I have been reading SO MANY picture books and board books for Cybils! Here are some reviews of just one stack…
Ogilvy by Underwood – Ogilvy is a bunny who is new to town. One day, Ogilvy decides to go to the park to make some friends, but is made fun of because they will not put themselves in a box – they will not declare that the sweater they are wearing is a sweater or a dress. A story about friendship and accepting differences. One thing interesting about this book is that you do not ever find out the gender of Ogilvy – no pronouns are used. Illustrations are mixed materials and I can see some classrooms who have students create their own Ogilvys using collage.
Download coloring sheets here. From the illustrator’s website!
No Room for a Pup! by Suneby and Molk – You know this story…kid wants a dog, but mom says no because there is no room. Mom and daughter (Mia) live in an apartment in a big city and Mia keeps asking for a puppy. One day, there is a sign for free puppies and Mia and her grandma hatch a plan to get one of those puppies. A twist on a Yiddish folktale. You could incorporate this with other puppy tales and the age old assignment of writing a letter or creating a presentation about “why you should get a pet.”
Love Makes a Family by Beer – BOARD BOOK! Examples of what “love” is…illustrations make this book great for families of all kinds. Here is a lesson plan from Welcoming Schools that would work well with this book.
The End of Something Wonderful by Lucianovic – This book is about what happens when someone dies (a pet or other loved one). A good one to have on your shelves…just in case! Here are some resources from Fred Rogers Productions about talking with children about death.
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Quintero – Listen to Yuyi Morales talk about this book! She talks about a giveaway that is no longer active, but worth watching to hear her talk about the book. Read the review from Social Justice Books.
Babymoon by Barrett; illustrated by Martinez-Neal – Beautiful illustrations. A great gift for families with a new baby in the house.
Once Upon A Goat by Richards; illustrated by Barclay – A queen and king wish for “a kid.” They get a goat. Cute twist on a fairy tale, “once upon a time.” Check out these activity ideas (with other suggested titles) from Random House Books.
Have you read any awesome picture books lately???