Beloved children’s authors Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg worked together on the new picture book, Snowflakes Fall, as a tribute to the lives that were lost last December at the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Both authors felt strongly that they wanted to do something to honor the children and adults who died that day, and give something to their families and friends. This beautiful book is bright and optimistic. It doesn’t touch on the actual incident in any way, but MacLachlan “uses the image of the snowflake to underscore the uniqueness of individuals and the healing power of nature and time.” Read more of what the authors said about creating this story, or watch the book trailer.
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Squirrels are all around our city this time of year, and you might have even heard one scold you from a tree! Ol’ Mama Squirrel tells the story of one very protective squirrel mama. She always makes sure her squirrel babies are safe from dangerous predators, though sometimes she gets carried away and scolds kites and airplanes. This funny story is wonderful to read aloud to preschoolers and early elementary students.
-Reviewed by Laura
The Greatest Gymnast of All by Stuart J. Murphy is a perfect book on opposites for early elementary children. If you’ve got the physical space, I’d recommend reading it aloud together, then reading it again and invite your child to do the actions in the way the story describes.
One really nice feature of this picture book is that it presents additional ideas for discussing opposites with your child at the end of the book. One creative idea you can adapt is to make a charades game out of acting out sets of opposites. You could work from a word bank you make yourself, or for a challenge, just use your imagination.
You might think you can easily name what’s in a picture, but this book cleverly turns what you think you see on its head. Black? White! Day? Night! is a quick read, and the “lift the flap” format gives the book an enhanced interactive quality. This is a really fun book to share with your school-aged child to discuss the concept of opposites.
What kinds of opposites can your child discover at the Manhattan Public Library? Come and find out.