STORYTELLING THROUGH PICTURES

Renata Liwska has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her old schoolbooks overflow with sketches. Renata starts a project by finding a quiet space in which to sketch, and then allowing the characters to do whatever their hearts desire. Her books have been national bestsellers and are award winners including a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators NY and nominations for three Governor Generals awards for Literacy for picture book illustration in Canada. 

 

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places to be written by mac barnett

With an elegant simplicity, this picture book celebrates all our wide-ranging emotions—and the adventures that await us each day. We have so many places to be! Places to be loud and lovely and scared and jubilant.

 

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waiting for snow written by marsha diane arnold

Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. In the end, Badger sees there’s no trick—only waiting—until at last, it’s time. 

 

 

boom snot twitty written by doreen cronin

Boom! Snot… Twitty? Three unlikely friends, and three different ways of being in the world. This simplest of stories is a fable for life.

 

 

red wagon written by renata liwska

All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her-and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn't want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long, her ordinary trip becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus. As long as she has her red wagon, not even chores can get in the way of Lucy's fun.

 

 

the loud book written by deborah underwood

BANG! CRACKLE! BOO! Just like there are lots of quiets, there are also lots of louds: Good louds (HOORAY!) and bad louds (CRASH!) And louds that make you feel like you are the center of attention (BURP!). The Loud Book compiles all these kid-friendly noises from morning to night, in a way that is sure to make readers CHEER!

 

 

little panda written by renata liwska

a grandfather panda tells his grandson the tale of a tiger that flew. Soft, cross-hatched illustrations and whimsical telling take the grandson— and the reader—to the misty mountains, where a little panda bear climbs tall trees, munches sweet bamboo, and curls up in his favorite perch to sleep. But when Mother Panda travels in search of bamboo, Little Panda is left alone . . . until he is visited by an unexpected and unusual intruder. What was it his mother told him he should do? 

 

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dormouse dreams written by karma wilson

As Dormouse dreams--and snores--his way from winter to spring, he imagines going on fantastical adventures with his best dormouse friend.  This is the perfect bedtime book to snuggle up with when spring isn't coming fast enough.

 

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this way that way written by doreen cronin

The perfect spot is this way! says Boom.
The perfect spot is that way!” tweets Twitty.
Snot is smartly silent. How will these three friends decide which way to go to find the perfect spot?

 

 

once upon a memory written by nina laden

Does a feather remember it once was a bird? Does a book remember it once was a word? When a feather drifts through a child's window, a magical journey begins. As the boy follows the feather, he is swept away to a world filled with adorable animals, where fantasy and reality come together in surprising and playful ways. 

 

 

christmas quiet book written by deborah underwood

The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: “Searching for presents quiet,” “Getting caught quiet,” and “Hoping for a snow day quiet.” Irresistibly cute, soft colored pencil illustrations of bunnies, bears, and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed.

 

 

the quiet book written by deborah underwood

All quiet is not created equal. In this irresistibly charming picture book, many different quiet moments are captured, from the anticipation-heavy “Top of the roller coaster quiet” to the shocked-into-silence “First look at your new hairstyle quiet.”  A sure-to-be-a-classic bedtime favorite.

 

 

nikolaI, the only bear written by barbara joosse

There are one hundred orphans at the Russian orphanage, but Nikolai is the only bear. He growls when he speaks and claws the air when he plays. "Play nice, Nikolai," the keepers say. No one wants to take Nikolai home. Until one day, when a fur-faced man and a smooth-faced woman come to visit from America. They growl with him and play with him, and sing songs that make him feel soft-bearish. And when it's time for them to go home, Nikolai knows that he has found the right family at last.