Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Three Picture Books for You or for Your Classroom


I've bombarded your inbox this week because of some timely reviews and announcements. I'll be taking a short blogging break, but will be back soon with more giveaways and reviews.


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I'm the fortunate recipient of many fine picture books to review and give away. Here are three that I think would be great resources in a classroom library --although you are welcome to try and win them for a beloved young reader!


America, Here I Come!


The author, Kyra Burton, is passionate about helping child immigrants transition to living in the United States. Her story follows Anna and Artem who live in Odessa in the Ukraine--"the most beautiful place in the world"--and a city that has beautiful butterflies. The children are upset when their parents announce they are moving to Raleigh, NC, where both of them have obtained jobs. The siblings dread having to make new friends and going to new schools; Anna finds some comfort by expressing her feelings in a journal. After getting settled in their new home, both Anna and Artem make new friends at a neighborhood park. On the way home they spot a butterfly and Anna points to it and thinks, "This butterfly is almost as pretty as the ones...back home." See Kyra's website for more resources on making America home. 



Miep and the Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank's Diary


Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is a classic that's informed a world of readers of the atrocities of the Holocaust. But, who knows the story of Miep Gies--the woman who put her own life on the line in order to save Anne's family and several other Jews? Miep and The Most Famous Diary written by Meeg Pincus and illustrated by Jordi Solano, gives a different perspective on this famous story. The day that her friends are arrested is one that Miep has dreaded for two years. After they are carted away by the Nazis, Miep finds Anne's diary, knowing that Anne dreamt of publishing it after the war. She hides it and refuses to read it. But when Mr. Frank returns after the war, Miep gives him this wonderful reminder of his intelligent, hopeful daughter. 



Everybody Says MEOW 


Readers of my blog aren't strangers to Constance Lombardo and her love for all things feline (Mr. Puffball, anyone?). In her debut picture book, Constance has written and illustrated a fun, colorful picture book that is short on words, but big on a lesson about inclusivity. Toddlers will enjoy identifying the different animals and repeating the noises that each make. Great pre-reading skills are reinforced for first readers.



GIVEAWAYS

Please leave a comment by 6 PM on December 14. Leave your NAME and email address (I don't know who UNKNOWN is!) and which book you'd like to receive. Both America, Here I Come and Everybody Says MEOW are autographed by the author. I'll mail them on Monday and hopefully you'll get them in time for Christmas. 

18 comments:

Cindy C said...

Great post, Carol! I'd love to read "Everybody Says Meow!"
Cindy
cclemens@charlottenc.gov

Hope you and your family have a great holiday.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Cindy. I'll start Constance's list with your name.

Sandra Warren said...

All three of these books sound terrific! I'm especially drawn to the one that involves Anne Frank. Sign me up.

Sandra Warren

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Sandra. You're in!

Grannyjo said...

Miep and the most famous diary. Always interested in that time period and subject. Thanks for the opportunity.
Jo Lynn

Carol Baldwin said...

You got it, Jo Lynn!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Oh Carol! They ALL sound great but to choose one, I will have to say Miep and the Most Famous Diary.
Thanks for this chance and Merry Christmas!

Carol Baldwin said...

You're in, Connie!

Joan Y. Edwards said...

Dear Carol,
Three great books. I'd really like the one about the USA and immigrants, if I win!

Celebrate you and your willingness to share with us,
Never Give UP
Joan

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Joan. You're in!

Danielle H. said...

My first choice would be Everybody Says Meow. Thank you for the chance!

Carol Baldwin said...

Got it, Danielle!

Rosi said...

Nice selection. Please let someone else win. I have so many books. Thanks for the post.

Barbara Younger said...


All the books look wonderful, but since my grand kids are so young, I think I would choose Meow.

Carol Baldwin said...

i thought you might pick that, Barbara!

Susan said...

I'd love to have America, here I come since two of my kids live in Raleigh

Thanks! Susan Rice

Kathy d said...

They all look great, but I think I'd love to have the girls read the story about Anne Frank!

Carol Baldwin said...

thanks, for stopping by, Susan and Kathy. You're requests have been registered!

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