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  • Writer's pictureJenna Miller

Great Picture Books!

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett: illustrated by Jon Klassen, this fun story follows a girl who discovers a box that seemingly has a never-ending supply of yarn.

Gilgamesh the King by Ludmila Zeman: this was a recommendation from volume 1 of The Story of the World--our history curriculum. A great retelling with a unique illustration style.

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio: the Happy Lion lives at a small French zoo. When the caretaker leaves his gate open, he decides to take a stroll. But why aren't all his usual friends happy to see him?

Dragon Quest by Allan Baillie: a young boy sets out on a dragon guest with an experienced knight. The best illustration is the overview of their travels revealing an immense surprise!

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord: a small town is overwhelmed with the appearance of thousands of wasps. Naturally, the only solution is to make an enormous jam sandwich with which to capture those pesky insects!

Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller: Sophie goes to the farmer's market with her mother to buy an acorn squash for dinner...only Sophie names it Bernice and refuses to give her up! Cute and funny.

Sam and Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett: another book illustrated by Jon Klassen! Two brothers dig a hole hoping to find something amazing, but each hole misses something just out of reach, Cute!

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman: the true story of a refurbished fireboat from the early 1900s once again called upon for service on 9/11 in NYC. Brought tears to my eyes!

Ship In A Bottle by Andrew Prahin: mouse cannot live with cat anymore and takes off on his own adventure to find a new home!

Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of A Bookworm Birdie by Jennifer Berne: Calvin would much rather read than learn how to fly. But when winter arrives, he realizes his error! Will his siblings and cousins come through for him and learn from one another?

Anatole by Eve Titus: Anatole, a Parisian mouse, is devastated and appalled to learn that mice are viewed as vermin! He determines to be useful and sets out to become the chief cheese taster for a down-on-its-luck cheese factory. Super cute!

Chester Van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme by Avery Monsen and Abby Hanlon: hilarious story of a boy who just cannot seem to complete a rhyme. His substitutions had us laughing out loud.

The Voyage of the Ludgate Hill: Travels with Robert Louis Stevenson by Nancy Willard: a picture book written in rhyme about a true, hilarious voyage Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife took along with several interesting animals,

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