Tag Archives: Susanna Leonard Hill

PPBF: I Have a Balloon

I Have a Balloon Written by: Ariel Bernstein Illustrated by: Scott Magoon Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September, 2017) Suitable for ages: PreK -3 Themes/Topics:   sharing, not sharing Opening: “I have a balloon.” “You have a balloon.” “I have a balloon.” “That … Continue reading

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PPBF – Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton

Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton  Written by: Sherri Duskey Rinker Illustrated by: John Rocco Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/Topics:   biography, storytelling, heavy equipment Opening:   This is Virginia Lee, but everyone in seaside Folly Cove simply … Continue reading

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PPBF: Escargot

Escargot Written by: Dashka Slater Illustrated by: Sydney Hanson Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers (April, 2017) Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/Topics:   friendship, picky eater, new experiences, gastropods Opening: “Bonjour! I see you are staring at me! I … Continue reading

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Something’s Fishy – A Valentiny Tale

“It’s February 14th Trawler!” Lucy planted a sticky, lip-balmy kiss on the outside of his bowl. Ugh! Would he have a blurry view all day? “Let’s give this a polish.” Once his bowl sparkled, Trawler flicked his thanks in a … Continue reading

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Goodnight Halloween

Goodnight Halloween In the dark gray room Lay a tattered costume A dim glow-stick And a bent witch broom And the smell of Fresh chocolate’s sugar perfume And there were three little ghosts Haunting a house And a pair of … Continue reading

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Pondering Picture Book Re-Readability

Book challenges – as a rule I cannot resist them! March featured a spectacular event called ReFoRevMo, the brain-child of Carrie Charley Brown. Carrie was inspired to start ReFoReMo, the Reading for Research Month Challenge, to help picture book writers enrich and reform their … Continue reading

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PPBF: Penguin and Pinecone

Penguin and Pinecone Written and illustrated by Salina Yoon Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, $12.99, Ages 3 and up Brief Synopsis: When a tiny penguin in a vast snowy flatland discovers an unfamiliar object, he investigates it thoroughly.  It is too brown … Continue reading

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