Perfect Picture Book Friday – Listen

Hello again, my friends!

Welcome back to Perfect Picture Book Fridays!

I know we’ve seen each other on and off over the summer for Tuesday Debuts, but it’s great to be back to the regular routine. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is filled with enthusiasm for the coming school year and inspiration for lots of new stories!

I’m starting off the school year with a book I think everyone – kids, teachers, and parents – will find helpful and enjoyable as they’re settling into their new routines.

Title: Listen

Written By: Gabi Snyder

Illustrated By: Stephanie Graegin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, July 13, 2021

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: listening, attention, empathy

Opening: “When you step out into the big, wild world, sometimes all you hear is. . . NOISE!”

text copyright Gabi Snyder 2021, illustration copyright Stephanie Graegin 2021, Paula Wiseman Books

Brief Synopsis: The world is a noisy place, but what happens if you just stop, close your eyes, and listen?

Links To Resources: the book has a nice section of back matter that tells about the sense of hearing, and different kinds of listening; stop what you’re doing, close you eyes, and listen – what do you hear?; go for a walk and pay attention to the sounds around you – what do you hear?; talk about sounds you like and sounds you don’t like, times when you like noise and times when you like quiet.

text copyright Gabi Snyder 2021, illustration copyright Stephanie Graegin 2021, Paula Wiseman Books

Why I Like This Book: This lovely quiet book encourages children to pause, take a breath, stop the constant busy-ness of the world around them, and listen. Filter out the noise – literal and figurative – and focus on what matters. It helps them understand the importance of mindfulness and attention in the context of daily life. In the course of the story, the child goes from hearing the cacophony of noises in a busy street, to separating them out, to hearing “words of joy” and “words that sting” when a classmates feelings are hurt, to hearing the voice inside her, and the “hush and whispers” of nighttime. The art is perfect for the story, soft and appealing with lots of lovely details. A book every child will enjoy!

text copyright Gabi Snyder 2021, illustration copyright Stephanie Graegin 2021, Paula Wiseman Books

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific blog links (and any other info you feel like filling out 😊) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week! And if you posted books over the summer, please feel free to add them here as well! And my apologies – I did something wrong and the links aren’t showing up, so I copied and pasted them below and will try to fix the problem for next week!

9/3/2021 6:19:04OUTSIDE, INSIDE PhamsameRoaring Book Press2021Perseverance and hope during a trying time is universal and waiting is a part of life. universal. Waiting
9/3/2021 8:51:4730,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag DavisSally Wern ComportWorthBooks20219/11, American Flag, community
9/3/2021 10:56:22Cougar Crossing: HOW HOLLYWOOD’S CELEBRITY COUGAR HELPED BUILD A BRIDGE FOR CITY WILDLIFE PincusAlexander VidalBeach Lane Books2021Wildlife conservation, LA history, ecology
9/3/2021 13:52:55Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning SkeersMarta Álvarez MiguénsSourcebooks Explore2020fossils, biography, nonfiction
9/3/2021 13:54:12Avocado Asks AbeDoubleday Books for Young Readers2021imagination, identity
9/3/2021 13:57:00The Bug Girl: A True Story SpencerKerascoëtSchwartz & Wade2020insects, nature, STEM
9/3/2021 14:00:14The Thingity-Jig DohertyKristyna LittenPeachtree2021mystery, fun, invention
9/3/2021 14:05:22Too Shy to Say Hi AndersonHiroe NakataMagination Press2021Bashfulness, Friendship, School
9/3/2021 14:09:07Not Little MyersHyewon YumNeal Porter/Holiday House2021Size, bullying, self-awareness
9/4/2021 1:03:28Just You and Me: Remarkable Relationships in the Wild WardAlexander VidalBeach Lane Books2021Symbiotic relationships, nature, and conservation.
9/4/2021 1:05:27Big Bear Was Not the Same RowlandJohn LeddaBeaming Books2021Friendship, trauma, hope, and healing.
9/4/2021 1:06:57Unraveled HatchLeanne HatchHoliday House2021Growing up, loss, and holding on to memories.
9/4/2021 1:09:04I Love You With All My Hearts BonillaEleonora PaceThe Creative Company2021Love, family, and animals
9/4/2021 1:10:42Little Leonards’ Fascinating World of Astronomy NanceGreg PaprockiGibbs Smith Publisher2021Astronomy, space, and STEM,
9/4/2021 1:12:36When Grandfather Flew MacLachlanChris ShebanNeal Porter Books2021Birding, death, and healing.
9/4/2021 1:14:28The Perfect Plan GilbertLeah GilbertBloomsbury USA2021Creativity, collaboration, and determination.
9/4/2021 1:16:11Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventions Inspired by Nature NordstromPaul BostonCharlesbridge2021Nature inspired inventions, creativity, and problem solving.
9/4/2021 1:17:34Little Bat in Night School LiesBrian LiesHMH Books2021First day of school, friendship, and bravery.
9/4/2021 1:21:01I Want A Boat Garton ScanlonKevan AtteberryHoliday House2021Imagination and adventure.
9/4/2021 21:04:55THE GREAT STINK: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem PaeffNancy CarpenterMaraget K. McElderry Books2021History of London, Pollution, STEM

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊

26 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Listen

  1. readmybook2002 says:

    Great choice to begin a new season on your blog. This book is about a lifelong lesson you can bring with you into adulthood. Unfortunately, people sometimes lose this concept when they do become an adult. A good book for stress relief minus the chocolate.

  2. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    This looks like such a wonderful book! For kids with normal auditory processing, the world can be overwhelming. And for kids with auditory challenges, the world can be so noisy that it’s impossible to concentrate, to separate what’s important to listen to and what is not. That’s an extra challenge in the classroom. Will add this to my TBR list. Thanks for the rec, Susanna!

  3. Pamela Harrison says:

    I love the concept of this beautiful book. In our busy lives we all need to stop and listen and appreciate the amazing sounds around us. Thank you for sharing, Susanna!

  4. Patricia Tilton says:

    Great, you are back! I love this book. It is so important to teach kids to listen to nature, friends. Beautiful book to launch the season! It reminds me of the movie “August Rush” where a child hears music in the sounds around him.

  5. viviankirkfield says:

    Wonderful book, Susanna! And I think there is a glitch in the entry mechanism – it says mine is recorded, but none of them show up. But no worries…maybe it is just taking a nap and will display tomorrow. Missed PPBF, dear friend.

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