Archive for the ‘Recommended Books’ Category
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Today is the first official day of fall! So, here’s a treat from us here at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop:
OUR FAVORITE BOOKS!
Or, some of them. Have you read them? You should! Check out what our book enthusiasts are saying about these special picks.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (2013, Little Brown)
Roar! Mr. Tiger is tired of being polite and proper all the time. And then he has an idea… A wild take on the Just-Be-Yourself story.
Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora (1991, Greenwillow Books)
The sounds of jazz come alive in Isadora’s black and white illustrations – from the fast vibrations of drums to the zigzag brass notes of the trumpet. Inspiration to all to just play.
Chalk by Bill Thomson (2010, Marshall Cavendish)
Chalk may be wordless, but it is every bit as exciting as our own imaginations. Just try to picture what would happen if all of your drawings came to life…
Swine Lake by James Marshall & Maurice Sendak (1999, HarperCollins)
This is not your typical pig story. First, there’s dancing pigs. Yes! It is a bona fide bovine ballet production. Top it off with a sneaky low-brown Wolf and watch the humor ensue. Join the dancing, intrigue, or even the audience and witness a change of heart.
Rivalry spurs on two bakers to discover who is the cleverest maker! This is a fun, rhyming tale filled with round shapes and bright colors. Just remember, sometimes the simplest things are the sweetest!
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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
It’s fall! My absolute favorite season! The first chill is in the air. The trees are changing colors. And there’s nothing I love more than crunching leaves under my feet, wearing sweaters, drinking tea, picking apples, eating apples, dehydrating apples, making apple pie…
You get the idea.
Plus, there’s no better time to snuggle up with a blanket and a book. So here are a few of our fall favorites for you to read. And tell us yours!
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert (1991, HMH Books for Young Readers)
True to Ehlert’s style, this book’s bright colors and mixed media explain the story of a sugar maple: leaves, seeds, roots and all!
Four Friends In Autumn by Tomie DePaola (2004, Simon & Schuster)
It’s autumn! Four friends meet to feast and talk about fall, their favorite season. But a mishap sends them on a new adventure…
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber & Leslie Evans (2004, Charlesbridge)
In delightful rhyme, this book details the shapes and colors of sycamore leaves, maple, willow and more. Plus, it reminds us the best part about all these leaves: jumping in the piles!
Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson & Mordicai Gerstein (2009, Roaring Brook Press)
MacIntosh. Honey Crisp. Cortland. Red Delicious. Do you have a favorite apple? With all those apples and all that sauce, this book is the perfect addition to any apple-loving family!
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson & Jonathan Bean (2007, Simon & Schuster)
Folk-art illustrations and a cumulative text take this adventure of pie to the apples, to the tree, to the rain, to the clouds, sky, sun and world!
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger (2008, Greenwillow Books)
Stunning colors and collages tell the story of the leaf who isn’t ready for winter, and the path to acceptance.
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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
We here at The Carle are (obviously) big fans of picture book art, so when the opportunity comes along for us to revel in some illustrations, we embrace it. To really celebrate picture book illustration, we’ve compiled a collection of picture books that express an entire story without ever writing a word! Each of these books feature vivid illustrations that are perfect for a “read aloud” experience while still being completely captivating for a child to explore on their own. Check out this list of our very favorite wordless books:
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka ( 2011, Schwartz & Wade)
The bold shapes and colors of Raschka’s watercolors perfectly encompass the relationship that any one of us had once with a special toy, and the feelings of loss when it broke. This Caldecott winning book is both empathetic and expressive.
Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006, Clarion Books)
Wiesner’s Caldecott winning book only begins to unveil the underwater mysteries of the ocean. A young boy finds an underwater camera washed up on the beach, and with it discovers the magic and beauty of the ocean deep. Watch him explore the secrets this camera holds as he adds a picture of his own.
The Mirror by Suzy Lee (2010, Seven Footer Press)
Lee’s simple, yet bold lines, show us the story of a young girl’s encounter with her own reflection. Whether we are watching her timidly peep through her fingers, or dance with abandon, Lee’s use of the book’s gutter makes for a sublimely self-reflective experience.
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola (1978, HMH Books for Young Readers)
DePaola will have you giggling at this scrumptious tale of a woman wakes up with the taste for pancakes. Watch her run around town trying to collect all of the ingredients, as everything goes wrong. This classic tale presses you to ask yourself: what would I do to get my pancakes?!
The Red Book by Barbara Lehman (2004, by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
Readers will delight in following the story of a magical red book (just like yours!) that transports a young girl into entirely new lands, and opens up the possibility of adventure for others after her.
Sector 7 by David Wiesner (1999, Clarion Books)
Wiesner’s ability to spin a tale through only pictures is so spectacular, he had two books make the list. In this particular saga, a young boy on a school trip gets whisked away by a runaway cloud, only to be taken to Sector 7′s Cloud Dispatch Center, the facility where clouds are produced. This enduring tale tells the story of creativity, friendship, and the eternal forces of weather and imagination.
The Tree House by Marije Tolman & Ronald Tolman (2010, Lemniscaat USA)
In a beautiful wash of colors, the Tolmans show us the story of two bears in a tree house, as they host a whole variety of extraordinary guests, and experience all that their magical tree house has to offer.
Unspoken by Henry Cole (2012, Scholastic Press)
Cole’s beautifully sketched, full-page drawings tell the story of a young girl who discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, and the courage she must call upon if she decides to help him.
Do you have a favorite wordless book?
Sunday, July 14th, 2013
Summer is the perfect season for reading! It’s also the perfect season for enjoying the outdoors, adventuring and the wonderful world of make believe. My personal favorite activity is the “book-nic.” It’s as simple as it sounds: pack up a picnic lunch, a blanket and a book (or books!) and spend the afternoon outside, reading. Here in the shop, we’ve all picked out our current favorite summer read. From appreciating nature, to stretching our imaginations, to adventures grand and small, these books all speak the language of summer. Take a look at these, and get a few ideas for planning your first book-nic!
by Leo Lionni
A simple mouse tale that illustrates the contemplative life of an artist in a way anyone can emulate and enjoy. In our world of digital screens and instant information, I think we all could use a reminder of the value in collecting the world’s natural beauty.
Dangerously Ever After
by Dashka Slater & Valeria Docampo
Not every princess is the same. In fact, this princess loves to live dangerously. When a new dangerous collectible turns out to be harmless, but annoying, our princess must find a way to save the day. Everything just may turn up roses! This story is wonderful because it lets you know that it’s okay to be different. And that being different can allow you to enjoy the things around you in a way that no one else does. Being yourself shouldn’t be a burden, but an adventure!
by Barbara Cooney
Roxaboxen reminds us that if we have an old wooden box, we have a table. If we find a stick, we have a horse to ride. If we uncover some black pebbles, we have our very own treasure. If we read Roxaboxen? Then we have the key to accessing our very own incredible imaginations.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente
A young, precocious girl’s curiosity and taste for adventure takes her on an extraordinary quest through Fairyland, meeting and befriending a wide variety of strange and wonderful creatures. Perfect for fans of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth, this book is full of rich, lyrical language, humor, fantasy and delightful wordplay. Ages 8 and up.
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Twelve Kinds of Ice byEllen Bryan Obed, illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
This beautiful book is about the size of a grown-up’s mitten. Short chapters with lots of black and white illustrations follow a family through a winter in which skating is central to peoples’ joy. The children in the narrator’s family unite around anticipation and memories of skating, while neighbors join them to skate in the yard a father carefully floods and tends, with the children’s help. We see people who live close to nature, with the emphasis on its pleasures. Few could read this book and not take a keener interest in varieties of ice, and want to skate. All will be glad to spend a short time with the people met here — gliding over frozen fields, through pastures, across a pond, and the flooded garden turned rink, after homework was finished, in the moonlight. The text is poetic and Barbara McClintock’s drawings are full of movement, grace and the charm of a particular time and place.
Friday, February 1st, 2013
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook)
A 2013 Caldecott Honor book!
This book shows not only many shades of green, all beautiful, but gives views into different parts of the world from many angles. We can see sings of a confident paintbrush and canvas, beginning with a forest, moving under the sea, then stopping for a quiet moment to honor limes, then peas. Tension rises again with a tiger peering through thick glasses. We see more animals, and nature in both day and night time. The book pauses for winter, noting “no green,” before ending with a picture of a boy planting, and a girl standing with her dad to look up at a tree, and the words “forever green.” There’s not really a plot, but we feel we’ve traveled to many green places, and done enough marveling to want to turn back the pages and look all over again.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., paintings by Kadir Nelson (Schwartz & Wade)
Most children know the holiday dedicated to the civil rights movement leader, and for those who aren’t familiar with the 1963 speech that makes up the text for this big, colorful book, this will be a wonderful introduction. The paintings not only keep to the tone of hope and dignity in the speech, but amplify it. The book begins with the Lincoln Memorial setting, first seen as if from above, then in a close-up of Dr. King with a shadowed Lincoln statue behind him. Then, again, we get a long view, with the placards listeners hold catching the light, looking almost like lanterns under a big pale sky. The dream gets illustrated movingly, and we see the beautiful and varied hills and mountains that Dr. King mentions in his “let freedom ring” refrain. White doves under a blue sky end the book, along with the complete text of the speech. The book includes a CD of the speech, too, one which is worth listening to again and again.
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
We asked our readers to share some of their all-time favorite picture books to read during the holiday season and loved reading all their responses. We thought you might like to see the list too. There are some I remember fondly from my childhood as well as some I don’t think I’ve ever seen!
Nothing gets me quite in the holiday spirit than snuggling up and sharing festive picture books with my family. Take a look at this wonderful list and let us know your own favorites in the comments below. Happy Holidays to all!
Becky’s Christmas by Tasha Tudor (1961, Viking Press)
Christmas Magic by Michael Garland (2001, Dutton Children’s Books)
The Clown of God by Tomi dePaola (1978, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
Cobweb Christmas by Shirley Climo, illustrations by Jane Manning (2001, HarperCollins)
December by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Diaz (1997, Harcourt Brace)
Dream Snow by Eric Carle (2000, Philomel Books)
The Finest Christmas Tree by John and Ann Hassett (2005, Houghton Mifflin)
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett (1999, G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by John Ed. Mayer and Trina Schart Hyman (1989, Holiday House)
Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (2007, Candlewick Press)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (1957, Random House)
The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola (1980, Harcourt Children’s Books)
The Legend of Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola (1997, Puffin)
Little Tree poem by E.E. Cummings, story and paintings by Chris Raschka (2001, Hyperion Books For Children)
The Mitten by Jan Brett (1989, Putnam)
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Jan Brett (2008, Putnam)
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Will Moses (2006, Philomel)
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated in papercut by Niroot Puttinapats (2007, Candlewick )
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson (2006, HarperCollins)
The Nutcracker Doll by Mary Newell DePalma (2007, Arthur A. Levine Books )
Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh, illustrated by J.Otto Seibold (1997, Chronicle Books
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985, Houghton Mifflin)
Robert’s Snow by Grace Lin (2004, Viking)
Rocking Horse Christmas by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Ned Bittinger (1997, Scholastic)
Tomie’s Little Christmas Pageant by Tomie dePaola (2002, Putnam)
When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke, translated by Oliver G. Latsch, illustrated by Paul Howard (2006, Scholastic)
Santa Calls by William Joyce (1993, Harper Collins)
The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett (1990, Putnam)
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner, pictures by Mark Buehner (2005, Dial Books)
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962, Viking)
The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (2009, Scholastic)
Santa Claus: The World’s Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee (2005, Harcourt)
Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren and Ilon Wikland (1963, Viking, reprinted in 1981)
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg (2001, Little, Brown)
The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger (2004, North-South Books)
Tell us your favorite holiday picture books!
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
I loved The Quiet Book, which was also written and illustrated by this team, but the idea of a holiday follow-up didn’t charm me. So I’m glad that my local librarian gushed about this, and when I shrugged, left her desk to seek it out. A few pages through, we were smiling and reading favorite pages aloud to each other. How could that little bit of Grinch in me last while looking at three contented bears enjoying “Cocoa quiet,” or on the opposite page “Nutcracker quiet,” which showed an audience on red chairs including a proud mother rabbit, dozing bears, and a bored little moose. As in the other collaborations, the words are sparse and perfect. The animals are painted with textures that bring out their cuddliness, and expressive eyes that pull you right into an episode such as “hoping for a snow day quiet” or “shattered ornament quiet.” This is exactly the kind of book that will make you want to leave a desk to share it, or better yet, pore over before a sparkling tree on long nights that might include “listening for sleigh bells quiet” and “trying to stay awake quiet.”
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all are enjoying some good food and nice company today.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite picture books for sharing on Thanksgiving
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin (1971 and put back into print by the lovely folk at Purple House Press)
Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert (2004, Harcourt)
Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola (2009, Penguin Putnam)
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jonathan Bean (2007, Simon & Schuster)
Gobble Gobble by Cathryn Falwell (2011, Dawn Publications)
In November by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jill Kastner.
What books are you sharing with your families today?