Archive for the 'Reading Suggestions' Category

Be Brave

9 October 2013


Inspired by the many wonderful teachers and librarians on Twitter who have “Be Brave” as a motto for their classrooms this year, I made this poster for downloading. A special thanks to all who have shared The Story of Fish & Snail with their students!

Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Courage: Sheila Rae, the Brave, by Kevin Henkes; Swimmy, by Leo Lionni; When Jessie Came Across the Sea, by Amy Hest & P.J. Lynch; Mirette on the High Wire, by Emily Arnold McCully; The Scar, by Charlotte Moundlic & Olivier Tallec; Brave Irene, by William Steig.

I’ve gone dotty……

11 September 2013


September 15 is International Dot Day, when over 1 million teachers and students, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot, plan to celebrate “teaching and learning with creativity”. This is my mark — see others by some of your favorite authors and illustrators here, at “Celebri-dots“.

Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Art and Imagination: Flyaway Katie by Polly Dunbar, The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven, I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak, Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty, How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird by Jacques Prevert and Mordicai Gerstein.

And More Picturebooks about Art and Imagination.

Frog and Toad Have Good Ideas

6 November 2012

Lessons learned from Frog and Toad:

I’m on the road today, guest posting over at Writing for Kids.

Salad Days

22 October 2012

Autumn Salad


Toss together:

  • Mixed fall leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Hydrangea flowers
  • Season to taste with fern fronds. Serve on a bed of pine needles; garnish with feverfew, mums.

    Suggested Reading, RECIPES: Mudpies and Other Recipes, by Marjorie Winslow and Erik Blegvad.

    Suggested Reading, Books about LEAVES: The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger; Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert; Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke; Leaves by David Ezra Stein; Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace;

    Dear Reader,

    14 February 2012

    Happy Valentine’s Day.

    Suggested Reading for Valentine’s Day: The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in It , by Carl Sandburg and Harriet Pincus; Henry in Love, by Peter McCarty; Bloom, by Maria van Lieshout; Ooh-la-la (Max in Love), by Maira Kalman.

    Chicken Book Stack

    26 January 2012

    I know that, BLOG.
    And that’s actually why I’ve been
    working on a “suggested reading” list –
    picture books about chickens.

    Thanks a lot, Blog.

    Readers… I have my favorites; what are yours?

    How to Make a Splash

    9 January 2012

  • Drop a spot of ink, liquid watercolor, or other watered-down paint onto some paper.
  • Blow at it through a straw…
  • Ta-da!
  • Visit here for other messy ways to make a splash.
  • Suggested Reading, Splashy Picture Books: Art & Max by David Wiesner, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow, Mudkin by Stephen Gammell, Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth and Stephen Gammell.

    A New Day, A New Year…

    1 January 2012

    Wishing you all blue skies for 2012!

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Clouds: Cloudland by John Burningham, Little Cloud by Eric Carle, The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola, Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld, The Police Cloud by Christoph Niemann.

    The Pool is OPEN

    18 July 2011

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Water: A Drop of Water, by Walter Wick; All the Water in the World, by George Ella Lyon & Katherine Tillotson; Wave, by Suzy Lee.

    Sshhh… Don’t Tell!

    27 April 2011

    Look, Blog!
    Blue Chicken got it’s first review,
    and it’s pretty good!

    I know, but… too late to fix anything now.
    It’s at the printer. And anyway, my editor seems happy…

    Blog! SSHHHHH!!

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Secrets: It’s a Secret, by John Burningham; The Secret Circus, by Johanna Wright; The Secret Shortcut, by Mark Teague; The Secret Birthday Message, by Eric Carle; Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter; The Day of Ahmed’s Secret, by Florence H. Parry and Ted Lewin; The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Robert Ingpen.

    Mud-luscious and Puddle-wonderful

    26 March 2011

    in Just-
    spring when the world is mud-
    luscious the little
    lame balloonman

    whistles far and wee…

    By E. E. Cummings

    Read the rest here.

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About MUD: Mud Book: How to Make Pies and Cakes, by John Cage and Lois Long; Mudkin, by Stephen Gammell; Mud Pies and Other Recipes, by Marjorie Winslow & Erik Blegvad; The Piggy in the Puddle, by Charlotte Pomerantz and James Marshall.

    Can a Kitty and a Princess Get Married?

    14 February 2011

    … Then, before Lucie could stop him, Scribble scrambled into a Giant Thicket, where deep within he discovered the Princess Aurora, who had been asleep for One Hundred Years.

    And when Scribble saw Aurora’s lovely, drowsy eyes and her rosy cheeks, he thought that she might be what beautiful was, and he longed to rescue her at once…

    From Scribble, © Deborah Freedman 2007

    Suggested Reading for Valentine’s Day, Picture Books About Love

    Chew Chew Chew

    4 February 2011

    Happy Bubble Gum Day!

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Bubblegum: Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy, Trouble Gum by Matthew Cordell.

    What’s My Line?

    25 January 2011

    © Deborah Freedman

    Can you tell a story that starts with one LINE?

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Lines:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, Follow the Line by Laura Ljungkvist, Tommaso and the Missing Line by Matteo Pericoli, Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman, A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska, and Scribble, by me (Deborah Freedman)!

    (Special p.s. to the children at McDonough School: I’m looking forward to meeting you!)

    It Snowed Yesterday

    13 January 2011

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Snow: Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka; White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin R. Tresselt Roger Duvoisin; The Snow Day by Komako Sakai; Snow by Uri Shulevitz.

    Color Me Colorful

    30 November 2010

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Colors:

    The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, Alice Provensen, & Martin Provensen
    The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin, Rosana Faria, & Elisa Amado
    Full Color
    by Etienne Delessert
    A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni, also Little Blue and Little Yellow
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin & Eric Carle
    Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill & Leonard Weisgard
    Red Sings From Treetops by Joyce Sidman & Pamela Zagarenski
    Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vacarro Seeger
    Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri
    Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

    I’m collecting titles… do you have any color-full suggestions to add?

    Would You Like Some Honey With That?

    10 September 2010

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Apples: Apples, Apples, Apples, by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace; The Apple Doll, by Elisa Kleven; How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman; Ten Apples Up On Top!, by Dr. Seuss; The Apple Pie That Papa Baked, by Lauren Thompson and Jonathan Bean; One Green Apple, by Eve Bunting and Ted Lewin; One Red Apple, by Harriet Ziefert and Karla Gudeon.

    Starry Night

    6 July 2010

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About the Night: In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck & Tricia Tusa, Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks, It’s a Secret! by John Burningham, Moon Theater by Etienne Delessert, Little Night by Yuyi Morales, A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na, The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson & Beth Krommes, Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer.

    How to Reach the Top Ten

    29 June 2010

    Suggested Reading, 6 Picture Books About the Number 10: Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Suess, 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews, Ten Mice for Tet! by Pegi Deitz Shea, Cynthia Weill, To Ngoc Trang, and Pham Viet Dinh, 10 Minutes to Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann, Ten Puppies by Lynn Reiser.

    He Makes It Look So Easy…

    8 June 2010

    Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, 1878 – 1949

    Suggested reading for children: Rap a Tap Tap, by Leo and Diane Dillon