Sunday, July 15, 2018

My Year of 1,000 Picture Books

[Reposted here after I allowed a short term project domain to expire.]

In 2016, I read 1,000 picture books and found so many gems! Here are 115 of them arranged by loose categories for easier consumption

Most of these are on the shelves of Bennett Martin Public Library in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. I went through every shelf in the picture books and junior biography sections looking for promising books with these qualities:
  • Well-balanced text and illustrations, as opposed to walls of text.
  • Distinguished art.
  • Minority representation, especially of children of color.
  • Gender role stereotype push-back.
  • "Issues" books that could appeal to children, not just the adults reading to them.
I had the opportunity in 2016 to use many of these in my Summer Reading programs, my weekly reading at a local homeless shelter, and in my after school program. My first priority is always to show that reading is fun, so I never read a picture book I don't like myself. I also want ALL kids to see (1) themselves and their families, and (2) kids from other backgrounds. It's too easy to only show books that are about talking animals or white boys and girls acting out gender stereotypes. Intentional diversity is a correction back to realism.

Read-Aloud
What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story by Kate Lum, illustrated by Adrian Johnson
The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge
Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
The Red Hen by Rebecca and Ed Emberley
No Ghost Under My Bed by Guido van Genechten
The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker, illustrated by Deborah Zemke
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers

The Ghost of Sifty-Sifty Sam by Angela Shelf Medaeris, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems
Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Harriet Kasak Portfolio
In a Dark, Dark Wood: An Old Tale with a New Twist by David A. Carter
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury, illustrated by Michael Rosen

Alphabet Books
Girls A to Z by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Suzanne Bloom
A Prairie Alphabet by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, illustrated by Yvette Moore
Take Away the A by Michaƫl Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Riddles
Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
My First Riddles by Judith Hoffman Corwin
CDC? by William Steig

Spanish/English
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla, illustrated by Amy Cordova
Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomeros by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Dan Santat

Instructions
Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison, illustrated by Slade Morrison
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story about Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
More-Igami by Dori Kleber, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Creating
My Pen by Christopher Myers
Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Heather Ross
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

Bravery
Jojo's Flying Side Kick by Brian Pinkney
Nightsong by Ari Berk, illustrated by Loren Long
Chico the Brave by Dave Horowitz

Seasons
Twelve Hats for Lena: A Book of Months by Karen Katz
Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak
Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
In the Town All Year 'Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner

Libraries
Goyangi Means Cat by Christine McDonnell, illustrated by Steve Johnson
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
Rainy Day by Patricia Lakin, illustrated by Scott Nash
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
Do You Know Dewey? by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Around the World
Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno
Rome Antics by David Macaulay
The World in a Second by Isabel Minhos Martins, illustrated by Bernardo Carvalho
Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock

Grandparents
A Fire Engine for Ruthie
The Grannyman
Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village
Remember, Grandma?
Abuelo (Dorros)

Moms and Dads
The Great Big Book of Families
What Mommies/Daddies Do Best
A Father Like That
A Tale of Two Daddies

Onomatopoeia
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure
The Book With No Pictures
RRRalph
And the Cars Go...

Construction
Word Builder
If I Built a House
anything by Sally Sutton
Those Building Men
Let's Go to the Hardware Store

Proud To Be Myself
Happy to be Nappy
I'm New Here           
Duck for Turkey Day
Tommy Can't Stop
Mary Had a Little Glam
Gaston
Red Cat, Blue Cat
Zoe Gets Ready

Pets
If I Had a Gryphon
Hannah and Sugar
Maggi and Milo
Before You Were Mine

Hard Times
Beautiful Moon
Happy Like Soccer
Yard Sale

Emotions
anything by Todd Parr
Twelve Terrible Things
Theo's Mood

Distinguished Art
Bow-wow's Nightmare Neighbors
Searching (Dios)
Ben's Dream
Imagine a City
Something's Not Quite Right
When The Wind Stops
anything by Dallas Clayton

Informational
anything by Gail Gibbons
Track That Scat!
An Ocean World
Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons
Fossil
I Am a Story
I Am the World
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Little Treasures: Endearments Around the World
Quicksand Book
The Village Garage
Wandering Whale Sharks
Water is Water: A Book about the Water Cycle
Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

Life Stories
The Firehouse Light
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
Just Being Audrey
Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story
Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
Waiting for the Biblioburro

Oddball
11 Experiments that Failed
Instructions (Gaiman)