Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fizz Boom Reads: Picture Books

Though this year's CSLP summer reading theme, Fizz Boom Read, lends itself well to nonfiction reading, it's inevitable that kids will also want to read a few good stories. Over the next four weeks, I'll be sharing my lists of suggested fiction titles in each of four categories: picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and middle grade novels. First up, picture books!

Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat
A young girl builds a robot for her science project, then watches as it begins to destroy her city. Also check out the sequel, Oh No, Not Again!

11 Experiments That Failed
by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
A mischievous little girl makes a series of hypotheses, then makes big messes as she tries to prove them.

Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine
by Alison Wortche, illustrated by Patrice Barton
When the self-proclaimed best student in Rosie's class falls ill during the class's plant-growing project, Rosie becomes a star by raising both her plant and the other girl's.

Weeds Find a Way

by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Carolyn Fisher
This poetic text describes weeds and how they grow, despite our efforts to thwart them.
How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps
by Mordicai Gerstein
This imaginative picture book provides all the steps necessary to ride one's bike to the moon and plant flowers on its surface.

by Jorey Hurley
This almost-wordless picture book takes the reader on a visual journey through the life of a baby bird.

by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Andrea Wesson
Everyone in Mrs. Henshaw's class  receives an egg to hatch. Most contain chicks, but Sally's turns out to be something much more interesting!

Henry's Heart  
by Charise Mericle Harper
This book takes a look inside Henry's body, watching how his heart responds to various stimuli in his day-to-day life.

Water Can Be...
by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija
Poet Laura Purdie Salas shares the many uses and functions of water.

Water in the Park
by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
In 24 hours, water plays different roles in the lives of people who visit the park.
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