There’s a Ghost in this House by Oliver Jeffers

Have YOU ever seen a ghost?

The Picture Book of the Week is There’s a Ghost in this House, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, author of StuckThe Day the Crayons QuitThe Heart and the Bottle, and many more.

About the Book: 

A little girl is the main character in this book and the plot is simple. She has heard her house is haunted, but as hard as she looks, she can’t find a ghost. Her hope is that perhaps the reader can help her find a ghost, but you have to flip through the pages to find out.

A perfect book for Halloween.

Watch Oliver Jeffers in this creepy book trailer:

Writing Exercise:

Have you every seen a ghost or heard a ghost story around a campfire. Think about the stories you are familiar with. Write the absolute creepiest ghost story you know. Save it for Halloween.

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I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

Vole and Troll by Iza Trapani

They say music is the universal language. Has music ever changed you?

The Picture Book of the Week is Vole and Troll, written and illustrated by Iza Trapani.

About the Book:

Vole and Troll is a re-imagining of troll under a bridge stories. In this version, vole wants to cross a bridge to get to the tastiest grass in the valley. Troll demands a toll or he will eat vole, his favorite food. Vole tries to distract troll by singing him nursery rhymes. He succeeds. He tricks troll and gets to the grassy knoll, but that is not the end.

Watch the author, Iza Trapani, talk more about her book:

Writing Exercise:

In this story, music was important to both vole and troll. Think about something that is important to you. Write a song about it. It can rhyme, but it doesn’t have to

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I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

 

 

Amos McGee Misses the Bus by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

Sometimes we all need a friend to support us when we are down.

The Picture Book of the Week is Amos McGee Misses the Bus, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

About the Book:

In this second Amos McGee story, the main character is so excited to plan an outing for his friends that he can’t sleep. As a result, he is extremely tired the next day and misses the bus, loses his hat, and has trouble at his job. Fortunately, he has loving friends who help him out. Watch the trailer below:

Writing Exercise for students:

Amos McGee has worked hard to take care of the animals at the zoo for years. Now they love him and support him when he needs them. Think about your friends and how you help each other. Write about how you and your friends have helped each other.

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I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

 

Pink Is For Boys by Robb Pearlman and Eda Kaban

What is your favorite color?

The Picture Book of the Week is Pink Is For Boys, written by Robb Pearlman and illustrated by Eda Kaban.

About the Book:

Pink Is For Boys is about every color and the boys and girls who love them. You don’t have to be a girl to love pink and you don’t have to be a boy to love blue. Kids wear colors all day every day — while they are playing baseball, or make- believe, or running in the grass — colors are a part of life. Kids’ favorite one is up to them. It might even change from day to day or activity to activity.

Writing Exercise for kids:

Most people have a favorite color. Think about what your favorite color is or if it changes from day to day. Write a letter to your favorite color explaining why you love it and how it makes your life better.

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I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

 

Monsters In The Briny by Lynn Becker and Scott Brundage

Have you ever wondered about what is down in the depths of the sea?

The Picture Book of the Week is Monsters In The Briny, written by Lynn Becker and illustrated by Scott Brundage.

About the Book:

Monsters In The Briny is more than a book — it is a song. I opens with a kraken attacking a sailing ship. The sailors giving it pancakes and play the accordion, but the ship is still going down. The kraken isn’t the only problem, though, as the ship is then attacked by sea goats and serpents and all manner of sea monsters. The sailors do their best to avoid ending up shipwrecked, but nothing works.

Watch the book trailer here:

Writing Exercise for kids:

The sailors in Monsters In The Briny try to fight the sea monsters with pancakes and accordion playing. Imagine you were faced with fighting a sea monster. Write about how you would defeat it.

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I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

 

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh and Scott Campbell

Have you ever wondered how your brain stays where it is supposed to?

The Picture Book of the Week is Skulls!, written by Blair Thornburgh and illustrated by Scott Campbell.

About the Book:

Like the name says, this book is about skulls. Specifically, it is about all the things no one thinks about in terms of their skull. Things like, absolutely everybody has one, and they keep your brain safe, and keep your teeth in. place, and…oh…read the book. If you are curious about what your skull is for or why you should appreciate it more…read this book!

Writing Exercise for K-5:

Skulls protect your brain from bumps and bruises. Think of a time your skull protected your brain from getting hurt. Write about what happened and why you appreciate your skull.

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I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

 

 

A Mouthful of Minnows by John Hare

Sometimes you find friends in places you never expected.

The Picture Book of the Week is A Mouthful of Minnows, written and illustrated by John Hare.

About the Book:

An alligator snapping turtle is the main character of A Mouthful of Minnows. His name is Alphonso and he loves to fish. In fact, he has a tongue that looks like a worm so that he can lure fish to his open mouth. Alphonso is looking forward to his next meal. He finds the perfect spot to camouflage himself and wait for an unsuspecting fish. One comes along, but Alphonso himself is lured by the promise of more and more and more fish. So, he waits. Will Alphonso get his meal?

Writing Exercise:

Alphonso finds friends in an unexpected place. Think of a time you became friends with someone you didn’t expect to be friends with. Write a letter to yourself explaining why its a good idea to make new friends.

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I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

 

The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones by Spelile Rivas and Valeria Cervantes

Have you ever had to be brave? It isn’t always easy to do the right thing when you are scared, but being brave usually leads you in the right direction.

The Picture Book of the Week is The Cucuy Stole my Cascarones, written by Spelile Rivas and illustrated by Valeria Cervantes.

About the Book:

Roberto and his mom have just spent the day painting and stuffing thirty dozen eggs with confetti. The next day, Roberto is ready to celebrate his birthday with cascarones when he finds that his eggs have been stolen by the Cucuy. Roberto is determined to get his cascarones back and sets out to solve the mystery of where they might be. Along the way, he discovers that the Cucuy has also stolen things from other people, like a cake and a piñata. Will Roberto ever get to celebrate his birthday? Will he ever catch the monster?

Writing Exercise for kids:

Monsters are scary and can take many forms – having to take a big test or being in a dark room at night all by yourself. Think of a time you had to face a monster. Write about whether you chose to be brave or not

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I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

 

Ear Worm! by Jo Knowles and Galia Bernstein

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Do you remember where you heard it?

The Picture Book of the Week in Ear Worm!, written by Jo Knowles and illustrated by Galia Bernstein.

About the Book:

The main character of this book, Little Worm, gets a song stuck in his head and has no idea who put it there. He asks Owl, and Chipmunk, and Bunny, and other animals if they put the song in his head, but they all have their own song. Even though Little Worm isn’t getting to the bottom of his ear worm mystery, he and the other animals are having a rollicking good time dancing and singing to all of their songs.

Find out more about Ear Worm! and related activities at:

https://www.joknowles.com/ear-worm

Writing Exercise for kids:

Little Worm gets a song stuck in his head. Imagine you could choose the song that gets stuck in your family’s head. Write about the song you would choose and why.

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!

 

Up and Adam by Debbie Zapata and Young Ling Kang

Have you ever felt like you are just one person who can’t possibly be of help in a crisis? Did you ever think about how far a smile can reach?

The Picture Book of the Week is Up and Adam, written by Debbie Zapata and illustrated by Yong Ling Kang.

About the Book:

Adam is a young boy with Down’s Syndrome who hears a call to action from the mayor after a storm. He promptly responds by grabbing his wagon and his dog, Up, and looking for people who might need help. He helps pick up sticks from fallen trees, helps a janitor pick up toys blown by the wind, and helps a girl fix her birdhouse. He gives everyone he encounters a big smile and a Hi! Hiii! Adam demonstrates how much a positive spirit can accomplish with a simple helping hand and a smile.

Writing Exercise for kids:

Up and Adam jumped into action when a crisis hit their city. Tell about a time you, or write a story about a character who, makes a difference by helping someone in need

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy writing!