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Cybils Nominees ABC Giveaway: The Letter T

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by Pat Mora, illustrated by John Parra

Gracias ThanksIn poetic text, a boy conveys his thanks to the things that make his day — make every day — special. There is gratitude for both family — like the mother who finds his homework in the trash — and nature: “For the ladybug that landed on my finger, a little red flying surprise, thanks.” While the bilingual book demonstrates thankfulness for the big things, the message is conveyed in the smaller ways these things are seen in daily life. The childlike viewpoint keeps away the clich├ęs that could easily appear in a such a book, and the bright, engaging illustrations spotlight beauty in the ordinary. The artwork joyfully portrays Hispanic culture without establishing a specific setting and features a diverse group of family and friends. An absolutely perfect book to share in the classroom, library, preschool, or home.
Give this book with a journal to record all the things the child is thankful for or look for more Ways to Give a Picture Book or over a hundred other Ways to Give a Book this holiday season.
The Letter T

Book: Duck in the Truck, by Jez Alborough, or The Old Blue Pickup Truck, by Candice Ransom

Book: Night Train, by Caroline Stutson, or Train Song, by Diane Siebert, or for a totally different take, Shark vs. Train, by Chris Barton

Song: “Down by the Station”

Book: Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond, by Catherine Falwell, or Emma’s Turtle, by Eve Bunting

Action Rhyme: “There Was a Little Turtle”
There was a little turtle,
He lived in a box
He swam in a puddle,
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito,
He snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow,
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito,
He caught the flea,
He caught the minnow,
But he didn’t catch ME!
Book: Miss Spider’s Tea Party, by David Kirk, or The Tiger Who Came to Tea, by Judith Kerr

(This review from the Publishers Weekly of the now-famous Kirk made me laugh: “First-time author Kirk’s rhyming text, with its singsong rhythm and counting motif is slack and predictable, but his illustrations are thoroughly original.”)

Song: “I’m a Little Teapot”

Book: The Teeny Tiny Teacher, by Stephanie Calmenson, or This is the Teacher, by Rhonda Gowler Green

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Bridget R. Wilson said...

Turtle Splash is a great book.

Here are some more: The Thingamabob by Na, Tiger in a Pink Hat by McCourt, and Two at the Zoo by Smith.

Amy said...

I'm a Truck Driver by Jonathan London and The Trucker by Barbara Samuels were fun T books from 2010.

Storied Cities said...

The amount of train books my two boys have is obscene.

Sarah said...

I've had tons of luck with TRUCKS by Barton with the babies and toddlers. They seem totally mesmerized with that one.

Also, Shark vs. Train is fabulous.

Karen said...

"T is for Terrible" by Peter McCarty is fun. Can't go wrong with dinosaurs!

bioluminescence said...

We LOVE The Ugly Truckling by David Gordon.

Unknown said...

My kids and I love Tacky the Penguin!

Lynne_Marie said...

Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by David Roberts is one we enjoyed <3

Roberta said...

This is a fun way to bring attention to many different books. Kudos!

Unknown said...

A bit late for Thanksgiving but Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano is great. Turkey comes up with a variety of disguises to avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner.

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

Thank you, Pam, for such a wonderful feature! I am partial to Shark vs. Train because of the way it celebrates little boys' imaginary play.

wmmahaney said...

Tikki Tikki Tembo is a fun "T" book.

Katie said...

Loving these posts... I'm going to have to bookmark them!

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Alison said...

Since we are reading Christmas at our house now, we love the Three Trees