It’s Picture Book Month!

Image Credit: picturebookmonth.com, Joyce Wan

Image Credit: picturebookmonth.com, Joyce Wan

A whole month to celebrate picture books?? I’m on it!¬† ūüôā

In case you didn’t know, Picture Book Month is an international effort founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas. Every day on picturebookmonth.com, an illustrator and/or author will post an essay about the importance of picture books! Picture books help spark creativity in children, encourage storytelling and they are beautiful.

Check out this awesome post by LeUyen Pham:  Why Picture Books Are Important by LeUyen Pham

In addition to this site, I also recommend the book Show Me A Story: Why Picture Books Matter.¬†Leonard S. Marcus interviews 21 amazing picture book authors/ illustrators. I’ll most likely formally review this book in the near future.

Happy Reading!

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Specs for Rex

Image Credit: Bloomsbury, Yasmeen Ismail

Image Credit: Bloomsbury, Yasmeen Ismail

I remember when I started wearing glasses in the¬†8th grade. I wasn’t too thrilled about having a pair of weird things on my face all the time. Most of us have gone through a stage in our life when we didn’t like something about our appearance. In the cute picture book, Specs for Rex, Rex is SUPER DETERMINED to get rid of his bright red glasses.

Rex tries every way possible to hide his new glasses. He even puts them in his jelly sandwich at lunchtime! During Art time, he makes a mess painting his glasses in order to turn them into sunglasses. Thanks to his teacher,¬†he gets a boost of confidence when he realizes just how helpful brand new glasses can be. Ismail’s vivid watercolor illustrations are great; they’re¬†perfect for portraying¬†Rex’s messiness¬†while he romps through his classroom. This is a great book for children who are feeling a little self conscious. It reminds them that it’ll all work out in the end!

Recommended for: Kindergarten and up
Great for: Colors, Friendship, Confidence, Classroom, Community, Discussion, New Glasses
Book Info: Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail, 2014 Bloomsbury, ISBN: 9781619637108