  Whatever the reason may be many kids struggle with making mistakes and how that makes them feel doubt or shame.

As a teacher and a mom of two young girls teaching about making mistakes is a priority, how we react to making those mistakes can determine quite a bit.  Making mistakes helps to build stamina as well as provides learning opportunities.  However, if your petites are too concerned about making mistakes that they don’t take risks, or adventure or an opportunity for new learning then that is when problems can arise.

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Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time reading Stickley Makes a Mistake: A Frog’s Guide to Trying Again by Brenda S. Miles and illustrated by Steve Mack (Magination Press); this book will be hitting shelves next month on August 16th.  This book is all about a young frog named Stickley.  He, like most petites doesn’t like to make mistakes, he strives for perfection and when he doesn’t attain it, well he doesn’t want to try again. As a teacher this was something that was all too familiar with little ones who struggle and make mistakes.   This book is filled with encouragement and support.

 Nobody’s perfect and good things can happen –  even when you make mistakes!

Stickley Makes Mistakes offers subtle ways to support children as they naturally make mistakes.  We love that the suggestions are to ask for help, feel proud for trying, practicing, how mistakes can sometimes be happy surprises and huge successes and that nobody is perfect.  This is incredibly important for our young girls.

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This book was published by the American Psychological Association and offers a parents, caregivers and teachers guide in the back of the book.  I love this approach, because the book is fantastic and with the incredibly helpful tips in the back the learning can be extended beyond the pages of Stickley.

I think that Stickley Makes Mistakes is a important book, one that should be in every single kindergarten classroom; because making mistakes and navigating challenging situations and problem solving skills are so incredibly important.  This book is a perfect read for preschool through third grade.  The tips in the back are ones all lower elementary teachers and parents should read and learn more about.

Thank you to Magination press for this wonderful book and use of the images for this post.  I received this book from Magination Press in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts about Stickley Makes a Mistake are my own.  Magination Press, publishes many books to support the social and emotional well being of petites check out their website to learn more about these titles.

We Love Big Books and Cannot Lie

My girls have a bit of a love affair with huge books.  You know those books that are so big you can’t really hold them and must lay on the floor to even turn the pages.  We wanted to share some of our absolute favorite big books and of course, if we’ve left any off of the list please let us know, we are always looking to add to our collection!

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Many of these I have written about before but never have you seen them in one gargantuan collection of awesome!

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinksi (Big Picture Press, 2013) is a gorgeous book, we love looking at this book and all of the amazing details that are held within it.  It has almost all of the countries of the world (to my petite’s dismay it doesn’t have Ireland).  We love how this book offers up bite sized facts and introductions to many countries and is a visual feast.  It comes in at a whopping 10.9x 14.8 inches.

Animalium: Ticket to the Museum by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott (Big Picture Press, 2014)  reminds me of those stunning Audubon images that my grandfather so loved.  This book contains 200+ stunning images that are accompanied by informative text.  This book is a pure pleasure to pour over on a rainy afternoon.  This books measures in at 11 x 14.9 inches.

Timeline: A Visual History of Our World by Peter Goes (Gecko Press, 2016) 10.6x 14.6 is the perfect size for this amazing book.  Goes does a remarkable job of putting together historical events from the Big Bang to present day.  This book has the most amazing little snippets of history.  To confess, I spent my time in history in high school catching up on correspondences.  So this book has been a great reminder of what I would have learned had I been paying better attention.

Zoo-ology by Emmanuelle Grundmann and Joelle Jolivet (Roaring Brook Press,2003) this is a book that my husband came home with one day.  It continues to be a family favorite and one that the petites often can be found laying on top of and exploring the detailed illustrations.  What I like best about the layout of this book is how they share the animals, it isn’t by habitat or region as you might expect but rather by large and small, hot weather, cold weather, feathered, horned, spots and stripes.  This hefty tome comes in at 12.4 x 17.8 inches and is tied for first place in our biggest book competition with Almost Everything.

The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A with 50 fact-filled maps!  by Gabrielle Balkan and Sol Linero (Wide Eyed Editions, 2015) is an a visual delight!  This book is perfect for petites of all ages.  My youngest recently received it as a gift and she absolutely adores flipping through the huge pages and checking out all of the places on the map.  We love the Welcome to the State portion where you get some insight into what that state is all about.  We also love the little timelines in Moments to Remember, this books packs in so much information…it is a must for any family who loves to travel in the US.  This book isn’t the largest we are featuring today, but it is by far one of our absolute favorites at 11.5 x 13.8 inches.

Almost Everything by Joelle Jolivet (Roaring Brook Press, 2005) covers, well you guessed it, almost everything.  There are trees & flowers, fruits & veggies, houses, tools, cars, trains and more.  This book is so much fun to look through.  After purchasing Zoo-ology we knew we were huge fans of these gorgeous books.  This book is a huge book which we think makes it all the more fun to look through coming in at a whopping 12.4 x 17.8 inches you won’t find this in a standard sized bookshelf; and is tied for biggest book award with Zoo-ology!

Atlas of Adventure by Rachel Williams and Lucy Letherland (Wide Eyed Editions, 2015) is another completely stunning book that has the right to be on any coffee table in the land (or so I declare), it is that lovely.  This book is filled with glorious and adventurous illustrations.  This is a sort of adventure book in the sense that you have things to find within each page as well as fun facts to keep you learning.  It is perfect for petites who dream of traveling the world.  This book will fit perfectly under the seat cushion in front of you, coming in at 10.9 x 14.9 inches.

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and Kristjana S Williams (Wide Eyed Editions, 2015) is a Technicolor feast of neon.  This book sends its readers on an adventure through 5 habitats with introductions to 80 animals.  This book with its exceptional bright pink and magenta tones will be sure to enthrall any petite who loves animals and interesting facts.  As my petites were reading it they kept saying “oh look at all the pink”.  Also I feel compelled to mention which habitats are covered because they are not the ones that typically come to mind, which we LOVE!  In this book you will be introduced to the Chihuahuan Desert, the Amazon Rainforest, the Black Forest, the Himalayan Mountains, and the Great Barrier Reef.  This brilliantly bold book will be sure to ensnare even the youngest of petites with the vibrant color and attention to details.  This book is also one of the smaller featured in this collection at 11.4 x 13.6 inches.

Pierre the Maze Detective by Hiro Kamigaki & IC4DESIGN (Laurence King Publishing, 2015) is probably one of our most favorite books.  This is an incredibly engaging book, imagine Where’s Waldo, but a bazillion times better!  Yes, a full bazillion.  In this book you will enter into the world of Opera City and the 15 mazes that Pierre will need to solve to uncover the clues to find Mr. X.  You will travel through a cafe, hot air balloon festival, castle, forest, a busy port, haunted mansion, and of course an ocean maze complete with a Craken!  The mazes are amazingly detailed almost in a spell binding way that so much detail can be contained on each page.  You have to search for multiple things on each page to complete the maze and get a step closer to catching Mr.X.  We absolutely love this book, for a more complete review where I basically gush over this books awesomeness click here.

If you have other favorite big books please let us know, we would love to check them out.
Happy Reading!

 

 

City Shapes

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City Shapes by Diana Murray and art by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown and Company, 2016) is filled with rhymes and rhythm.  This is the story of a little girl who is walking through her city for a full day.  This little petite is full of wonder and excitement as she gives us, the reader, a tour of her fabulous city.  I love that this book shows the wonder that a city has to hold, so often in picture books the city is not what is showcased its a more rural setting and I am really enjoying the new trend of showing off urban settings and all that they have to offer.

This book is a fanciful I spy and so much fun to read with little ones, the text is so engaging with the rhyme and then of course you need to search for all the examples of shapes on the page, which makes it so much fun during story time.  Another fun component is that the illustrations look like a collage and inspire little ones to think about the stories that they can tell and what they might look like.  I also love that after reading this story the next day as we were driving around our city, the girls started looking for all the shapes that they could see.

What I think is incredibly special is that this little petite who guides us through her city is Bryan Collier’s four-year old daughter; so sweet.  I love that the illustrations capture what it is to be a child and the wonder and delight that can so often be found in the simple discoveries around your community.  This is a perfect book for petites in the 2-5 year age range.

The Art of Friendship: Louise and Andie edition

If you’ve been hanging around with me here at The Petite Stag for a while now, you will know I am a huge Kelly Light Fan!  Huge, she not only creates amazing and inspiring books, but she is extremely generous, giving and kind.  Let me give you a little back story.  My daughter has epilepsy and was having a really rough time, she was having lots of seizures and struggling in school and just feeling overall really crummy.  I had posted something about it and Kelly Light happened to see it and asked if she could send a little something Zoe’s way to cheer her up.

She sent her magic in a box a year ago this week.

It happened to be one of those moments when you really see the good that is in the world, in the darkest of our days someone whom we had never met, someone on the opposite side of the country took a moment to brighten a little girls day.  So that my friends, is why we absolutely adore Kelly Light!

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So I am thrilled to be taking some time to talk about her latest book; Louise and Andie The Art of Friendship (Balzer + Bray, 2016).  This book is exactly what I had hoped it would be.  In this next adventure Louise and Art are getting a new neighbor, as they watch the movers arrive Louise is so excited to meet her new pal.  With of course one hope in mind, that she too loves art!  When it is discovered that Andie does love art well it truly is the best day ever.  They have so much in common, what could possibly go wrong?

Like most relationships there needs to be strong communication and these two artists are working on that skill.  When disaster strikes it is how they recover from the problem and move forward.  I of course, cannot spoil this for you…so you will have to rush to your local bookshop or library to see what happens.

What I think is pretty fabulous is the use of primary colors, if you were familiar with Louise Loves Art then you will know that red is the prominent color and here with the addition of Andie we get blue.  I love the attention to detail and the little touches that make these books so much fun to read with petites.  I will warn you, that just like when we read Louise Loves Art, immediately following reading the petites wanted to get out paints and get to work on creating their own art.

Enjoy!

 

Words of Wisdom from a Dog Governess

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I have been known to judge a book by its cover, you too?  It is almost impossible not to have a reaction to book covers and well this one is swoon worthy.  Let me introduce you to Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill (Tundra Books, 2016).  This book has been on my radar for a while now, I am rather obsessed with the books that Tundra publishes (This is Sadie, If I had a Gryphon) and when I saw the cover for this one, well I marked my calendar for the release date.

Miss Moon, is a completely whimsical story filled with incredibly thoughtful advice that is beneficial for not only canines (ours approves) as well as petites and even adults.  We are given a brief introduction to Miss Wilhelmina Moon on the first page where we learn that she set off with her French bulldog, petunia and her monkey, Mitford to become a governess to sixty-seven dogs.  During her time as a dog governess she imparted her wisdom and sage advice to these pooches and in this collection you the reader will learn her 20 ‘most important lessons for lessons for raising happy, healthy, well-mannered pooches – and people”.

I couldn’t possibly spoil all of the fun; but feel compelled to share our favorite lessons from Miss Moon…

Lesson One: Friends can come in many shapes and sizes.

Lesson Five: Practice Makes Perfect.

Lesson Six: A good book will chase away the dark.

Lesson Seven: Never stop learning.

Lesson Nine: The impossible can become possible with a little creativity.

These are just a few of my favorites.  I adore these lessons and the illustrations that go with them.  They are unique, yet classic.  They are absolutely delightful.

Teacher Application: This book would be so much fun to read in the first weeks of school to your class and then discuss what lessons/rules would be great to have in your class for the year.  These are all perfect jumping off points for students to be better citizens and classmates to one another.  It would also be fun to see what other lessons the students might want to add to the list of 20.

Age range 4-8 years old.

Leave it to Tundra Books to also create an awesome guide for educators to go along with this book.  Find it here.

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Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can buy all of the illustrations from this enchanting book on Janet Hill’s Etsy site.

Happy Reading!