My Notable Challenge

Association for Library Service to Children Notable Book Award sealWhat better way to spend a chilly afternoon when not feeling well than to curl up in bed with some great children’s books. So far this afternoon I’ve read three picture books and one informational picture book and started a slightly longer nonfiction poetry book. Naturally many of my hold requests arrived all at once. The picture books go quickly. But the nonfiction and regular fiction are going to take a bit longer. Now to be sure this new challenge doesn’t distract from completing my YALSA Morris Award challenge.

Picture Books

Cover of Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

I can see why this one has made many Mock Caldecott lists. I love the way the sweaters are the only color and they are made up of knit stitches.

Cover of The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool, illustrated by Alison JayThe Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool, illustrated by Alison Jay

The beautiful illustrations in this book reminded me of early American art, complete with a crackle glaze finish to give an antique look. This is a great book to share. Be sure to look for the faces in the landscapes and how they change from happy to sad and back again. There are shapes in the clouds too, of course. Nice environmental message of being careful and wise without being intrusive.

Cover of Magritte's Marvelous Hat by D. B. JohnsonMagritte’s Marvelous Hat by D. B. Johnson

OK, I’m going to gush about this one. I absolutely loved it. Of course, that has nothing to do with my background as an art historian and someone who loves Surrealism. This is a great introduction to the idea of surrealism and Magritte’s art. Enter a world of visual surprises where ordinary things combine in mysterious and surprising ways. Such a whimsical, fun book! You’ve got to see this one!

Informational Picture Books

Cover of Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason ChinIsland: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

This book provides a good introduction to the concept of natural selection by telling the story of how animals arrived at an island in the Galapagos chain and adapted to changing conditions over time. The author’s note explains that the overall story is based on fact though the specifics are educated guesses. The illustrations are simply beautiful!

I’m currently in the process of reading Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberly. But first, I really need to finish The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth. My To-Read list was already quite formidable, but it is now downright scary! The stacks of books are taking over the house.

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About booksnquilts

I'm the Children's Services Coordinator for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Central Virginia.
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