Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?
Trick question, because it never was before but now it is! Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology. Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators. There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.
You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley! Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging. Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!
November 1, 2011
What a great theme to start out with, because one of my very favorite picture books from my childhood is an ABC book, albeit not your typical “A is for Apple” kind of book.
Animalia, written and illustrated by Graeme Base.
This might be where my love of words stems from–each letter is given an intricately alliterative sentence, with a treasure trove of detailed illustrations starting with the same letter. A treat for the mind and the eye! I like all of Graeme Base’s beautiful work, but this is definitely my favorite.
:: poring over this book, trying to identify as many pictures as I could starting with each letter, and spotting the boy in stripes hidden in each picture, too.
:: when I was in the fifth grade my English teacher doing an Alliteration lesson using this book, and I was almost annoyed that other people didn’t already know and love this book as much as I did. But I still enjoyed the lesson 🙂
:: trying to pick my favorite page… a tie between K (for Katie) and C (for Cats)… I guess that says a lot about my interests!
What’s your favorite Alphabet picture book?
Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!