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If you’ve set foot in any of the Alameda County Libraries this month you know that March is Art is Education Month . This year’s theme is “Tell Us Your Story.”

Have fun with this idea by checking out Wordless Picture Books!

The best kind have intriguing illustrations that allow readers to tell tales in their own words, as they see images unfold. We’ve had a lot of fun at our house with wordless picture books, as each time stories change and evolve depending on the “teller” of the story. I tell a story one way to my toddler, and her father will interpret the same images in a totally different way.

If you have a child who is in preschool or younger this activity fosters observation as well as, narrative skills, and talking, which is a valuable pre-reading ability.

Below is a sampling of books that I’ve come across while working here at Fremont Main Children’s Room:

Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper
4 words is all you need to tell a story of beaver finding his way home. Cooper’s watercolor and pencil drawings will fill in the blanks.

Bluebird by Bob Staake
Drawn in a manner similar to cartoon storyboards, this exploration on friendship may be more accessible to school age kids.

Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka
Another cheater on the list, as there are 4 words, 5 if you count the dog barking. Raschka’s follow up to A Ball for Daisy is a sweet tale of being lost and found.

The Giant Seed by Arthur Geisert
To be honest the only reason this caught my eye is because my kid loves blowing seeds off dandelion puffs. This book will probably be more interesting to older children who can make astute observations on how a tiny pig community bands together for survival.

Last Night by Hyewon Yum
Reminiscient of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, a little girl gets sent to bed early and embarks on evening adventures with her stuffed bear.

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
My favorite version of Aesop’s fable! This book actually does have a few words, most of which are animal sounds. So I’m letting it slide. Pinkney won a Caldecott Award for his rich illustrations. Check it out and see why!

Red Hat by Lita Judge
Another book with words in the form of animal sounds, but story tellers will laugh at the rag tag group of baby animals and a child’s solution to their hijinks.

Time Flies by Eric Rohman
A Caldecott Honor Award winner. A modern day bird journeys through time and visits ancient dinosaurs.

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
Simply and beautifully told through the eyes of a young girl as she chooses to help a runaway slave.

And there are so many more! Do you have any favorites I missed? List them in the comments below!

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I thought I would share some of my favorite picture books that we’ve used in preschool storytime. These are perfect for children ages 3-5 years old (and younger children that will sit for stories).

  Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin 
  The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson 
  The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen 
  Snip! Snap! What’s That? by Mara Bergman 
  Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems 
  The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri 
  Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont 
  Bubblegum, Bubblegum by Lisa Wheeler 
  Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
  Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson


Hope you will enjoy one or more of these picture books with your little ones. Find them now using our catalog at http://encore.aclibrary.org/iii/encore/home?lang=eng.

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What Is Your Favorite Picture Book?


If you frequent this blog, it is likely that you have noticed my love of Picture Books, as I seem to talk about them quite often. Now, we all know that not all Picture Books are created equal. (I could tell you about some *very* boring examples of the genre…but I don’t want to put you to sleep.) I have recommended a few fabulous ones by now, but I would like to know the name of your favorite picture book(s). Yes, I want to make a list of cool books to check out. Do you fancy Frederick? Do you like Lyle, Lyle Crocodile? Or, do you prefer the Pigeon? Let me know!

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Thursday Thirteen #35

Hello all! This week I offer you thirteen picture books that I love. Yes. I love picture books and I really enjoy discovering new gems of the genre. Do you have any favorites to recommend? Do you agree with my selections? Please let me know.

This is the Picture:
1. Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems – I love reading this book out loud, even to my Mother. When the Pigeon says, “Your Mother would let me drive the bus” she replied, “No, I wouldn’t.”

2. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff – Now, if only I could get a mouse to clean my house…

3. Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watts – One wouldn’t generally think of a germophobic squirrel with possible OCD as a great subject for a picture book. This is where one would be wrong.

4. The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer – Illustrated by K. Y. Craft, this book is luminescent. Yes, the story is good, but read this version for the pictures.

5. The Adventures of Cow by Cow (as told to Lori Korchek and photographed by Marshall Taylor.) – Follow a small squishy cow on the adventure of her lifetime. Children will love to correct Cow’s misconceptions (for example, Cow thinks live cows are frogs…) and adults will groan at the visual puns.

6. Sector 7 by David Wiesner – This Caldecott Honor Book tells its story with only pictures. The few words that do appear are on signs and such. What better way to tell a story of creativity and an unusual friendship.

7. Mucky Moose by Jonathan Allen – This picture book shows what happens when you turn a perceived disadvantage into a strength. Also? The wolf is hilarious.

8. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall – This book is a bona fide classic. If you have not read it, I suggest that you rectify the situation. Then you can ask yourself…is Miss Nelson really missing?

9. The Moon Singer by Clyde Robert Bulla – This is my favorite picture book of all time. Not merely for the pictures, which I do enjoy, but really for the story. Something in this tale of an abandoned and misunderstood boy who finds freedom in singing reached out and grabbed hold of me when I was very young. It still has not relinquished its hold.

10. Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley Breathed – What would you do if Martians stole your Mom? You’d follow them, right? This story illustrates the selfless love of parents for their children…and a child’s love for a parent.

11. Art Dog by Thacher Hurd – Mild mannered museum guard by day, mysterious painter by night, can Art Dog save the day when art thieves strike?

12. Frederick by Leo Lionni – Perhaps only a mouse like Frederick can adequately explain how important it is to save up more than just food for the long cold winter. The long days are made that much shorter with stories to pass the time.

13. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester – Tacky isn’t like the other penguins. They do everything gracefully…he does not. But sometimes an outspoken Hawaiian shirt-wearing penguin can be just what you need when hunters come around.

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Dora the Explorer**If you like the Clifford books, check out this interactive site from Scholastic. You can read stories online and play games.

**Denise Fleming has written numerous children’s picture books. Check out her site for activities related to her many books, including crafts, mazes, puzzles, coloring sheets and more.

**The Little Golden Books are still around; visit their site for coloring and activity pages and interactive games. Check here for lists of Little Golden Book titles. You can then search our catalog to see if we have them and place holds.

**Are you a fan of Peter Rabbit? Check out the fun activities at this site.

**If you love Sesame Street then you have to check out this site for games, stories and much more.

**Do you like Dora the Explorer? Here are just a few of the books we have about Dora here at the library. For games, crafts and more check out this site from Nick Jr.Max and Ruby

**Also at Nick Jr., you can find Max and Ruby. Check out Max and Ruby
books and more
that we have here at the library.

**Nick Jr. is also home to Blue’s Clues. Play games and look for books and movies too!

**If you like Dr. Seuss, then you need to visit Seussville’s playground.
Don’t forget to see what we have at the library.

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