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A Child of Books

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A Child of Books

by Oliver Jeffers, illustrated by Sam Winston
Candlewick Press, 2016

A brilliant story that inspires a child’s imagination to wonder how they “are of books” and “come from a world of stories.”

A young girl, raised with stories, imagines a trip where she invites a friend to travel with her.  They walk through the “forests of fairy tales”, hike up the “mountains of make-believe” and “sleep in clouds of song.”  She believes “we’re made of stories.”  The illustrator Sam Winston fills each page with words that shape the objects in the pictures, weave paths, and make tree branches, shadows, and stars.  Every page is a feast for the child of words and stories as they identify story characters, popular story phrases and poems woven into illustrations.

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Edgar’s Second Word

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Edgar’s Second Word

by Audrey Vernick,, illustrated by Priscilla Buirris
Clarion Books, 2014

A warm, snuggly story that celebrates reading.

Waiting for her baby brother to arrive, Hazel plans to read her favorite books to him, like she does for her stuffed bunny, Rodrigo.  But when Edgar does arrive, reading to him is about the same as reading to Rodrigo.  Hazel watches mom fill in Edgar’s baby book with his ‘firsts’, and they both wonder what his first word will be.  Then his first word arrives and it is “No!”  He cries ‘No!’ where ever they go and it is sometimes quite embarrassing.  Then, one day while Hazel is reading Edgar a book, he says his second word and Hazel knows she loves her brother.

Illustrations are clear, happy and perfect, showing the joy of life.  Readers see intimacy close up when Edgar touches Hazel’s nose as she’s reading a story and when Hazel reads to Edgar, pink cheeks and all.

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Surf’s Up

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Surf’s Up

by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Daniel Miyares
North South Books, 2016

When I read that this book was already changing non-reader’s opinion about reading, I had to find out why. I was even more curious when I saw that Newbery Medal award winner, Kwame Alexander, wrote it.  He gives voice to inside tensions, and, in a playful, appealing way, he does that with Surf’s Up.

The story opens with laid-back slang and the promise of surfing, but one character exclaims, “Not yet, Dude,” as he sits riveted to a book.  His friend can’t believe a book has captured his buddy, and he drags his buddy—with his book—towards the beach.  His buddy cries out his excitement as the story’s tension mounts and the friend must ask, “What happened?”  As his buddy draws him into a story of whales and pirates and storms and dangers, the friend, too, becomes excited about the story.  He asks how the story ends, but his buddy says, “Not telling.”  Lured into the story, the friend opens the book, while his buddy surfs the waves.

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