Picture Books At The Library 102

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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Priscilla loves gorillas for many reasons, but especially because they always get their way.

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Pignatius the pig makes his way into the palace and into the prince’s room where he tries on the prince’s clothes. Lucky for him, everyone thinks he is the prince.

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The people in this apartment building are much too busy to sleep. Who’s making all that noise?

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As darkness falls in the forest, animals hoot, chirp, whirr, and bark, lulling drowsy children to sleep.

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This is the tale of the mighty Brobarians, two warriors, once at peace, now at odds.

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Three goats are afraid the chupacabra will make a meal of them, so they set off to stop him before he can decide that goats are his favorite thing to eat.

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A lyrical look at why we love round things, from the small details of everyday life to the vast and ancient forces that shape our world.

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Trees change through the seasons–springing to life, bearing fruit, and losing their leaves before they rest for the winter.

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When three creative tracks join an old wooden train set, the bossy trains blare orders, and the bored tracks snooze and snore.

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Boy and girl seek playmate to pet bunnies, smell flowers, read books, and play peek-a-boo.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

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Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Caps For Sale

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Of course!

Picture Books At The Library 101

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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Asks readers to think about ways in which the natural world has provided for them by exploring all the different elements of a house.

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A daring young astronaut arrives on Mars, certain he will find life there. But soon he’s lost and there’s no sign of life anywhere.

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A child uses his imagination to build all sorts of things while, at the same time, his father builds a boat.

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A little girl’s favorite stuffed toy has been stolen by a fox and she’s determined to get it back.

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A stray kitten is rescued from the dangerous streets and soon finds a loving home.

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Rosie is a family dog who goes about her day exploring opposites.

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Four young girls search for the perfect hats to complete their big surprise.

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A boy explains to his new baby brother all the fun adventures they will have together.

 

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Angry peddler seeks way to get caps back from mischievous monkeys.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

Caps for Sale

Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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Picture Books and Religion by Pamela Love

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Yesterday I reviewed Pamela Love’s beautiful children’s book Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about Saint Brigid of Ireland. (Read the review HERE) Today I’m pleased to hand the blogging reins over to Pamela so that she can give us valuable tips on writing religious-themed picture books. Take it away, Pamela!

PICTURE BOOKS AND RELIGION

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Pamela Love

Suggestions about writing picture books with a religious subject or theme:

1. Since the typical picture book has only 32 pages, and runs under (sometimes substantially under) a thousand words, consider focusing on just one person, ritual, or holiday. You may even decide to limit your topic further. For example, in my latest picture book, Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about Saint Brigid of Ireland, instead of describing her entire life, I relate a specific miracle she is said to have experienced as a child.

2. Be sure to provide the information needed to understand your book. Remember, not every reader or listener may be as familiar with the material as you, particularly since picture books are generally intended for children. This teaching may even include secular material. For Brigid and the Butter, I described the process of churning butter to children who’ve almost certainly never done it.

3. With #2 in mind, your publisher may ask you to provide additional information about the subject for your readers. Pauline Books and Media told me to include a separate, short biography about the life of Saint Brigid of Ireland. In any case, have a bibliography of any source material available in case the publisher requests it.

4. If your book relates something that happened long ago, consider connecting to the child by showing how something long ago affects us now. This may include a prayer (as in Brigid and the Butter) or a description of how children today celebrate a holiday or take part in a ritual. 

To order your own copy of Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about Saint Brigid of Ireland, click this link:

https://www.amazon.com/Brigid-Butter-Legend-about-Ireland/dp/0819812331

About the Author: 

Pamela Love grew up in New Jersey, and attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She was a teacher and a marketer before turning to writing. Pamela is the author of numerous children’s picture books and has written many stories and poems for children’s magazines. She is also a contributor to Family Matters: Thirteen Short Stories, published by Pauline Books and Media. She lives with her husband and son in Maryland. 

My View Book Review: Brigid and the Butter by Pamela Love

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Title: Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about Saint Brigid of Ireland

Author: Pamela Love

Illustrator: Apryl Stott

Publisher/Year: Pauline Kids/ 2017

Back Cover Blurb: Saints were once kids–just like you! Brigid was a child in Ireland a long time ago. Taking Bishop Patrick’s words to heart, she learned that you don’t need to have much in order to give. Discover how fresh butter and a generous spirit led to Saint Brigid’s very first miracle. 


Brigid and her mother were slaves in Ireland long ago. Brigid was just a young girl, but she worked hard everyday, cooking, cleaning, and caring for the cows. Twice a week, she spent hours making fresh butter. One day, as she and her mother walked the countryside, they came upon Bishop Patrick telling a small group of listeners a gospel story of Jesus and how he blessed five loaves of bread and two small fishes and fed a huge crowd of hungry people. Brigid listened intently to the story.

Sometime later, Brigid had just finished filling a small bowl with butter, the only food they had in the house, when an old woman came to the door. The woman was hungry and asked if Brigid had any food to spare. Brigid explained that all she had was the small bowl of butter. The woman’s eyes became misty at the sight of it. She hadn’t had butter in a very long  time. Now Brigid had an important decision to make.  

It seems fitting to share, this week, a story about a  young girl who knew Bishop Patrick, the man who would become Saint Patrick. Though the story isn’t about him, it’s clear that he had a big impact on the life of a girl who would one day become a saint herself.

Author Pamela Love’s Brigid and the Butter is truly a lovely tale about generosity and giving. It shows how even one small child can make a difference in the life of someone else. Really it shows how every person can make a difference, no matter our circumstances. We need only open our hearts and let our generous spirits flow out to others, just as Saint Brigid did as a girl and continued to do for her entire life. She is a role model for us all.

Apryl Stott’s sweet illustrations are a perfect match for the text, portraying scenes from long ago in muted tones, yet managing to infuse energy throughout the book, an energy that brings Saint Brigid’s story to life.

Brigid and the Butter ends with two fitting extras: An About page that gives readers more information about Brigid’s life and a Prayer to Saint Brigid.

Please come back tomorrow to read a guest article by author Pamela Love with suggestions on how to write religious-themed picture books.

Picture Books At The Library 100

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

Wow! I can’t believe this is my 100th Picture Books At The Library post! I enjoy sharing the new titles my library acquires and some of you have told me that my lists have been useful to you. And that makes me happy! So without further delay, let’s take a look at this week’s batch of beautiful picture books.

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A mama bunny tries desperately to get her little ones to settle down and go to sleep.

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Sloppy the tree dragon wants a hug, but Dewdrop the sprite isn’t going to give him one, for a very good reason.

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Trapped by a flash flood with the ox bearing all her community’s rice seedlings, Malini is afraid and wants to run, but the rice must be saved.

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What do you do at a county fair? Count chickens, of course. They’re everywhere!

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Captain Alfred is sailing home when his boat is caught in a mighty storm. Everything aboard is flung into the sea , including a very special egg.

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Nobody is watching. Now’s the perfect chance. Ready bunny.Steady bunny. Every bunny dance.

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Bunny hatches a plan to bring the joy of reading to all his forest friends.

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Little Louie has the worst cold ever. All he wants is his mom, but every time he calls for her, Bob the dog comes running instead.

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When Elephant takes a walk with his green umbrella, he’s interrupted by Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit, all claiming that his umbrella belongs to them.

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Bear likes jam so much that he forgets to share it and he even sneaks it when he’s not supposed to.

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Antoinette the poodle gets the chance to discover what makes her special when puppy Ooh-La-La goes missing.

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Narrator seeks answers from animals and people to question: “What do you see?”

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

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Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

The Snowy Day

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Bible Stories From A Unique Perspective

Most folks, religious or not, are familiar with many of the stories from the Bible. Perhaps most familiar are the stories about Noah’s ark, David and Goliath, Joseph and his coat of many colors, and, of course, Jesus’ birth. Illustrated children’s Bibles do a nice job of sharing these stories with kids, but often, the stories are just simplified versions of those told in the Bible. What if there was a way to impart the messages of the Bible in a way that would capture the attention of even the youngest listeners? Mandy Jacob, author of several Bible-based books for children, has found a way. Let’s hear from Mandy.

pic-1People often ask me what inspired such a different take on the traditional Bible stories. Honestly, I can’t take all the credit. I was sitting in church one day, listening to a sermon about Noah’s faith in God. Allowing Him to steer the Ark where He deemed fit, since the Ark had no rudder. And then it struck me. Why not convey this exact message to children through the eyes of the Ark?

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I told a few friends and they all encouraged me to write the story. But first, the pragmatic part of me had to make sure that there wasn’t a similar book out there already. To my excitement, I didn’t find anything else like my idea. Especially not with respect to Bible stories. Finally, a unique way to convey adult concepts directly to my young audience! 

Not only that, but having two early readers, I decided that I had to follow the Right Brain approach to reading. Having these two unique ideas meshed into one book, was simply enthralling to me. Once I had finished the first book, I realized I could apply the same principles to as many Bible characters as I had time for. Hence, the birth of my series! 

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I have currently written five books. A Vessel without a Passage, Joseph’s Coat, and David’s Pebble were released just a few weeks ago! The Cursed Tree will be released in March and Moses’s Glorious Staff in April. In my books you will encounter eyewitness testimonies of Bible heroes. However, these untold stories are not of your usual Bible heroes but instead are narrated by their unique inanimate objects.

With three more books on the back burner, I am hoping to capture the minds and imaginations of many young readers.

Elephants Never Forget!

For all of you participating in ReFoReMo, this is a great mentor text!

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Recently I revisited an old favorite.

Elephants Never Forget! was written by Anushka Ravishankar and illustrated by Christiane Pieper. It was published in 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Interestingly, this book was first published in India by Tara Publishing. The cover is what captured my attention and coaxed me into opening the book. I can’t stress enough the importance of a great attention-grabbing cover for picture books.

The cover illustration for Elephants Never Forget! (actually all the illustrations in the book) is only three simple colors-black and lavender on a cream background. The incredible, lively illustrations were created digitally, but you’d never guess it. I think they work perfectly for this rewarding tale that has an ending that I didn’t expect. Here’s a summary: A lost baby elephant finds a new home with the buffalo and when the elephant herd returns, he must decide who he will live with.

 It’s worth noting that

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