Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales, and Poetry

Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales, and Poetry

Mary Northrup

Language: English

Pages: 200

ISBN: 0838911447

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Providing descriptive annotations of the best children's picture books published in the last decade, this comprehensive overview is perfect for librarians, teachers, parents, daycare providers, and anyone who works with young children. It is both an excellent tool for collection development and an abundant resource for planning storytimes and other children s programming. With selections based on proven appeal and quality, Northrup s survey features

  • An introductory essay on the nature of the picture book, and an explanation of the evaluation criteria
  • Bibliographic information on each picture book, including author, illustrator, publisher, date, and age recommendation
  • A thorough index for quick reference and an appendix of additional suggested resources

Packed with ardent and insightful recommendations, this book makes it a snap to select and use just the right picture books.


















4–8 years THE CARDBOARD PIANO Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins New York: Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2008 | 978-0-06-154265-7 Best friends Debbie and Tina love to do amazing things. But when Debbie tries to find a way that Tina can practice the piano, it does not quite work out the way she wishes. Illustrations in watercolor and ink support the narrative and add details to it. Dialogue balloons showing alternating conversations appear in some scenes. Perkins captures perfectly the dynamic

of doing something wrong, and the joy of overcoming obstacles. An older girl at school tricks Yoon, a recent immigrant from Korea, into giving up her family heirloom bracelet. Impressionistic illustrations capture the various moods: wanting to be invited to play jump rope, gratitude at receiving the bracelet, frustration in attempting to get it back, and relief at being aided by a kind teacher. Backgrounds, richly textured, sometimes contain wallpaper-like designs that mirror the colors and

brown, and green take the reader into a fall day no matter what the weather outside. The upper edges of the pages, die-cut into scallops and scoops and zigzags, create the mountains, meadows, forests, and rivers of the story setting. The text flows, matching the ever-moving course of the book and the floating Leaf Man. A unique and lovely book to fall into. Elliott, David 4–8 years IN THE WILD Illustrated by Holly Meade Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2010 | 978-0-7636-4497-0 A collection of

United States, Mexico, Bolivia, France, Mali, Saudi Arabia, India, and China. The text, a unifying sentence that begins with “Thank you,” addresses elements of nature, a swing, a window, and a mother that each square depicts. Children may want to go through this book page by page, looking at all the pictures at once, or looking at just one country’s illustrations at a time. With eight on each spread, the pictures are small and intimate, reflecting the child and his or her everyday experiences

character’s point of view? Or is there an omniscient narrator? What is the mood of the story? What emotions are invoked? Is the story told in first, second, or third person, with first and third being the two most popular? Setting What is the time (contemporary, historical, or future)? What is the place (farm, city, apartment, outdoors, foreign country, etc.)? Are they indispensable to the story? Plot What happens in the story? What is the problem to be solved or the obstacle to be

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