Great picture books to celebrate Shark Week recommended by children's book illustrator, SCUBA diver, and shark aficionado, Scott Soeder.Read More
I read some really fun books on my field trip this week! Here are my favorites:
Shorty & Clem by Michael Slack
A fun little story about patience and friendship. Michael Slack is one of my favorite illustrators. I became a huge fan of his after his work on Nugget and Fang, which is one of my very favorite books!
A package arrives for Clem and Shorty's imagination goes wild imagine what it could possibly be. He badly wants to open it, but doesn't want to upset Clem. Finally, Clem can't take it anymore and opens the package and has to admit to Clem. I won't tell you the ending :) Really fun story and great art!
Caring for Your Lion by Tammi Sauer, Illustrated by Troy Cummings.
My family has enjoy many of Tammi's books as they are always imaginative and fun. This book reads like an instruction manual when a boy who's expecting a kitten receives a lion instead! Tammi's words are embellished with the awesome art of Troy Cummings. I'm a big fan of Troy as well. Super fun book. I ain't LION. :)
Most Tuesdays I take a field trip: I got to the bookstore and read the new picture books. It gets me out of the studio and into the world for a bit and educates me on the latest books being published. The library is a great resource for older books I may have missed and I am a frequent visitor there as well. So I read a LOT of picture books! Recently I was on a walk with my 3 year old in the park and ran into some other parents doing the same. They asked me for picture book recommendations. This happens often to me and I thought my blog would be the perfect place to formally put my recommendations. So here it is: my first installment of my Picture Book Field Trips!
Holly's Day at the Pool by Benson Shum
Holly the hippo imagines the worst: icebergs and icy water, penguins and seals! Her imagination bursts at every turn, making it harder and harder for her to step foot in the pool. Until she get the chance to be a hero. Holly may be scared, but she is a very brave girl.
I actually got to read this book back in February at the SCBWI NY conference when I met Benson. I was instantly impressed with Benson's adorable, playful characters and the theme of being brave even when you're a bit afraid. Super cute book just in time for summer!
Way Past Bedtime by tara lazar, Illustrated by rich wake
Bedtime is Joseph’s least favorite time of day. When his parents tuck him in at night, Joseph imagines all kinds of things that he’s missing out on: big parties, hot-fudge fountains, exotic animals, and more.
But there is only one way to find out if what he imagines is actually true—and bedtime super-sleuth Joseph is determined to discover what happens way past bedtime.
This is a really fun book and packed with Rich's artwork.
Sea Monkey & Bob by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Bob the puffer fish and his best buddy Sea Monkey may be little but they’ve got one ocean-sized problem. Sea Monkey’s terrified he’ll sink straight to the bottom of the ocean. After all, he’s heavy, and all heavy things sink, right? Bob on the other hand is worried that his puffed up frame will float up above the surface. He’s light, and all light things float! How will they stay together when the forces of gravity are literally trying to pull them apart?
I've been a fan of Aaron Reynolds since Creepy Carrots (which is awesome too - highly recommend). Another fun, playful story with fun, playful artwork. I'm a sucker for silly and this book is full of it!
See you next week!
18 pieces from the Pop Wheels series are on display at Graeter's Ice Cream at Douglass Loop in the Highlands (2204 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205). The art is on display until April 15. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream (chocolate chip is my personal favorite!) and check out all the rides!
About the Series
The series is an ode to my love of cars, Saturday Morning Cartoons, TV shows, and movies from my childhood. Each vehicle was treated as a character with a life of its own (no need for a human operator).
Warm up sketch of the truck from the movie Monster Trucks.
Scott's new 311 art now available at the 311 store! Order by 12/15 for special pricing and to get it by Christmas! Both prints are 12x18. One features the classic poses from the original character done during 311 Day with a blue album homage and the second features "Applied Science" drum solo poses from the summer 2016 tour shirt! Prints are a limited edition of 311. Don't miss out on a chance to own them before they're gone!
Sketching up an adventure! Yay for Power Wheels! Always fun to get out and explore with a friend (and a happy dog leading the way!).