Category Archives: Picture Books

Alphabet City

“Alphabet City”

In this wordless picture book, author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover the letters of the alphabet in a city landscape. Johnson’s paintings reflect cityscape elements that form capital letters. 

Can you find the letters E, P, and T?

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it encourages readers to look at the world in a different way while learning through discovery.

TITLE: Alphabet City

AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Viking, 1995

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, city, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood, searching for the alphabet letters. Sketch each letter you discovered to make your own alphabet book.

2) Pick a letter. Camouflage your letter inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your letter.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson, visit:

https://stephentjohnson.com/pagecv

La La La

“La La La”

When a little girl sings, she waits for someone or something to answer, 

but no one does.

So she goes out searching through the reeds, the trees, the pond, day and…

…night. She sings to the moon with no response. When she falls asleep, she is awakened by a song.

Read the book to see who sings back. 

This book promotes inspiration and curiosity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it inspires hope to keep singing and find that someone who will sing back. 

TITLE: La La La

AUTHOR: Kate DiCamillo

ILLUSTRATOR: Jaime Kim

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): hope, lonely, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, inspiration

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Listen to instrumental music while drawing a picture of you and one of your friends doing one of your favorite activities.

2) Invent a song that represents using la, la, la. Use high pitches, low pitches, slow, fast, pauses, etc. to sing your song.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kate DiCamillo, visit:

https://www.katedicamillo.com/index.html

To learn more about illustrator Jaime Kim, visit:

https://www.jaimekim.com/about

Before After

“Before After”

Before After, a wordless book of opposites, elevates opposite storytelling to another level. This book gives readers pause to think as they digest the cause and effect relationship between the before and after pictures.

This nice thick book offers lots of pairings to explore.

This book promotes creative components of nature, cause and effect, and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is not your typical opposite book and makes readers think about what happened that caused the after picture. This book would provide great discussions between child and caregiver as they read the pictures together.

TITLE: Before After

ILLUSTRATORS: Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui 

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): cause and effect

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a picture of one of your favorite things in nature. This will be your before picture. Think about what different things can happen to your nature item. Pick one and draw your after picture. Share with a friend.

2) Let’s work backwards or do the reverse by first drawing the after picture and then drawing the before picture of another favorite nature item.

3) Pick a plant, animal, or tree. Next draw its life cycle in stages.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Anne-Margot Ramstein, visit:

https://cargocollective.com/anne-margot

To learn more about illustrator Matthias Arégui, visit: 

https://www.matthiasaregui.com