This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.
Featured Book Activity
Chicken Soup with Rice
written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Create your own calendars using calendar pages bound together with comb binding or simply sampled together along the top. If you use blank calendar page, children can fill in the days of the week and days of the month. They can also add special dates (birthdays, holidays, etc.).
Have children decorate their own calendars with a soup for each month. Include ethnic favorites such as gumbo, borscht, gazpacho, minestrone, and vichyssoise. They could also feature a special (favorite) food – not just soup – pictured for each month. Encourage them to include seasonal or special occasion/holiday favorites. They can collect pictures from magazines or the internet or draw pictures with captions.
Make a connection
written by Amy Hest, illustrated by P. J. Lynch
written by Elisa Bartone, illustrated by Ted Lewin
The Immigrant Experience
Two different glimpses of the lives of immigrants in New York City in the early 1900s. When Jessie Came Across the Sea looks at the long view of immigration and assimilation into the new life in America while Peppe the Lamplighter provides a poignant slice-of-life telling of hardships of tenement living. Both are wonderfully illustrated but utilize different colors and styles to create the unique mood of each story.