The Book Stack

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An eclectic little stack today. Click on the images to go to a link about the book.

SHOW ME A STORY! WHY PICTURE BOOKS MATTER: CONVERSATIONS WITH 21 OF THE WORLD'S MOST CELEBRATED ILLUSTRATORS compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus, Candlewick 2012

I’ve been enjoying books I can read a little here and a little there. This book, however, is one I found myself engulfing. Even though there are 21 conversations with different illustrators, and even though I started with my favorites, I’ve found myself reading all of them. I’m intrigued by the work and thinking behind illustrations, as well as the way Leonard S. Marcus crafted the conversations. I want to craft interviews like he does. It is a great book to use as a teacher preparing for an author/illustrator study. In addition, it is a great book to excerpt interviews and use as mentor texts to help students understand the craft of writing interviews. There is much more to it than writing questions and then transcribing the answers verbatim. This book is helping me understand the sophistication that comes with writing interviews and sharing them with an audience. It will be available on May 8.

HAPPY LIKE SOCCER by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Lauren Castillo, Candlewick, 2012

I love Maribeth Boelt’s work. You know her from THOSE SHOES, right? This new book, HAPPY LIKE SOCCER, is a gem. I read it every day last week and continue to be in awe by the craft of the story. Not only that, but it tugs at my heart strings every time I read it. It pushes readers to infer and helps writers see how to build stories through showing instead of telling. The sophistication of Maribeth’s craft pushes me to hone my own narrative writing. “Someday, I want to write like Maribeth,” Hannah, my fourth grade daughter said to me last Friday. I’m sure this text will be a go-to mentor in many classrooms, across grade levels, next year. Get your copy on May 8.

SUPPOSE YOU MEET A DINOSAUR: A FIRST BOOK OF MANNERS by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Time Bowers, Knopf Books, a division of Random House, 2012

This book makes us giggle every time we read it. Full of vibrant illustrations and clever text, I’ve been spinning how this book might play out in a primary writing workshop when studying informative writing. It’s a question-answer format, with the answers in the form of speech bubbles. It is a natural structure for our youngest writers, but with a little twist.

And since we’ve been reading SUPPOSE YOU MEET A DINOSAUR, we just had to get out some of our other favorite Judy Sierra books: