The Dot- Peter H. Reynolds

Realistic Fiction- Picture Books

The Dot by  Peter H. Reynolds

published by Candlewick Press in 2003

The Christopher Award
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
Irma S. and James H. Black Honor–Bank Street College of Education
Publishers Weekly – STARRED Review
Booklist – STARRED Review
Chicago Public Library Best Books for Children and Teens
School Library Journal – STARRED Review
Nick Jr. Family Magazine – “Best of 2003” Awards – “Most Inspiring Book”
Borders Original Voices Selection
“Best Book of the Year” – Valerie Lewis “Children’s Book Review”/Hicklebee’s
Book Sense 76 selection
Babyzone Amazing Book Awards 2003
Book Links Editor’s Best of 2003
Chapman Awards for Best Classroom Read-Alouds


the Christopher Award


  • fabulous picture book for reluctant artists
  • this is a must read – will be appreciated by children and parents
  • Vashti’s art teacher encourages her to be bold and to express herself creatively
  • spirited Vashti discovers art is FUN! and it all starts with a dot….IMG_6231

Same, Same but Different

by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

published by Henry Holt and Company in 2011IMG_6233

  • This picture book – shows what happens when pen pals who live around the globe from each other exchange their art work
  • The world is different but strangely the same




  • urban streetscapes are juxtaposed against scenes from rural Asia- children everywhere like to play and enjoy learning new skills

Belinda in Paris

by Amy Young

published by Viking in 2005


  • as the whole world pray’s for Paris as they grieve the losses of innocent life – this Picture Book serves to highlight the best bits of the City of Lights


  • this delightful picture book- shares the tale of a special ballerina and her challenge to find the perfect pair of toe shoes for a performance


  • the author sensitively portrays the collaborative works of many helpers who come together to put together a “super” sized point shoeIMG_6240
  • exquisite illustrations of playful Parisian street scenes accompany the text



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