My Children’s Bookshelf

DSC_0673Balancing the number of books in our house with¬†bookshelf space is a mathematical problem! We consider shelving space prime real-estate and in order to make the most use of what we’ve got, we limit our books to the “gems”. ¬†You know, those books that make you feel something, the ones that you read over and over again. Books worthy of¬†worn pages and dirty finger prints.¬†As a kindergarten teacher (and children’s lit. enthusiest),¬†picture books are my life. ¬†Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, wordless…you name it, I love it! ¬†So I thought, this might be the perfect¬†place to share my family’s “gems” with you!

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Book Review | All the World

All the World | Liz Garton Scanlon

IMG_1550 (2)For six years, I taught second grade at a private school in Los Angeles.  During that time, I
was lucky enough to meet several fabulous (and I mean fabulous) authors and illustrators, including Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jack Prelutsky, and Annie Barrows. One of my favourite guests was Marla Frazee, illustrator of¬†All the World. The minute she presented this book, my heart skipped a beat. ¬†It’s like a lullaby. ¬†The last book you read to your children before they close their eyes and drift off to sleep. ¬†This book is filled with beautiful messages that help children understand that we are all connected and that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, we all experience some universal truths.

“Hope and peace and love and trust, all the world is all of us.”

These are words that stick with you even after the book is closed and put back on the shelf. ¬†In addition to being beautifully written, the illustrations are swoon-worthy. ¬†Yes, swoon! Marla Frazee captures the essence of this book¬†perfectly. ¬†You’ll love her depiction of children and the way she brings to life a single day from sunrise until sunset. ¬†All the World is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf and a beautiful gift for any child. ¬†A definite gem!

A Note to Teachers:

Liz Garton Scanlon offers¬†teacher’s guides on her website. ¬†You might find these useful, as they include pre-reading information, discussion questions, and student activities.