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.