A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

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Publishing: Neal Porter (Roaring Book) Press, New York, 2012.

Awards: A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012, A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2012, A Horn Book Fanfare 2012 Best Picture Book of 2012

Description: Vernon the frog finds a blue bird one day while he is out scavenging. He makes friends with the bird and tries to show him around, but the bird never says a word. Vernon decides that the bird misses home and endeavors to return him to the home he misses. Illustrations are made with water-soluble crayon and gouache. Looking on Philip Stead’s website I just happened to run across a post from my professor’s blog discussing his process: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2344

Programming: Students might make some sort of bird-feeder or paint a bird-house like the one Vernon finds for Bird. They might also write something about a friend, because Vernon is such a good friend to Bird. It would also be really cute to create some kind of craft for the hot air balloon on the front cover and use them to decorate the library.

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Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

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Publishing: Roaring Book Press, New York, 2012

Description: Bear is getting sleepy, but before he goes into hibernation, he has a story to tell. Only, he cannot find anyone to tell it to. The illustrations of this text resemble Erin Stead’s typical style (which I love!), with soft colors and pencil lines.

Programming: This would be a good book for sharing with students about animals preparing for the winter. What do people do to prepare for the winter? A matching sheet with animals and their preparations might be a good way to drive this point home.

Note: This husband and wife duo is also responsible for Caldecott Medal winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee.