Well, it’s a new month. Teachers in B.C. still don’t have a contract. Not sure when a pay cheque with my name on it is ever coming my way again . . . Sigh.
So I am making another picture book wish list! (July’s version is here) It’s supposed to be helping me not want to buy books for my classroom. (It doesn’t!) It does help me stay convinced that picture books are one of the best things in life. They bring much joy. Joy that is multiplied with rereads. 🙂
So, this month’s picture book dreaming includes these ten titles (some not yet released)
Knock Knock My Dad’s Dream for Me written by Daniel Beaty with illustrations by Bryan Collier (December 2013)
Loss. Hope. Upset. Deep love. All in 32 beautiful pages. I can’t recover from this book. I think I need to own it. And read it to children and let their responses and observations work their magic.
Flight School by Lita Judge (April 2014)
Seriously, I can’t get over how adorable this little penguin is – the turned in toes, the aviator glasses, the multi-coloured feathers (would be wings). And that he claims he has the soul of an eagle? Melt.
The Grudge Keeper written by Mara Rockliff with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler (April 2014)
Work with seven, eight and nine year olds and you experience drama – small things can become big things quickly. We work to keep perspective. A book that allows us to think about holding on when we should be letting go, about forgiveness and the power of blame. Yes, please. One for us.
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett (April 2014)
I am still in awe of just how brilliant The Boy and the Airplane was. Some say that they like this title more. And “well done wordless”? It is a weakness of mine . . .
Julia, Child written by Kyo Maclear with illustrations by Julie Morstad (July, 2014)
Read it. Loved it. Left it at the bookstore. Now I keep thinking about the potential as a read aloud. How it would inspire children to conjure up recipes and concoctions for helping adults stay true to what’s important. Can’t you just imagine? The writing. The list making. The art. Oh. Oh. I am so easily convinced.
My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am Not) by Peter Brown (July 2014)
September is around the corner. We all need some laughs. And oh how I adore Peter Brown!
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo (September 2014)
My Mom is one funky, energetic Nini (what my children started calling her and it stuck) who adores her grandchildren. I love stories with relationships that span the generations. I love the spunk of those a little wiser and more experienced and the adventures they can invite little ones to join. I also love every illustration by Lauren Castillo. Clearly, this book is meant for me.
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle (September 2014)
Because really – graceful penguins and Flora? We loved pink and flamingoes. Can’t wait for blues and a little ice.
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke (September 2014)
I just love how this sounds. Don’t you want to own a house by the sea and fill it with creatures when you need to spice up your world. Noisy, odd creatures? All the better!
A Perfectly Messed up Story by Patrick McDonnell (October 2014)
Well, first, Patrick McDonnell is brilliant. Second, we all need to embrace mess a little more. Stories – the writing, the reading and the telling don’t always go as planned. That’s the beauty of them, after all.
As I have said before, wish lists are a safe bet. They only become dangerous when we put them in our pocket. Which I am not going to do . . . Really.
What picture books are you dreaming about?