After a lot of prompting from my wonderful blogger friends, I finally joined NetGalley and MY WORD. It is like heaven for bloggers! If you’re a blogger and you’re not on NetGalley then get yourself on there! I might have gone a bit mad and requested ALL OF THE BOOKS. You can request books from all sorts of categories, so naturally picture books and YA books are high on my list! I thought I’d write a short blog post about the picture book I’ve read so far!
‘Lines, Bars and Circles – How William Playfair Invented Graphs’ by Helaine Becker (4.4.17)
This book is exactly as the title states… it’s the story of how William Playfair invented graphs. This book was lovely because it was non-fiction told in a fiction voice. It was the story of how he grew up, but there were non-fiction snippets thrown in there, actual information shared. I love when a book teaches me something and this book definitely did! You get a history lesson and a maths lesson from this book! It is a teacher’s dream! A must buy for maths enthusiasts and teachers I reckon!
‘A Squiggly Story’ by Andrew Larsen (6.10.16)
This book put a massive smile on my face. It was all about the power that imagination serves. You don’t need to be the best writer to write a story. The boy in the story has a big sister who he sees is writing these stories and he can’t write them and it gets him so down. His big sister promotes him to write a story in however he wants. This would be a lovely story to use in the classroom as an example that we might not all be as good writers as others but we can all write with a bit of self belief and determination.
‘The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do’ by Ashley Spires (2.5.17)
Lou is a youg girl who loves adventures, her and her friends go on so many adventures together. She is brave and adventurous and noble. But she’s scared of one thing. She comes up with all sorts of excuses as to why she doesn’t need to do this thing. Her friends try to promote her to do the thing, telling her that she just can’t do it YET. This book is so beautifully written and illustrated. Lou’s friends are friends that all children should have: ones that don’t let you give up when things get tough!
Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec (2.5.17)
This story is all about how animals are all different but they all have something the same about them. They may be of differing sizes, habitats but they all have something very samey about them. This book would be an incredible one to use in class to look at how we are all different but inside we are all the same. There is some beautiful vocabulary used in this story – this was one of my favourite things about the book. There’s some great science in this book, but more importantly there is a human message: we’re all different, but we’re all the same.