Because of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? posts, I find myself often with huge piles of picture books from the library that were highly recommended by fellow bloggers. I celebrate many of the nonfiction pictures books on Wednesdays, but I want to share some of the fiction picture books I have enjoyed. So, I decided to start series here on UR where I can pass on the love for these books sporadically as I read them. Here is a list of some great pictures books that I’ve read recently from my huge library pile (part 3!).
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Author: Chieri Uegaki
Illustrator: Qin Leng
Published August 1st, 2014 by Kids Can Press
I’m so glad that Carrie Gelson recommended this one to me. This book is about family, memories, music, and dreams. Hana Hashimoto is influenced by her grandfather’s violin playing when she visited him in Japan. So much that although she has only had 3 lessons on the violin, she enters her school’s talent show. Although her brother doesn’t believe she will succeed, little Hana says she is going to play anyways. The ending of the book is perfection, and I just love our protagonist so much for her creativity and perseverance.
Mix It Up!
Author: Herve Tullet
Published September 16th, 2014 by Chronicle Books
I love how interactive Tullet’s books are. If you are a fan of Press Here, you will find this one just as enjoyable.
My Pet Book
Author: Bob Staake
Published July 8th, 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
I love a good book-tribute book, and this is a super-cute, silly one. A young boy wants a pet, and his parents take him to get one: a brand-new, frisky, red hardcover! The book then tells about the boy and book’s time together (and their time apart when the book disappears) in catchy, rhyming text. I especially think kids will like the illustrations because they are so vibrant and cartoon-like. A very fun book!
Author: Mina Javaherbin
Illustrator: Renato Alarcao
Published April 8th, 2014 by Candlewick Press
This is a special book. It tells the story of Felino who finds the greatest joy when he is playing soccer with his friends. Although he works for a living as a child, lives in poverty, and already is facing many harsh realities that children shouldn’t face, Felino is never negative and has true dreams of soccer. His story is inspiring and so worth reading.
Author: Paul Showers
Published February 28th, 1993 by HarperCollins
A great call to listen. Would be fun to read with a class then go on a listening walk. Also great onomatopoeias!
What picture books should I add to my pile next?