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.
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!”
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.
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!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊
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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 6:19:04||OUTSIDE, INSIDE||https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250798350||LeUyen Pham||same||Roaring Book Press||2021||Perseverance and hope during a trying time is universal and waiting is a part of life. universal. Waiting|
|9/3/2021 8:51:47||30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag||https://patricianozell.com/2021/09/03/ppbf-30000-stitches-the-inspiring-story-of-the-national-9-11-flag/||Amanda Davis||Sally Wern Comport||WorthBooks||2021||9/11, American Flag, community|
|9/3/2021 10:56:22||Cougar Crossing: HOW HOLLYWOOD’S CELEBRITY COUGAR HELPED BUILD A BRIDGE FOR CITY WILDLIFE||https://jilannehoffmann.com/2021/09/03/cougar-crossing-perfect-picture-book-friday/||Meeg Pincus||Alexander Vidal||Beach Lane Books||2021||Wildlife conservation, LA history, ecology|
|9/3/2021 13:52:55||Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning||https://archimedesnotebook.blogspot.com/2021/09/mary-annings-curiosities.html||Linda Skeers||Marta Álvarez Miguéns||Sourcebooks Explore||2020||fossils, biography, nonfiction|
|9/3/2021 13:54:12||Avocado Asks||https://sallysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2021/09/avocado-in-search-of-self.html||Momoko Abe||Doubleday Books for Young Readers||2021||imagination, identity|
|9/3/2021 13:57:00||The Bug Girl: A True Story||https://archimedesnotebook.blogspot.com/2021/08/two-great-bug-books.html||Sophia Spencer||Kerascoët||Schwartz & Wade||2020||insects, nature, STEM|
|9/3/2021 14:00:14||The Thingity-Jig||https://sallysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2021/06/what-if-you-found-thingity-jig.html||Kathleen Doherty||Kristyna Litten||Peachtree||2021||mystery, fun, invention|
|9/3/2021 14:05:22||Too Shy to Say Hi||https://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.com/2021/09/03/too-shy-to-say-hi-by-shannon-anderson/||Shannon Anderson||Hiroe Nakata||Magination Press||2021||Bashfulness, Friendship, School|
|9/3/2021 14:09:07||Not Little||https://julierowanzoch.wordpress.com/||Maya Myers||Hyewon Yum||Neal Porter/Holiday House||2021||Size, bullying, self-awareness|
|9/4/2021 1:03:28||Just You and Me: Remarkable Relationships in the Wild||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/just-you-and-me-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Jennifer Ward||Alexander Vidal||Beach Lane Books||2021||Symbiotic relationships, nature, and conservation.|
|9/4/2021 1:05:27||Big Bear Was Not the Same||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/big-bear-was-not-the-same-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Joanna Rowland||John Ledda||Beaming Books||2021||Friendship, trauma, hope, and healing.|
|9/4/2021 1:06:57||Unraveled||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/unraveled-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Leanne Hatch||Leanne Hatch||Holiday House||2021||Growing up, loss, and holding on to memories.|
|9/4/2021 1:09:04||I Love You With All My Hearts||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/i-love-you-with-all-my-hearts-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Lindsay Bonilla||Eleonora Pace||The Creative Company||2021||Love, family, and animals|
|9/4/2021 1:10:42||Little Leonards’ Fascinating World of Astronomy||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/little-leonard-s-fascinating-world-of-astronomy-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Sarafina Nance||Greg Paprocki||Gibbs Smith Publisher||2021||Astronomy, space, and STEM,|
|9/4/2021 1:12:36||When Grandfather Flew||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/when-grandfather-flew-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Patricia MacLachlan||Chris Sheban||Neal Porter Books||2021||Birding, death, and healing.|
|9/4/2021 1:14:28||The Perfect Plan||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/the-perfect-plan-the-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Leah Gilbert||Leah Gilbert||Bloomsbury USA||2021||Creativity, collaboration, and determination.|
|9/4/2021 1:16:11||Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventions Inspired by Nature||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/mimic-makers-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Kristen Nordstrom||Paul Boston||Charlesbridge||2021||Nature inspired inventions, creativity, and problem solving.|
|9/4/2021 1:17:34||Little Bat in Night School||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/little-bat-in-night-school-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Brian Lies||Brian Lies||HMH Books||2021||First day of school, friendship, and bravery.|
|9/4/2021 1:21:01||I Want A Boat||https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/i-want-a-boat-perfect-picture-book-friday-ppbf||Liz Garton Scanlon||Kevan Atteberry||Holiday House||2021||Imagination and adventure.|
|9/4/2021 21:04:55||THE GREAT STINK: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem||https://viviankirkfield.com/2021/09/03/perfect-picture-book-friday-the-great-stink-how-joseph-bazalgette-solved-londons-poop-pollution-problem-plus-giveaway/||Colleen Paeff||Nancy Carpenter||Maraget K. McElderry Books||2021||History of London, Pollution, STEM|
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊