Picture Book

  1. El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo

    El Mejor Mariach del Mundo
    Cheech y su Autobus Escolar

     

    El Mejor Mariachi Del Mundo incorpora una tradición cultural hispana. En la familia de Gustavo todos tocaban instrumentos. Desde guitarra, trompetas, y guitarrones se oian siempre en todos lados.

     

    Toda la familia estaba en una banda menos Gustavo. El no sabia tocar ninguno de estos instrumentos.

     

  2. My Bike (2015)

    My Bike

    Byron Barton has written many of my favorite titles for young children, and this book is no exception. The illustrations are bright and bold, and the story both straightforward and surprising. Tom is riding his bicycle to work. The reader/listener is introduced to Tom and to the different parts of Tom’s bike. As Tom bikes to work he describes some of the people and things he bikes past. Younger listeners will enjoy the pictures and trying to name the objects while older listeners might be able to guess what Tom’s job is even before he arrives.

  3. Night Owl (2015)

    He settles on a branch and turns his head all the way around. Where is his mother? When he doesn’t see her he begins to listen very carefully. The reader/listener is invited to listen along and together Night Owl and his reader/listener explore the sounds of the night. Some sounds are too short, some too long, some too high and some too low. Then the sky itself beings to make noises, and Night Owl flies bravely home through the raindrops. At home he listens again and before long he hears, “The nicest sound of all.”

  4. Won Ton and Chopstick

    Won Ton and Chopstick
    Won Ton A Cat Tale

     

    In this twist on the “new baby in the house” story, Won Ton the black cat is introduced to a golden puppy that does not belong in his house. The author’s note at the beginning of the book informs the reader that the story is told using senryu, which is a form of Japanese poetry similar to haiku. Both senryu and haiku have three lines which contain a total of seventeen syllables. They capture a snapshot in time. Haiku focuses on nature, and senryu focuses on human nature—in this book the nature of Won Ton and Chopstick.

  5. Hands & Hearts

    Hands & Hearts
    Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of ASL
    My Heart Glow

    A mother and daughter spend a sunny day swimming, playing and frolicking at the beach, all the while using their hands to hold each other, dig in the sand, splash in the waves, put up a windbreak, and--most importantly--talk to each other, with American Sign Language.  Amy Bates’ breezy watercolor and pencil illustrations complement Napoli’s free verse.  Alongside them are panels, decorated in seaside motifs, featuring 15 ASL signs used in the story: run, roll, swim, sun, wall, water, and more.  Some of the sign illustrations are ambiguous; nevertheless, it’s refreshing to se

  6. !Piensa en Grande!

     An alphabet book that explores self-esteem

    Piensa en Grande,es un libro que cambia la manera de pensar de Vinney cuando el mundo le dice que es muy pequeno. Vinney no puede alcanzar libros en la biblioteca,no puede encestar la bola en el canasto de baloncesto, y otros ninos mas grandes le quitan la bola en el receso. Vinney muy triste le cuneta a su mama lo que le esta sucediendo y ella le aconseja que debe pensar en grande y le sugiere maneras de hacerlo. Desde entoncestodo cambia en la vida de Vinney.

  7. One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

    One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

     

    This mostly wordless, brightly illustrated picture book was originally published in German in 1973.  It asks the question, "One, two, where's my shoe?", and every spread thereafter features shoes hidden in unlikely places. The footwear generally isn't too difficult to spot, making this more appropriate for younger readers, although it may give older students ideas for hiding objects in their own drawings. 

  8. Bear Takes a Trip /Oso se va de viaje

     

    Ésta historia bilingue nos describe el recorrido de un oso y su amigo a diferentes horas del día hasta llegar a su destino final.

     

    Durante la aventura relata lo que va sucediendo desde que se levanta, se encuentra con su amigo y todo lo que hacen antes de llegar al lugar deseado.

     

  9. Cats Are Cats

    Cats are Cats

    Miss Bell goes to pet store buys a cute kitten that has stripes, a tail and a smile so like a tiger, that she names him—what else?—“Tiger.”  But Tiger soon grows out of kitten-hood; as a matter of fact, he is soon as big as a tiger, and even roars, moves and plays like a tiger!  Although it’s obvious to others that this is no ordinary cat, bespectacled Miss Bell still sees Tiger as her beloved baby pet. “Cats are Cats,” she says.” Miss Bell knows that cats love to watch fish, so she returns to the pet store to buy Tiger some of the little critters.

  10. Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

    Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

     

    Jeanette Winter writes excellent picture book biographies for early grade elementary students, and this book is no exception.  Malala Yosafzai is a 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, despite being only 17 years old.  When she was eleven, she spoke up about the importance of education for girls, despite the fact that she lived in Pakistan and received threats from the Taliban.  Eventually, a Taliban fighter shoots her, but Malala lives after being transported across the ocean to be treated.  And Malala continues to speak up.

  11. ¡Quiero ayudar! Let Me Help

     ¡Quiero ayudar! Let Me Help

    Este libro escrito por Alma Flor Ada nos relata una experiencia relacionada con la celebración del Cinco De Mayo.

    Todo comienza con Perico,la mascota de la familia queriendo ayudar en la preparación de la fiesta. El repetía y repetía “quiero ayudar”. Durante los preparativos de la celebración Perico queria ayudar a la abuela y Martita con los tamales, y a los demás miembros de la familia con la decoración, la música y hasta con la preparación de los deliciosos panes preparados por Don Martín.

  12. Here Comes Santa Cat

    Here Comes Santa Cat

    In “Here Comes Santa Cat”, we meet a cat dressed up in a Santa suit that is having a conversation with an unseen narrator.  After viewing Cat’s “current year to date” pie chart showing a ratio of his naughty to nice behavior, we learn why he wants to be Santa—he wants a present.  Maybe if Cat does some nice things, Santa will give him a present after all.  Cat’s attempts at niceness go terribly awry over and over, until finally he does it right.  And Cat meets Santa after all.  The ink and colored pencil illustrations show Cat with a multitude of emotions, and the u

  13. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

    Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

     

     

     

    "What do the trees know?

    To bend when all the wild winds blow.

    Roots are deep and time is slow.

    All we grasp we must let go.

    What do the trees know?

    Buds can weather ice and snow.

    Dark gives way to sunlight’s glow.

    Strength and stillness help us grow."

  14. Shooting At the Stars

    Shooting At the Stars

    Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of the Christmas truce that occurred in the trenches between British and German troops during World War I in 1914.  The story is told conveyed through a letter by a British soldier to his mother.  He tells of December 24th, when the British soldiers heard singing coming from the opposing trench 30 paces away.  Stille Nacht--Silent Night.  The next morning, they woke up to calls from the German soldiers.  Warily, soldiers from both sides began to step out into “No Man’s Land”.  They first buried their d

  15. Take Away The A

    Take Away The A

     

    This innovative and unique alphabet book takes a basic word like "beast", take away the "a" and "the BEAST is the BEST". "Without the B, the BRIDE goes for a RIDE."  Reading the book straight through would be fun for preschool and kindergarten, but for older students and their teachers, its a great excuse for wordplay!  Highly recommended.

  16. Baby Bear Counts One

    Baby Bear Counts One

    Another of my favorite seasonal picture books is this companion book to Baby Bear Sees Blue.  In an autumn landscape, a curious bear cub asks Mama Bear questions about the sounds of animals around them, and then counts the animals as they make their preparations for the winter.

  17. Sophie's Squash

    Sophie's Squash

    Among my very favorite picture books are those with the theme of changing seasons.  This story by Wisconsin author Miller is at the top of the list.  At a fall farm market with her mother and father, Sophie picks out a yellow squash.  The squash is just the right size for Sophie to hold, and--it turns out—to love. “I’m glad we met,” says Sophie.

  18. The Orchestra Pit

    The Orchestra Pit

    A wide-eyed spotted snake from the zoo wanders into “the wrong pit,” and wends its way among the instruments of an orchestra: brass, winds, strings, percussion.  It is impressed by all the sights and sounds—and hiding places: charmed by the oboe, cozy in the tuba.  The snake’s fascination is not returned by the musicians, however, and the zookeeper is summoned.  Time to hide!  As the musicians warm up their instruments, the snake likens the sounds to those of other animals in the zoo.

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