Bill Glaister's Bucket List of Best Picture Books (Picture Books Every

Bill Glaister's Bucket List of Best Picture Books (Picture Books Every

Curriculum  Laboratory Bill  Glaister’s  Bucket  List  of  Best  Picture   Books  (Picture  Books  Every  Educator   Should  Know  About) This  is  a...

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Curriculum  Laboratory

Bill  Glaister’s  Bucket  List  of  Best  Picture   Books  (Picture  Books  Every  Educator   Should  Know  About) This  is  a  list  of  some  of  my  favourite  picture  books.  Your  life  may  not  be  complete  unless  you  have  read  every  one  of  these  titles,  and  then  shared  them   with  someone  else.    I  am  attempting  to  provide  them  in  book  format  in  our  collection,  as  well  as  in  eBook  format,  where  possible.    This  will  give   teachers  the  option  of  projecting  the  picture  book  on  a  screen  for  larger  classes,  and  also  to  provide  another  level  of  interactivity  for  the  students.    I   hope  that  the  percent  of  these  titles  in  electronic  format  will  greatly  increase  over  the  next  few  years.    My  choices  were  greatly  inAluenced  by  some  of   the  following  booklists,  as  well  a  desire  to  make  sure  there  was  a  strong  Canadian  representation  in  the  choices,  both  from  the  viewpoint  of  Canadian   authors  and  publishers,  but  also  to  provide  titles  with  a  particular  Canadian  identity. For  a  background  on  picture  books  across  the  curriculum,  see  my  webpage  at  http://www.uleth.ca/education/resources/curriculum-­‐ laboratory/literature/actual-­‐literature/best-­‐books. •

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An  Annotated  Bibliography  Of  Canadian  Multicultural  Picture  Books  Published  Since  1990  (http://www.mun.ca/educ/people/ hammett/canadian_multicultural_picture_b.htm) In  association  with  a  research  project  being  conducted  by  Ingrid  Johnston  and  Joyce  Bainbridge  (UAlberta),  Mary  Clare  Courtland  (Lakehead  U)   Roberta  Hammett  and  Anne  Burke  (Memorial),  Lynne  Wiltse  (Thompson  Rivers),  and  Teresa  Strong-­‐Wilson  (McGill) 100  Best  Children’s  Picture  Books   (http://www.parl.ns.ca/childrens/picturebooks.html) The  Elizabeth  Mrazik-­‐Cleaver  Canadian  Picture  Book  Award   (http://gvpl.ca/parents-­‐teachers/book-­‐awards/elizabeth-­‐mrazik-­‐cleaver-­‐canadian-­‐picture-­‐book-­‐award/)  -­‐-­‐  This  award  was  established  in   1985  following  the  death  of  Elizabeth  Mrazik-­‐Cleaver.  In  her  will,  Cleaver  left  a  fund  of  $10,000  dollars  for  an  award  to  be  given  annually  in   recognition  of  outstanding  artistic  talent  in  a  Canadian  picture  book.    Administered  by  the  Canadian  Children’s  Book  Centre. Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Illustrator’s  Award  (http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm? Section=Amelia_Frances_Howard_Gibbon_Illustrator_s_Award&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=2505)  -­‐-­‐  Given  by  the  Canadian   Association  of  Children's  Librarians  (CACL),  this  annual  award  is  presented  to  the  illustrator  of  an  outstanding  children's  book  published  during   the  previous  calendar  year. Vancouver  Public  Library  Canadian  Picture  Books  (http://www.vpl.ca/books_dvds_and_more/item_list/book_lists/1110/C538) New  York  Public  Library’s  “100  Picture  Books  Everyone  Should  Know” http://kids.nypl.org/reading/recommended2.cfm?ListID=61

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Miss  Nelson  is  missing!

Allard,  Harry

1977

PBK  F  All

Miss  Nelson  is  a  good-­‐natured  teacher,  and  her   students  take  advantage  of  her.    But  when  an  evil   substitute  teacher  shows  up,  they  regret  their   behaviour.

1985

F  And

 Eva  lives  in  an  Inuit  village  in  northern   Canada.    She  searches  the  seabed  under  the  frozen   ice    for  mussels,  for  the  very  last  Airst  time.

2003

F  Bai

Very  last  Airst  time

Andrews,  Jan

Stanley’s  party

Bailey,  Linda

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2004.    Stanley  is  a  good  dog,  but  learns  how  to  party   while  his  owners  are  away.

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From  far  and  wide:    a  citizenship  scrapbook   Bannatyne-­‐Cugnet,

Bemelmans,  Ludwig

Madeline

   Xiao  Ling  Li  and  her  parents  take  part  in  a   Canadian  citizenship  ceremony.

2000

F  Ban

1963  

F  Bem

Mischievous  Madeline  from  Paris  gets  appendicitis.

1995

811.54  Ima

   25  paintings  by  the  Group  of  Seven  and   Tom  Thomson  combined  with    Canadian  poems   bring  to  life  the  Canadian  landscape.

1996

F  Boo

 Mathew’s  grandfather  tells  him  about  the   dirty  30s,  as  a  modern  day  drought  hits  this  prairie   family.

1993

811.54  Bou

 Visual  and  poetic  journey  across  the   prairies.    “If  you’re  not  from  the  prairie,  You  don’t   know  the  sun.    You  can’t  know  the  sun…”  

Images  of  nature:    Canadian  poets  and  the  Group  of   Seven Booth,  David

  The  dust  bowl

Booth,  David

  If  you’re  not  from  the  prairie

Bouchard,    David

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The  dragon  New  Year:    a  Chinese  legend

Bouchard,  Dave

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2000. A  noisy  Chinese  New  Year  keeps  a  young  girl  awake,   as  her  grandmother  tells  her  a  story  of  a  dragon,  a   mother,  and  Buddha.

1999

F  Bou

2008

F  Bou

 The  traditional  Northern  Cree  Round   Dance  leads  the  reader  through  the  cycles  and   seasons  of  life.    Written  in  English  and  Cree,  with  an   audio  CD  with  drum  music.

1997

F  Bro

A  classic  bedtime  story  for  beginning  readers.

F  Bur

Mike  and  his  steam  shovel  are  considered  out-­‐of-­‐ date,  but  are  hired  to  dig  the  town  hall  foundation   hole  in  one  day.    They  forget  to  build  a  ramp  to  get   out  of  the  hole  when  they  are  done.    A  child  comes   up  with  a  very  creative  solution  to  this  dilemma.

The  drum  calls  softly

Bouchard,  Dave

Goodnight  moon

Brown,  Margaret

Mike  Mulligan  and  his  steam  shovel

Burton,  Virginia

1967

Follett  eBook

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Shi-­‐shi-­‐etko

Campbell,  Nicola  I.

2005

F  Cam

 Shi-­‐shi-­‐etko  treasures  her  home  and  the   beauty  of  her  world,  knowing  that  in  just  four  days,   she  will  be  leaving  it  behind  to  attend  residential   school.

1986

F  Car

When  Monica  asks  her  father  to  get  the  moon  for   her,  he  does,  but  it  keeps  changing  its  size.

1984

F  Car

   The  winters  in  Roch’s  village  centre  on   school,  church  and  the  Montreal  Canadians  hockey   team.    Imagine  Roch’s  horror  when  his  mother  buys   him  a  Toronto  Maple  Leaf  hockey  sweater.

1978

F  Cre

Colorful  cars  parade  past  the  pages  in  this   preschool    board  book.

Papa,  please  get  the  moon  for  me

Carle,  Eric

  The  hockey  sweater

Carrier,  Roch

Freight  train

Crews,  Donald

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Herald  and  the  purple  crayon

Crockett,  Johnson

1983

F  Joh

1989

398.245   Dau

1975

398.20945   DeP

BookFLIX

On  crayon,  one  boy,  one  imagination,    and  the   adventures  begin!

Andy  and  the  lion

Daugherty,  James

Retelling  of  the  fable  “Androcles  and  the  Lion,”  Airst   published  in  1938.

  Strega  Nona:    an    old  tale

De  Paola,  Tomie

BookFLIX

An  old  Italian  tale  about  Strega  Nona,  “Grandma   Witch,”  when  she  leaves  her  apprentice  in  charge  of   her  magic  pasta  pot.

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Snow

Denton,  Kady   MacDonald

2006  Winner  of  the  Elizabeth  Mrazik-­‐ Cleaver  Award.    To  a  child,  snow  holds  a  world  of   wonders,  from  visions  of  whales  and  seals,  to  elves   and  emeralds.    

2006

F  Cla

2003

F  Dod

1999

F  Egi

A  boy  swallows  a  Aly,  and  he  is  prescribed  to  pills  to   Aix  the  situation.  Will  the  pills  catch  the  Aly?

1996

F  Eyv

   A  heartwarming  Christmas  story  about  a   boy’s  growing  relationship  with  Red  Parka  Mary,   and  all  she  has  to  teach  him.

Where’s  pup?

Dodds,  Dayle  Ann

Elizabeth  Mrazik-­‐Cleaver  Award,  2003.     The  clown  cannot  Aind  his  pup,  until    he  reaches  the   top  of  the  acrobatic  pyramid.

Buz

Egielski,  Richard

Red  Parka  Mary

Eyvindson,  Peter

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Olivia  

Falconer,  Ian

2007

F  Fal

Olivia  has  way  too  much  energy  for  her  own  good.

200?

152.334   Lac  Gr.EC-­‐1

A  stuffed  bear  in  a  department  store  hopes  to  Aind  a   home.

1928

F  Gag

A  couple  must  select  one  cat  from  a  choice  of   millions.

1975

HangUp   398.2  Gal

Follett  eBook

Paul  Galdone  brings  this  classic  tale  to  life  with  his   humorous  color  drawings.

1973

398.245   Gal

Follett  eBook

Galdone’s  amusing  pictures  add  greatly  to  the   familiar  tale.

Corduroy Freeman,  Don

Gag,  Wanda

Millions  of  cats Gingerbread  boy

Galdone,  Paul

The  little  red  hen:    an  old  story

Galdone,  Paul

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Stella,  queen  of  the  snow

Gay,  Marie-­‐Louise

Graham,  Georgia

The  strongest  man  this  side  of  Cremona

2000

F  Gay

1998

F  Gra

1964

F  Hob

2008

F  Hut

Elizabeth  Mrazik-­‐Cleaver  Award,  2001.     Stella  and  Sam  discover  the  wonders  of  winter   together.

   Based  on  a  true  story  of  a  tornado  in   Cremona,  Alberta.

Bread  and  jam  for  Frances

Hoban  Russell

Frances  only  wants  to  eat  bread  and  jam  for  every   meal,  and  her  parents  indulge  her.    When  is  there   too  much  bread  and  jam?

Mattland

Hutchins,  Hazel

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2009.      A  lonely  boy  is  surrounded  by  the   uninspiring  grey  world  of  his  new  home,  so  he   creates  a  miniature  word  in  the  mud.    Soon  he  has   new  friends  who  help  save  his  world  from  the  rain.

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The  owl  and  the  pussycat

Jorisch,  Stephanie

Elizabeth  Mrazik-­‐Cleaver  Award,  2007.     Part  of  the  award  winning  Visions  In  Poetry  series,   where  classic  poems  are  re-­‐interpreted  for  today’s   readers  by  award  winning  artists.

2007

821.8  Lea

1962

F  Kea

1975

F  Kur

 Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   1976.  Farm  life  is  depicted  through  the  eyes  of    a   boy,  and  William  Kerelek’s  award  winning   paintings.

1993

F  Kus

   The  mystical  aspects  of  the  northern   lights  are  explored  though  the  eyes  of  an  Inuit  boy,   after  his  mother  dies.    This  is  a  celebration  of  family   life  and  the  wonder  of  nature.  

The  snowy  day

Keats,  Ezra  Jack

BookFLIX

Discover  the  magic  of  your  Airst  snowfall,  all  over   again.

Prairie  boy’s  summer,  A:    paintings  and  story  

Kurelek,  William

Northern  lights:    the  soccer  trails

Kusagak,  Michael

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Alligator  pie

Lee,  Dennis

1974

811.54  Lee

1999

F  Lem

1963

F  Lio

2000

421.1  Maj

 Canadian  Library  Association  Book  of   the  Year  for  Children  Award,  1975.    My  generation   grew  up  on  these  Canadian  children’s  poems  and   chants,  and  so  did  my  kids.    And  so  should  all   Canadian  children.    So  read  it!

Stormy  night

Lemieux,  Michele

Elizabeth  Mrazik-­‐Cleaver  Award,  2000.    A   240  page  black-­‐and-­‐white  book  of  pictures  for  older   readers.    If  you  have  ever  lost  sleep  over  the   meaning  of  the  universe,  this  book  is  for  you.

Swimmy

Lionni,  Leo

Major,  Kevin

Eh?  To  zed:    a  Canadian  ABeCedarium

When  Swimmy’s  school  of  Aish  are  all  swallowed  by   a  tuna,  he  devices  a  way  to  camouAlage  himself  and   perhaps  save  his  new  friends.

 Canadian  alphabet  book  by  well  known   author  Kevin  Major.

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George  and  Martha:    the  complete  stories  of  two  best   friends

Marshall,  James

2000

F  Mar

The  adventures  of  two  hippopotamus  friends.

1992

F  Mar

Children  see  a  variety  of  animals,  all    different   colours.

1989

421.1  Mar

Brown  bear,  brown  bear,  what  do  you  see?

Martin,  Bill  Jr.

Chicka  chicka  boom  boom

Martin,  Bill  Jr.

BookFLIX

An  alphabet  rhyming  book,  where  the  alphabet  tries   to  climb  a  coconut  tree.

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Make  way  for  ducklings

McCloskey,  Robert

1941

F  McC

Winner  of  the  Caldecott  Medal  for  the  best   American  picture  book  in  1941.

1992

F  Med

If  a  dog  eats  alphabet  soup,  what  happens?    In  this   case,  she  begins  to  speak,  which  may  not  be  as   funny  as  you  might  Airst  expect.

1996

F  Mor

 Takes  the  reader  on  a  traditional  Alberta   cattle  drive,  through  the  eyes  of  a  boy.

1938

F  Lea

  Martha  speaks

Meddaugh,  Susan

  Tiger’s  new  cowboy  boots Morck,  Irene

Munro,  Leaf

The  story  of  Ferdinand

Ferdinand  is  not  your  typical  bull,  as  he  likes  to  stop   and  smell  the  Alowers.    That  will  change,  however.

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Paper  bag  princess

Munsch,  Robert

1980

F  Mun

Tumblebooks

A  twisted  fairy  tale,  where  the  princess  is   the  heroine,  because  the  prince  is  not  all  that  heroic.

If  you  give    a  mouse  a  cookie

Numeroff,  Laura

Oversize  F   Num,  or  F   Num

Great  and  rollicking  predictable  an  d  cyclical  book  is   simply  a  great  read,  but  also  a  great  model  for   students  to  for  their  own  writing  ideas.

2002

398.20951 9  Par

Elizabeth  Mrazik-­‐Cleaver  Award,  2002.  A   tiger  and  a  thief  are  frightened  because  they  did  not   get  the  whole  picture.

2011

F  Rei

1985

The  tiger  and  the  dried  persimmon:    a  Korean  folk  tale

Park,  Janie  Jaehyun

Perfect  snow  

Reid,  Barbara

 Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2010.    “The  plasticine  lady”  creates  a   “quintessentially  Canadian  picture  book”  about   what  else?    Snow  and  snow  forts.

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Curious  George

Rey,  H.A.

1969

F  Rey

2000

F  Rey

1996

578.753

1991

F  Sen

The  man  in  the  yellow  hat  brings  George  home,  a   very  curious  monkey.    Trouble  is  coming!

The  magniAicent  piano  recital

Reynolds,  Marilynn

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2001. Experience  the  power  of  music.

A  Mountain  alphabet

Ruurs,  Margriet

   If  you  have  read  a  prairie  alphabet  book   about  Canada,  you  better  balance  it  off  with  a   mountain  alphabet  book.

Where  the  wild  things  are

Sendak,  Maurice

BookFLIX

Max  is  sent  to  his  room,  where  the  wild  rumpus   starts,  in  the  land  of  the  wild  things.

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The  cremation  of  Sam  McGee

Service,  Robert  W.

2006

811.52

   The  Yukon  is  brought  to  life,  both  in   Robert  Service’s  famous  poem,  and  Ted  Harrison’s   striking  artwork.

1968

F  Seu

An  elephant  hatching  an  egg.?!    More  great   nonsense  from  Dr.  Seuss.

1999

F  Sha

A  boy,  a  hyperactive  boy,  and  a  classroom.    What  can   happen?    A  biographical  sketch  of  the  author.

Horton  hatches  the  egg

Seuss,  Dr.

David  goes  to  school

Shannon,  David

 

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Caps  for  sale;  a  tale  of  a  peddler,  some  monkeys  and   their  monkey  business

Slobodkina,  Esphyr

1947

PBK  F  Slo

Monkeys  are  up  to  monkey  business,  stealing  a   peddler’s  caps.

1996

F  Sti

A  natural  story  time  book  for  younger  readers.     Paired  opposite  and  goofy  dinosaurs  parade  across   the  pages.

1982

F  Sti

1999

F  Tro

Dinosaur  roar! Stickland,  Paul

Red  is  best

Stinson,  Kathy

Tumblebooks

A  modern  classic  proving  that  red  is  the   best  colour.

Flags

Trottier,  Maxine

   Friendship  and  innocence  are  combined   with  the  evacuation  and  relocation  of  a  Japanese   Canadian  during  the  second  world  war.

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M  is  for  maple:    a  Canadian  alphabet

Ulmer,  Michael

2001

421.1  Ulm

1985

F  Van

2002

F  Van

1987

F  Vio

   Travel  across  the  alphabet  and  across   Canada,  with  its  symbols,  history,  people  and   culture.

The  polar  express Van  Allsburg

Follett  eBook

A  popular  holiday  classic,  the  polar  express  is  a   magical  train  that  takes  a  boy  to  the  North  Pole.

The  art  room

Vande  Griek,    Susan

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2003.    Canadian  artist  Emily  Carr  teaches  art  to   children,  inspiring  in  them    a  love  of  painting  and   the  natural  world.

Alexander  and  the  terrible,  horrible,  no  good,  very  bad   day Viorst,  Judith

Alexander    starts  his  day  with  gum  in  his  hair,  and   it’s  all  downhill  from  there.

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Morning  on  the  lake Waboose,  Jan   Bourdeau

1997

F  Wab

   Three  adventures  of  a  young  boy  and  his   grandfather,  from  morning  on  the  lake,  to  a  bird’s   eye  view  of  the  land,  and  then  into  the  woods.

1999

F  Wal

 James  follows  in  his  father’s  footsteps  and   becomes  a  coal  miner  in  Cape  Breton.    The  shadowy   acrylic  paintings  help  the  reader  experience  life  in   the  mines.  

2002

Out  of   print

  Boy  of  the  deeps Wallace,  Ian

Wallace,  Ian

The  true  story  of  Trapper  Jack’s  big  left  toe

 A  tall  tale  from  the  Yukon.

Chester

Watt,  Melanie

2007

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2008. Chester  the  cat  keeps  interfering,  as  the  author  tries   to  write  a  story  about  a  mouse.    Excellent  title  to   teach  point  of  view  (Also  on  my  Picture  Books  For   Older  Readers  list).

F  Wat

Scaredy  squirrel

Watt,  Melanie

2006

F  Wat

Tumblebooks

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2007.    It  is  a  dangerous  world  out  there,  especially  if   you  are  a  squirrel.    One  day,  Scaredy  Squirrel  Ainds   himself  out  of  his  tree?    Will  he  survive  the   unknown  and  his  fears?

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The  Baabaasheep  Quartet Watts,  Leslie   Elizabeth

2005

On  order

2004

421.1  Wel

2001

811.6  Wol

1984

F  Woo

 

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2006. Four  sheep  leave  the  farm  to  retire  in  the  city,  but   have  some  trouble  Aitting  in.

C  is  for  Chinook:    an  Albert  alphabet   Welykochy,  Dawn

   Travel  around  Alberta  and  the  alphabet  in   paintings,  poetry,  and  sidebars  of  detailed   information.    It  includes  an  Alberta  Facts  Quiz  at  the   end.

Where  I  live

Wolfe,  Frances

Amelia  Frances  Howard-­‐Gibbon  Medal,   2002.  Where  she  lives  is  the  sea,  where  it  comes   alive  through  the  outstanding  illustrations  and   poetry.

The  napping  house

Wood,  Audrey

It’s  a  wild  ride  in  this  cumulative  tale  after  a  small   Alea  takes  just  one  bite.

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How  do  dinosaurs  say  goodnight?

Yolen,  Jane

2000

F  Yol

2009

398.2089   Zem

1996

F  Zio

BookFLIX

How  DO  dinosaurs  say  good  night,  or  try  to  avoid   bedtime  completely?

Lord  of  the  sky

Zeman-­‐Spaleny,   Linda

 A  story  based  on  the  “wooden  picture   books  (totem  poles)”  of  Western  Canada.

Harry  the  dirty  dog

Zion,  Gene

A  dog  who  hates  baths  becomes  so  dirty  his  family   does  not  know  who  he  is.

 

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