Some books show you something special before you even open the cover. With or without that gold-foiled-title, this is one of them. Where are these places? Who lives there? I want to know. Don’t you? Come on.
The thing about picture books (or early readers in this case!) is that they can stick in your heart and your brain and become an actual memory, a feeling, and a true part of your childhood. In this series, we’ll take a look at picture books of the past and relive those memories through modern picture books. Let’s make connections between then and now.
Alexandra Boiger’s inspiration for Max and Marla came from many places. Some are quite obvious, such as watching the Sochi Winter Olympics, while others aren’t. However, the underlying essence is based on past and present life experiences. These experiences are personal as well as obtained by watching family, friends, and people in general.
There’s a little ninja in every kid and, with the help of these great books, there can be a little ninja in every great story time, too!
Talk like a pirate day has come and gone. It’s time to get your ninja on.
When I learned nearly 2/3 of children from low income households do not own books, I was moved to take action. I created the initiative, Picture Book Pass it On to get quality books to kids in need. I’m a children’s author and mom, and I believe we should never underestimate the power of a picture book. I believe one book can make a difference in the life of a child. November is Picture Book Month. I welcome you to celebrate the power of picture books and accept the PBPiO call to action.
The thing about picture books is that they can stick in your heart and your brain and become an actual memory, a feeling, and a true part of your childhood. In this series, we’ll take a look at picture books of the past and relive those memories through modern picture books. Let’s make connections between then and now.
Around the world, schools, libraries, booksellers, and book lovers are coming together to celebrate the print picture book during the month of November. Now in its fifth year, the initiative is a viral phenomenon and was even featured on Oprah.com. Thousands joined the celebration creating Picture Book Month events across the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, Hungary, India, Jamaica, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
One of the beauties of picture books is how they can meet a child right where she is. Learning to ride a bike? There’s a picture book for that. Anticipating a new family member? There’s a picture book for that too. Books let us know, adult and kid readers alike, that someone else has gone through the same thing. So if you’re celebrating one of these dozen milestones with a child, we hope one of these dozen books will come in handy.
Steve Light, author illustrator of HAVE YOU SEEN MY DRAGON? and PLANES GO , shows us some of the drawings he made as a kid and shares why, to him, it was crucial to draw every single detail.