! (Exclamation Mark!)

Today’s PPBF post is in honor of Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a children’s author who left this world much too soon. Title: ! (Exclamation Mark!) Written by: Amy Krouse Rosenthal Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld Scholastic 2013 Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: punctuation, fitting in Opening: He stood out from the very beginning. Brief synopsis (from barnesandnoble.com) He … More ! (Exclamation Mark!)

Star Stuff, Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

For today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection, I’m sharing one of my favorite biographies. Now three years old, it still stands as a primo example of a biography for kids. Title: Star Stuff, Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos Written and Illustrated by: Stephanie Roth Sisson Roaring Brook Press, 2014, biography Suitable for … More Star Stuff, Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Du Iz Tak?

Here’s a fun one for Perfect Picture Book Friday! Title: Du Iz Tak? Written and illustrated by: Carson Ellis Candlewick, 2016, fiction Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/topics: nature, insects, life cycle, plants, language Opening: Du iz tak? Ma Nazoot. Brief synopsis (from barnesandnoble.com) Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies … More Du Iz Tak?

Animals by the Numbers

Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is pure nonfiction and totally engaging! Title: Animals by the Numbers, A Book of Animal Infographics Written and Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, nonfiction, 48 pages Suitable for ages: 6-9 Themes/topics: animals, graphs, charts, infographics, STEM, visual literacy Opening: Numbers help us understand our world. We … More Animals by the Numbers

A Voyage in the Clouds

This week’s Perfect Picture Book takes us up in the air and back in time. Title: A Voyage in the Clouds, the (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 Written by: Matthew Olshan Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016 Historical fiction, 40 pp. Suitable for ages: 4-8 Lexile: … More A Voyage in the Clouds

Steamboat School

This week, we’re back to Perfect Picture Book Friday with an important story, perfectly crafted with beautiful illustrations, and writing that touches the heart. Title: Steamboat School Written by: Deborah Hopkinson Illustrated by: Ron Husband Disney-Hyperion, 2016, historical fiction, inspired by a true story Suitable for ages: 4-7, (my opinion 5-10) Lexile: AD660 Themes/topics: education, African … More Steamboat School