Flying Eye Books, a Review

I have much love for picture books. But after years of being immersed in picture books I’m pretty picky. From story to typography, everything has to be ‘on fleek’ as the kids say (Are they still saying it? Since adults are, probably not.)  I can spot a stinker a range a way but every now and then I’m blown away by someone who gets it right. Flying Eye Books gets it right. every. time.

These were just a few titles my library had on the shelf. Don’t they have the most interesting covers? All the covers are eye-catching, colorful and visually pleasing.  The layout, color, font, orientation and binding hit all the right notes. Book covers should say, “Pick me up!” and theirs most definitely do.

     

       

Even their endpapers are beautiful.

From “Imelda and the Goblin King” by Briony May Smith

 

 

 

 

 

From “Neffy and the Feathered Dinosaurs” by Joe Lillington

 

 

 

While the books vary in approach, they’re all stunning examples of each illustrator’s style and the impact illustrations can have in storytelling. No missed opportunities here in capturing the tone of each story. In Marcel, the collage illustrations are funky and urban perfectly fitting for a book about a dog in New York City. The Journey tells the story of a mother and her two children who are refugees in search of a new home after fleeing their war-torn homeland. That’s a hard story to tell children. Much of the story takes place at night so most of the pages have a black background giving the reader the sense of darkness. While the text tells the children’s point of view, it is the illustrations shown from the mother’s point of view that give you the real story. The Journey is, in my opinion, one of the better picture books on this topic. I love the retro look in How Many Legs. And that double page spread in Boo! just begs for audience participation. What kid wouldn’t want to yell out, “Boo!” when he sees that?

Check out and drool over the rest of their titles here. Are there publishers you love? Share them in the comments.

Happy reading!

Adventures in Storytime

It was our first week of summer storytimes and we had a full house and loads of fun! Kids, even the older ones, seemed to have a good time with this theme. Looking for more books? Check out my Construction/Building booklist.

Theme:   Construction/Building   Ages:    0-6                   Early Literacy Focus:  Vocabulary

Books

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I’m going to try to include a visual element in every storytime so I made a magnet set of the vehicles in “Macdonald” and plopped them on a magnet board as I read the story. After stories, parents and kids talked about and played with the pieces again. Double bonus!

Songs & Rhymes

“Shake Your Sillies Out” by the Wiggles

“The Elevator Song”

Humpty Dumpty

“The More We Get Together

Activities

The most popular stations were the craft stick houses on foam core and the bean table. If I were doing it again I’d do a second table for the craft stick houses and make an even longer streamer/bubble wrap tunnel.

Got a favorite construction-themed readaloud or activity? Share it in the comments!

 

Until next time, Book Lovers!

Sixty Kids and a Teacher Walk Into a Library

Being close to a few elementary schools  and also newly renovated we’ve had requests for tours and storytimes. Recently, 60 kindergartners and first graders came by and this is what we did!

Since it was close to the start of our summer reading program I went with a building theme so almost all stations had kids constructing with various materials. I especially like the velcro sticks. Craft sticks and velcro dots and you’ve got building materials! Someone gave a us a magnetic building set that has rods and spheres. There are just enough pieces to keep a couple of kids busy. Of course the Lego station was the most popular. There was a dough/block station. And a station with interlocking fish similar to these. I’m not sure why kids weren’t interested in them but they most certainly were not. The last station was an art activity where I’d taped down large sheets of construction paper and gave them wet chalk. The idea was to go around the table adding on to the designs others had drawn. The kids that tried it were really into it and produced interesting results.

We read….

 

 

Now for the rest of summer storytimes!