Written by Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by David Jarvis
Published by Blue Sky Press (September 1, 2002)
Dr. Smart Pig is lonely because he doesn’t have any friends. His brothers were eaten by Big Bad Wolf, so he is living all by himself. It’s almost Halloween, and he is concerning who to go trick or treating with. All of the sudden, he decides to create a friend who can protect him from the wolf. What would happen after he invents a pig friend? It might be a monster!
This cute picture book is great for easy and fun read for young readers. Great for story telling in a preschool. Because this book has story connection with old folklore, children might find connection and enjoy this book.
Book Telling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noplzju1R7s
Book Review by author: http://www.kathrynlasky.com/books/book/porkenstein
Written and Illustrated by Bill Thomson
Published by Two Lions; 1st edition (March 1, 2010)
The Chalk is very simple but exquisite book for early readers. It’s basically the magical story of children’s adventure and discover on a rainy day. Illustration if just beautiful and magical. Children finds out that what they draw with chalk become alive.
I highly recommend this book to every young readers. This book doesn’t have words, but even only images tell great story. I was impressed when I first read this book, because it didn’t have any words with images. This book meant to be help children to imagine with magical world and explore. Illustration is awesome and wonderful and it also honors diversity. The main character in this book has dark skin, and I think it is great to see diversity in beautiful children’s picture book.
Read Aloud Audio Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MomQf_CTksM
Book Review: http://lookingglassreview.com/books/chalk/
Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Translated by Richard Howard
Published by June 29, 2000
First published in 1943
This beautiful classic novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was written in French language. This book is very magical and charming at it is. This is story of little boy who leaves to tiny planet to travel the universe. His odyssey is just beautifully written. This speculative fiction is very classic literacy work by French author.
I think this book is must read middle grade book for young readers and even adult readers. I think reading classic literature teach children to learn how author from the past wrote and created their literacy work.
Article from The New York Times: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-strange-triumph-of-the-little-prince
Audio Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTi536xVuw4
Written by Lois Lowry
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers; Rep Mti edition (July 1, 2014)
What if there are no crime, no poverty, and no sickness in our world? There are nothing to worry about, nothing like unemployment. Everyone would be happy, don’t you think? 12 years old Jonas become the Receiver of Memories in community. Jonas meets old man who is the Giver, and he finds out the mysterious and scary secret about their world.
This book is written by Lois Lowry, who wrote Number the Stars. I think this author’s literature work is exquisite as it is. It really gives great messages and lessons to young readers. The Giver is a great story that nothing can be perfect. This book talks about the Utopian world that everything seems just perfect, but has dark secret behind it. Middle age children would love to read this book. We often think that if our world is perfectly controlled, everyone can be happy. But that means we don’t have emotion, no love, or no sorrow. I think this book really gives messages that everything we feel living through this world is valuable.
Book Review: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3636.The_Giver
Interview with Lois Lowry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYGGs2lxtjY
Written and Illustrated by Peter H Reynolds
Published by Candlewick; Dot, Ish, Sky Color edition (August 28, 2012)
Marisol is a little girl who loves to paint. She is so excited when her teacher asks her to make plan for mural for the library in the school. Unfortunately, Marisol finds out that she is out of blue paint that need for color the sky. Marisol wonders how she is going to solve this issue. Marisol and her classmates decide to paint the sky with all other colors they have, and it makes the whole different world.
This book is simple and short, but the illustration makes this book so exciting and wonderful to read. This book would be great for art teacher to read it to their students to inspirit and motivate them. This book would definitely helps children to break their stereotypes and be creative. Giving motivational messages, this book is wonderful for young readers who are just starting to dive in to books.
Interview with author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVlDtmb_s1g
Book Review: http://lookingglassreview.com/books/sky-color/
Written and Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Published by Candlewick Press; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)
This cute picture book by Jon Klassen has adorable illustration and the story that can entertain young readers. This is book for early reader age of 4-8, and has very humorous story that can just laugh about it. This book has been selected to A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011.
Sometimes, rather than informative or serious books, this kind of very entertaining and simple story picture book can catch more attention of young children readers. Bear is looking for the red hat that he missed. Bear asks every animal around him that have they seen the red hat, and the story get really fun. I think this book can be nice bed time story for young readers.
Website of the author: http://blog.picturebookmakers.com/post/152596041611/jon-klassen
Audio Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUcT3z2lcmU
Written by J.K. Rowling
Illustrated by Mary GrandPre
Published by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling (December 8, 2015)
Harry Potter! What a enchanted name! I grew up Harry Potter series, and I loved it when I first met this character. Harry Potter is the most brilliant creation that led children to the new world. This first series of Harry Potter was sensational for the young readers. Harry Potter is a little orphan wizard who doesn’t know he has magical power. One day, he is invited to join Hogwarts School of Magic. This book is about the first year of Harry and his friends in Hogwarts.
I remember when I first met Harry Potter. I was amazed to see this enchanted character. I read the whole series in only 2 days, because I was so drawn to this fantasy. Personally, I think this book doesn’t talk much about diversity, but I think it’s fantastic book itself. Book is not informative or really educational I say, but it can give children opportunities to explore new world.
Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKSB0gXl9dw
Interview with author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGn5qrg8Ds4
Written by Kelly Barnhill
Published by Algonquin Young Readers (August 9, 2016)
Xan is a witch of the forest. Every year in small town, people leave a baby in the forest to sacrifice for Xan. But Xan is a kind and nice witch who loves babies. Every year, Xan rescues babies and find a new home for the babies. One year, Xan accidentally gave her part of magical power to a baby girl. Instead of find a new home for baby girl, Xan decides to raise her. Xan named her Luna. Fantastic story about Luna makes this book variety and enchanted.
This book won Newbery Medal. With that reason, I was excited to read the book when I got it. I think this book has beautiful narrative that grow children’s imagination. Doesn’t have illustration, so it might be more great to see the illustration. I think this book can be so great if it made to a movie. Some of controversies has been made with some reviewers . I can’t wait to see the criticism in aspect of feminism.
Articles from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/books/review/girl-who-drank-the-moon-kelly-barnhill.html?_r=0
Interview video with Kelly Barnhill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3JXsIk3kJ4
Written by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by Scholastic Inc.
Leo is a house ghost. When we think of ghost, we think it’s scary thing. But Leo is a friendly ghost who loves to make snacks and draw. People mostly can’t see him because he is a ghost. One day, new family moves into Leo’s home and Leo was so excited to meet new friends. But new family got scared of Leo’s kindness, because the fact that they couldn’t see him. Leo was sad, so he left his home. After leaving his home, Leo meets Jane, who is brave, naive and loves to try new thing. They become great friends, and they begin their adventure together as a friend.
This book has imaginary character that does not exist in our real world. Many children has their imaginary friend once in their childhood. I think this book can support children’s naive heart and grow their imagination. Illustration is simple but strong. This book honors diversity of other world adventure, and I think that is what children really need in there young stage of life.
Publisher Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4521-3156-6
Picture book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk8P995Bq2U
Written by Philip C. Stead
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Published by A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, New York
What would happen if human can become friend with animals?
Amos McGee is a zookeeper who is friend with animals in the zoo. He takes good care of his little animal friends, and always there when animals need some help. One day, Amos McGee couldn’t make it to Zoo because he got very sick. Animal friends got worried. They took bus to Amos’ house to visit him. At his house, Amos McGee spends time with his visitors.
The winner of The Caldecott Medal, this book has heart warming story of love and friendship of naive animals and their human friend. This picture book has won the best award that children’s literature can get. And I think this book definitely match its reputation. Beautiful illustration with heart warming story that can teach children a great lesson.
My favorite book so far!
Erin Stead Illustrations: https://erinstead.com/books/a-sick-day-for-amos-mcgee/
Goodreads Review: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7268995-a-sick-day-for-amos-mcgee