"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Saturday, November 12, 2011

You are never too old!

Today is a “twoday.”  Two books for one post!  Happy Picture Book Month!

One of the things I observed at our school “Sleep Under” was the lack of older students; very few 4th and 5th grade students were present.  This could have been due to other commitments, but I also wonder whether some of the older students considered themselves too old for a read aloud event.  I hope this is not the case, but in the event it is my two book highlights are geared to some of our older readers.

Remember, you are never too old to read picture books.  Equally as important to remember, you are never too old to be read aloud to, magic happens when we share literature.

Chris Van Allsburg
The Widow’s Broom

Many of the underlying messages in this incredibly well executed book – superb writing and illustrations – might be lost on the younger set.  The black and white illustrations lend a chilling air and add to the hauntingly surrealistic element of this allegory of human nature. 


Allen Say
Tea with Milk

Richly detailed illustrations combine with spare writing to create a reading experience that captures the emotional tug of being torn between two places and two ideals.

1 comment:

  1. just found your blog Jen...yoo hoo!!!!!!!
    Just put it on my favourites so I can keep track of you and your words!!