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NPBM Blog-Along: Zoo

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 26, 2011
Theme: Zoo

Goodnight Gorilla, written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

This charming book is nearly wordless, with maybe ten words total.  The illustrations are great, almost like paintings. As the wary zookeeper says goodnight,  the mischievous Gorilla follows the zookeeper on his rounds and lets all the animals out of their cages.  Adorable illustrations and minimal text lets the illustrations tell the story.

I remember…

:: reading this as a bedtime story when I was a babysitter in college

:: letting the three year old tell her own story on each page

:: loving the expressive faces of each zoo animal and the poor zookeeper

What’s your favorite Zoo picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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