The Happy Book Shelf
Children's books loved by the Happy Librarian!
The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires
This book is fun to use to introduce STEM, makerspace, or the engineering process. It centers on a growth mindset and encourages readers to tinker, build, and even deconstruct. I like the illustrations and the story, but the theme is the real star in this one.
The Book With No Pictures
by B.J. Novak
This title invites the reader to step right in. This book does not disappoint for a read aloud. I had my students laughing so loudly that people were dropping by the library to see what was up. You'd better practice ahead of time with this one.
by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Jon Klassen
There are no words for my love of this writer-illustrator duo. First introduced to this author by a colleague, I've fallen in love with almost everything the pair have done together and apart. The illustrations in this one are enchanting. The story is warm and rich with meaning for students of all ages. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.
Diana's White House Garden
by Elisa Carbone
illustrated by Jen Hill
I love history and this children's picture book is a perfect blend of engaging story, historical significance, and enchanting illustration. I love it so much that Diana (Hopkins) was my book character costume for our 2018 book character parade. This book celebrates Diana's influence over an entire nation in the planting of victory gardens during WWII.
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast
by Josh Funk
illustrated by Brendan Kearney
I love teaching with this book! There is so much you can do with characterization, conflict, plot development, setting, figurative language, and more. I'm obsessed with the refrigerator fold-out at the end.
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Splat the Cat
by Rob Scotton
That face. I know everyone loves Pete the Cat, but I tell you that my favorite cat has to be Splat! This character speaks to the child in me. His expressions are priceless. And every book is just a delight to read aloud. The beginning chapter books are also great additions to the elementary library. Once I read this first book to students, all of the Splat books took off in our library...literally...I haven't seen them since.