January Picture Book Recommendations
This month I would like to feature 4 Fabulous Picture Books which encourage children to embrace the unique elements of their characters which make them special. Hope you enjoy these selections- please feel free to let me know which Picture Books you have read recently which I should consider reviewing.
- Deer Dancer
written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Lauren Stringer
published by Beach Lane Books in 2014
This is such a lovely book featuring a young dancer and her ballet teacher- I adore the sensitive illustrations and the lush green forest scenes.
A gorgeous young girl meets a graceful deer in a quiet forest, the deer creeps closer and the girl becomes enraptured by the powerful and elegant animal. Her dance teacher, Nona, encourages her to use her body to make beautiful shapes- to express her special dance.
2) A Boy and A Jaguar
by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Catia Chien
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014
I’m so excited to share this wonderful book- one of my favorite Reads of 2015…. Please do check it out.
This is the true inspirational story of Alan Rabinowitz- an amazing man who was able to use his extraordinary ability to communicate with animals to set up a charity devoted to helping Large Cats throughout the world- please check the fantastic work out that Panthera does.
As a young boy Mr. Rabinowitz struggled with stuttering. With encouragement from his teachers and his family he was able to overcome his difficulties by employing many strategies. Please also have a look at this charity for which Dr.Rabinowitz is a spokesperson- The Stuttering Foundation
I know that my pets listen and understand. Animals can’t get words out, just as I can’t get words out. So people ignore or misunderstand or hurt them, the same way people ignore or misunderstand or hurt me.
I make a promise to my pets.
I promise that if I can ever find my voice, I will be their voice and keep them from harm.
A remarkable story of courage and resilience and of hard work and dedication. Enjoy this beautiful treasure.
Red A Crayon’s Story
by Michael Hall
published by Greenwillow Books in 2015
How many times do I say…. one of my favourite books…..but honestly this is one of my very very favourite books!!!! I LOVED it! And feel very strongly this is a MUST READ for every family….. Please do go and check out this wonderful simply written picture book which speaks to the heart of any parent or child who has struggled with feeling constrained by labels or diagnoses….
This is a story about a Red Crayon…who struggled….but don’t worry there is a VERY happy ending.
It is a story about being true to oneself and breaking free of unhelpful constraints.
4) The Wonder
By Faye Hanson
Published by Templar Publishing in 2014
Another uplifting story about a young boy who finds the courage to express his creativity through wonderful drawing. He must overcome initially obstacles of teachers who misunderstand him…but he perseveres and triumphs as he finds an encouraging art teacher who gently prompts him to continue with his work…
After coping with many people discouraging him by implying that he was day dreaming and lacked focus…he was finally able to find a place where he was able to use his amazing talents! And to be praised and to grow….
I’m so pleased to be part of a school which encourages creativity and supports my children in developing their talents and commends them for having their own passions and projects.
“Wonder”ful illustrations illuminate this lovely book.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso
I would love to hear from you about any picture book recommendations you might have for me. Thanks for reading my blog and following my writing.
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