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Imagination

A RIVER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Martin
Author's First Name: 
Mar
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A journey of the imagination, starting and beginning at home, looking out a window, at a river, wondering where it goes,hither and yon. The language is full and rich, as are the illustrations, reflecting the various landscapes of the River's journey. The river slides and murmurs. A window view expands to lush double page spreads. Lots to see and talk about on every page or just quietly enjoy. Edie Ching (up to 7).

HAPPY DREAMER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Reynolds,
Author's First Name: 
Peter H.
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Orchard)
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With his lively art and careful prose, Reynolds creates a dreamer who is quiet, loud, colorful, unique. Not always happy or in step with expectations, his lively child always finds a way back, letting us know "I'm really good at being me". The main character is "unisex" and almost always in motion. While there is clearly a message her, it is an important one and you can't finish this book without feeling good about the character and hopefully yourself. Edie Ching 9up to 7)

*MOM, THERE'S A BEAR AT THE DOOR

A bear in a tiled hallway through a door's security window
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lipan
Author's First Name: 
Sabine
Illustrator's First Name: 
Manuela
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Olten
Publisher: 
Eerdmans
Publication Month: 
Feb
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

In his 11th floor apartment, a boy announces to his mother that there is a bear in the door and then provides a long explanation of how it got there, what it wants, and when it will leave. This shaggy bear story is relayed in an extended conversation that would be perfect for two people to read aloud. Imaginative and funny, in words and pictures. (K.Isaacs. Up to Seven)

WHO WHAT WHERE?

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tallec
Author's First Name: 
Olivier
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A simple book with several puzzles to solve, all revolving around questions that clearly could be asked of the reader; Who forgot shoes? Who stepped in paint? Careful observation reveals the "culprit", sometimes a child, sometimes an animal. The illustrations, cartoon-like, are colorful against a predominantly white background. the book is horizontal with a feel for the wide world and the pages are think boards, allowing for heavy use. Expect it. Edie Ching (Ages 0-7) (This title will appear on the October agenda.)

THE SLEEPING GYPSY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gerstein
Author's First Name: 
Mordicai
Publisher: 
Holiday House
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

A complex picture book that explores the possibilities around the creation of a famous painting by Henri Rousseau. The story seems simple but then the artist intervenes, eliminates some characters and lets us know that this is all a dream. An interesting way to create interest in a painting/artists, the creative process, the role of imagination, pretty ambitious for a picture book and successfully done. This is a book that creates all kinds of possibilities. Edie Ching. Up to Seven

THEY ALL SAW A CAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wenzel
Author's First Name: 
Brendan
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

With a simple repetitive text Wenzel describes the various observers on the same animal, A CAT. But the illustrations tell us about the emotional context of this viewing...the child sees a warm smiling cat, the dog a slinky mysterious cat (with a BIG bell), the fox, a roly-poly scaredy-cat. Children will enjoy predicting what is to come or talking about why the cat is pictured the way it is. Lots of action on these pages too, a fox just about running across the double page spread, the big watery eyes that are seen through a fish bowl, almost shimmering with the water flow. Original, delightful. Edie Ching. Up to 7. 

THE WHISPER

Fox and girl reading the book
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Zagarenski
Author's First Name: 
Pamela
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2015

 A young reader overcomes the disappointment she feels upon discovering a special book from her teacher is wordless when a “whisper” tells her to imagine the words. Beautiful mixed media artwork sparks the imagination and magic of story.

LEO: A GHOST STORY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Robinson
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2015

 When Leo the ghost has to leave the house of his long-ago childhood behind he makes a new friend in the city.

THE POWER OF HENRY'S IMAGINATION

Cover of: The Power of Henry's Imagination
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Byrne
Author's First Name: 
Skye
Illustrator's First Name: 
Nic
Illustrator's Last Name: 
George
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2015

 After Henry’s stuffed rabbit disappears, his grandfather suggests pretending it’s still there. Clothespin crocodiles, saltshaker snow, and sparkling gem collages contrast with outlined characters on butcher paper as Henry’s imagination learns to see.

POOL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lee
Author's First Name: 
JiHyeon
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2015

 In this wordless book, a child dives beneath a raucous crowd overfilling a pool to explore a silent underwater world filled with mesmerizing creatures that range from warmly whimsical to coolly creepy. Delightfully illustrated in graphite and pastels.

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