Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time, is writing a novel for middle-graders. The book, George’s Secret Key to the Universe, will be published this fall. I look forward to handing this one to my son who is fascinated by quantum physics.
Whole World by Christopher Corr and Fred Penner.
Just look at that cover and you will know how bright and vibrant this book is. It shouts out with the various skin colors, places on earth, and the joy of the earth itself. Perfect match with the song.
I always enjoy picture books based on songs. I think they offer a perfect bridge into books for children. So get your singing voice warmed up and you can get even the wiggliest kids to pay attention and even join in. On the accompanying CD, you get the song sung by Fred Penner and also a version with only music so you can sing along if you choose. I always prefer to just sing aloud myself, because then the kids feel free to make their own mistakes. 😉
Share this one with toddlers and preschoolers who will enjoy the bright colors and the music.
My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks: and other funny family portraits by Hanoch Piven.
It all starts with a family portrait that a child draws which she thinks doesn’t really portray all of the qualities of her family. So instead she creates pictures out of objects that show a special quality of that family member. The father is as jumpy as a spring, the mother as soft as the softest fluff, her younger brother is as sneaky as a snake, the dog is as stinky as an onion. This is a winning concept. The final portraits of each member are silly and fun, but also demonstrate an artistic concept as well as the use of metaphors.
I would share this book with elementary age children working on metaphors and similes. I would also recommend it for a jumping off point for art projects, perhaps family portraits made with found objects? A gateway to folk art? All sorts of options here.