This week, the local chapter of SCBWI held a panel on ‘Creating Books for Children’ and the different avenues of publishing (traditional vs self). I’ve not been able to make it to any SCBWI meetings prior to this one, but for a first timer, it surely did not disappoint. It was energizing and inspiring to be in a room full of like-minded people from right here in my own community. Because of this meeting, our library haul came in a little later than usual, but my kids have not wasted any time diving in. (To clarify, SCBWI is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.)
Here’s our list for the week, and again, I’ve included the link to the Book Nerd Mommy post containing the entire list of 100 Picture Books for Your Summer Reading.
- Puddle Pug by Kim Norman
- Through the Forest by Stephanie Broccoli and Catherin Bidet
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert
- ..Jane by Patrick McDonell
- What A Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George Scieszka
- Rain by Linda Ashman and Christian Robinson
- The Snurtch by Sean Ferrell and Charles Santoso
- Float by David Miyares
- Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
(Jamberry continues to elude me! I’ve read the adorable story; I want my kids to read it too but I can’t seem to get my hands on a copy. Each year we make strawberry jam, except we call it jelly… and I think it’s technically strawberry preserves but you get the point. Jamberryyyyyy, where are youuuuuu?)
I don’t plan to make a habit out of this, but I went out of order on the list. Float and Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt are two that wouldn’t have come home this week had I not, but I’m sure glad they did. What’s great about this group of books is that theme, which is summed up in the title of one of its own, What A Wonderful World. From learning about Dr. Jane Goodall to the magic world of earthworms that exists below the surface. The stories in these books embraced the wonders of the world in which we all live, even if sometimes those wonders includes the perfect puddle for jumping. I’m making a prediction here, all three of my guest reviewers will choose the same book from the stack. Never mind what mom thinks, what does she know anyway?
And I was right, today’s favorite was…
The Snurtch– (spoiler alert!) OC says, “In the beginning, the Snurtch is always bothering her but then everyone realizes they have their own Snurtches”. MC and YC agreed, calling the book “hilarious” and “silly” respectively. That’s high praise for boys their age.
(YC wanted to make sure that Puddle Pug was listed as an Honorable Mention, “because, Mom, you see, there’s dogs and puddles and I like that too.”)
Ironically, or not, all our ‘snurtches’ were out in full force this morning, so I thought it a perfect opportunity for us each to describe them, hoping they would run and hide. Mine is orange, with yellow hair and horns. OC decided hers was “teal, and turquoise, and purple, and black, and blue with some brown.” MC is fully immersed in the ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’ phase, otherwise known as ‘I’m going to say exactly what my mom says’ so his was also orange, but with some nudging, has black hair and bull horns. YC’s is green (as is everything in his life) with green eyes and green hair.
We still have a couple of days to love on this stack of books. I hope you have something good to read on this warm Wednesday afternoon as well!
Thanks for reading, come back anytime!