Publishing: Schwartz & Wade, New York, 2011
Awards: Caldecott Medal Winner
Description: This wordless book shows Daisy and her favorite ball. In a scuffle with another dog, the ball pops and Daisy is sad until her flat red ball is replaced by a new blue ball.
Programming: The following site has some great ideas, including having students discuss the loss of a beloved toy and how they felt, writing narrations and captions for the illustrations in this book, and acting out parts of the book.
Publishing: Candlewick Press; Somerville, MA; 2012
Awards: 2013 ALA Notable Children’s Book
Description: Henry Korn has a new puppy. His parents have made it clear that the dog (Charley) is Henry’s responsibility and the dog will sleep in the kitchen. Henry is diligent about waking up when Charley cries, and eventually the pair ends up falling asleep in Henry’s bed.
Programming: This brings up lots of great issues about pets and taking care of them. Students could draw the pet they have or the pet they would like to have if they could.
Publishing: Templar Books (Candlewick Press), 2011.
Description: The Hope family is going about their normal day when they see a giant black dog outside. Each member spies it individually, and each time the description makes the dog larger and larger. Finally, the littlest Hope child-Small (for short), goes out and confronts the dog, eventually bringing it back in as a normal dog.
Programming: Before reading I would have students talk about what they are afraid of and why. After they can reflect on Small’s reaction to the dog and her leading her family to conquer their fear of the dog.
Note: illustrations are painted with tempera according to this website- http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/books/31841