Picture Book New Releases, Week of September 11, 2018

Happy book birth week to these picture books! Thanks to the publishers for the free review copies.

THE DREAMER – by Il Sung Na

(Chronicle Books ~ September 11, 2018)

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Review and photo by Sarah ~ @bookdiehl on Instagram

When pigs can fly! Ambitious Pig makes his dream come true. He gathers information, modifies, and perseveres until he finally achieves his dream: Flying like a bird. Pig doesn’t stop there – he continues to think and wonder and dream – after all, the sky’s the limit!

Illustrator (and author), Il Sung Na, begins and ends the book with the same sentence: “Once, there was a pig who admired birds.” The lovely and simple text is accompanied by colored pencil and ink illustrations. The colorful illustrations are mainly pastel – Pig is a light sea green and his buddy elephant is delicate pink – the colors are whimsical and childlike. The cosmic backgrounds are striking (look under the jacket!)

The endpapers are a guaranteed hit: Rows of Mo-Willems-esque birds are pictured flying akimbo. Young readers will squeal when they see who is hidden amongst the birds in the back endpapers. Il Sung Na has a great sense of humor: Pig has a EUREKA moment when an apple falls on his head — Pig and his friends have in-depth drafting sessions over coffee.

Read this book alongside a STEAM activity – or before a Science unit. Recommended for tinkerers, young lovers of Rosie Revere Engineer, and those who dream big! Suitable for ages 3-8.

HUNGRY BUNNY – by Claudia Rueda

(Chronicle Books ~ September 11, 2018)

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Review and photo by Laura ~ @thetrappedlibrarian on Instagram

A hungry bunny talks directly to the reader to enlist help in getting some apples for a snack. An effective use of color in the illustrations and a built in ribbon bookmark helps us focus on the bunny’s red scarf as we are drawn into the story. We can use the ribbon as the scarf to help the bunny get some apples from the tree! This adorable book will make a fun read aloud for an interactive story time!

WHAT CAN A CITIZEN DO? – by Dave Eggers

(Chronicle Books ~ September 11, 2018)

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This one is still on its way to our reviewers!


This is a book about what citizenship—good citizenship—means to you, and to us all.

Across the course of several seemingly unrelated but ultimately connected actions by different children, we watch how kids turn a lonely island into a community—and watch a journey from what the world should be to what the world could be.


(Chronicle Books ~ September 11, 2018)

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Review and photo by Lauren ~ @thesmilelines on Instagram

Do you know who Alice Guy-Blaché is? I had no idea! Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker is an exciting book with imagination and adventure!

This woman had a love for telling stories and never gave up on her dreams for sharing those stories with the world! Her story is pretty amazing!

I love how the book is broken up into sections of her life. It is easy to follow and keeps you wanting to know what happens in her adventure.

Alice’s determination should be shared with the world! I loved watching the short films mentioned in the book also. This would be great for a classroom extension after or before reading!

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