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Picture books to help a child understand and cope with anger

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When my youngest son was very young, he was frequently impacted by the negative effects of artificial food dyes. Sadly, we did not realize what was happening with him for quite some time. For years, we were puzzled by apparently random bouts of anger that were, in fact, a result of eating or drinking a trigger food,beverage or even medication.

Thankfully, we did eventually figure out what was happening and the instances of uncontrolled anger pretty much disappeared. Along the way though, we did use picture books to help our children understand their own anger and give them techniques for managing frustration and bad moods.

Children's book about anger and being in a bad moodBad Mood Bear written by John Richardson
Small format picture book about feeling angry published by Red Fox a division of Random House

When my children were young, we had a wonderful collection of Red Fox Mini Treasures. These were small-format picture books from many well-known, accomplished children's book authors and illustrators. One of our favorite Red Fox Mini Treasure books was Bad Mood Bear. If one of my sons had a rough day, reading this story was one way to help him understand and learn to manage strong emotions, including anger. In addition to depicting a tough day, Bad Mood Bear also shows that the opportunity to feel and behave better may be just a short nap away.

You may not be able to find a new copy of this picture book but I did not want to leave it off my list of children's books about anger.

Bear mooched around, kicking stones and growling. A fly buzzed around his nose
'Buzz off!' screamed Bear, flapping his arms around in a temper.

Bad Mood Bear (Mini Treasure)

Bad Mood Bear (Mini Treasure) at Amazon.ca

Picture books about anger and bad moods including Finn Throws a FitFinn Throws a Fit! written by David Elliott and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
Picture book about a child's temper tantrum published by Candlewick Press

Usually, Finn is happy and loving but when Finn is upset, everybody in the household suffers. Using thunder, lightning, flooding, hurricane winds, blizzard conditions and an earthquake to describe Finn's outburst, Finn Throws a Fit! will delight young readers and their parents.

With no explanation given for the upset, there is a good opportunity for an adult to ask probing questions such as,
"Why do you think Finn was upset?"
"How did Finn's parents and dog feel when Finn was upset?"
"What could Finn do next time he is upset?"

Finn Throws a Fit! at Amazon.com

Finn Throws a Fit! at Amazon.ca

Children's Book About Anger and Feeling GrumpyGrumpy Bird written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
Children's Book About Anger and Feeling Grumpy published by Scholastic

This is a picture book about anger and grumpiness that I have read dozens, if not hundreds of times. It is a book that I shared over and over again with a child that I helped to overcome a speech delay. The delightful, repetitious text was exactly what I needed to prompt dialogic reading...

He was too grumpy to eat.
He was too grumpy to play.
In fact, he was too grumpy to fly.
"Looks like I'm walking today," said Bird.

I arrived for each appointment with a briefcase filled with picture books, puzzles, games and other activities. More often than not, Grumpy Bird was selected by my student and we enjoyed reading about Grumpy Bird spending time with friends (even if he was not enthusiastic about their company) and, eventually finding himself transformed into a happy, social creature.

Grumpy Bird at Amazon.com

Grumpy Bird at Amazon.ca

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Storytime Standouts shares picture books about anger and bad moods


Picture books to help a child understand and cope with anger

When my youngest son was very young, he was frequently impacted by the negative effects of artificial food dyes. Sadly, we did not realize what was happening with him for quite some time. For years, we were puzzled by apparently random bouts of anger that were, in fact, a result of eating or drinking a trigger food,beverage or even medication.

Thankfully, we did eventually figure out what was happening and the instances of uncontrolled anger pretty much disappeared. Along the way though, we used picture books to help our children understand anger and give them techniques for managing frustration and bad moods.

Please leave a comment and let me know about your favorite books for exploring this theme.

Children's book about anger and being in a bad moodBad Mood Bear written by John Richardson
Small format picture book about feeling angry published by Red Fox a division of Random House

When my children were young, we had a wonderful collection of Red Fox Mini Treasures. These were small-format picture books from many well-known, accomplished children’s book authors and illustrators. One of our favorite Red Fox Mini Treasure books was Bad Mood Bear. If one of my sons had a rough day, reading this story was one way to help him understand and learn to manage strong emotions, including anger. In addition to depicting a tough day, Bad Mood Bear also shows that the opportunity to feel and behave better may be just a short nap away.

You may not be able to find a new copy of this picture book but I did not want to leave it off my list of children’s books about anger.

Bear mooched around, kicking stones and growling. A fly buzzed around his nose
‘Buzz off!’ screamed Bear, flapping his arms around in a temper.

Bad Mood Bear (Mini Treasure)

Bad Mood Bear (Mini Treasure) at Amazon.ca

Picture books about anger and bad moods including Finn Throws a FitFinn Throws a Fit! written by David Elliott and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
Picture book about a child’s temper tantrum published by Candlewick Press

Usually, Finn is happy and loving but when Finn is upset, everybody in the household suffers. Using thunder, lightning, flooding, hurricane winds, blizzard conditions and an earthquake to describe Finn’s outburst, Finn Throws a Fit! will delight young readers and their parents.

With no explanation given for the upset, there is a good opportunity for an adult to ask probing questions such as,
Why do you think Finn was upset?”
“How did Finn’s parents and dog feel when Finn was upset?”
“What could Finn do next time he is upset?”

Finn Throws a Fit! at Amazon.com

Finn Throws a Fit! at Amazon.ca

Children's Book About Anger and Feeling GrumpyGrumpy Bird written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
Children’s Book About Anger and Feeling Grumpy published by Scholastic

This is a picture book about anger and grumpiness that I have read dozens, if not hundreds of times. It is a book that I shared over and over again with a child that I helped to overcome a speech delay. The delightful, repetitious text was exactly what I needed to prompt dialogic reading

He was too grumpy to eat.
He was too grumpy to play.
In fact, he was too grumpy to fly.
“Looks like I’m walking today,” said Bird.

I arrived for each appointment with a briefcase filled with picture books, puzzles, games and other activities. More often than not, Grumpy Bird was selected by my student and we enjoyed reading about Grumpy Bird spending time with friends (even if he was not enthusiastic about their company) and, eventually finding himself transformed into a happy, social creature.

Grumpy Bird at Amazon.com

Grumpy Bird at Amazon.ca

Picture book about being angry How Do Dinosaurs Say I'M MAD?How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD? written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
Picture book about expressing anger and frustration published by Blue Sky Press an imprint of Scholastic

Part of the How Do Dinosaurs series of picture books, this story not only describes behaviours that might happen when a child is angry, it also suggests ways for a child (or dinosaur) to deal with angry feelings.

he counts up to ten,
then after a time out,
breathes calmly…
and then…
he cleans up his mess

Dinosaur fans will love the detailed endpapers and the notations within the book that identify the species of each of the dinosaurs.

Some readers have commented that it is unfortunate that the dinosaurs do begin by behaving badly. Their behavior includes ripping books, throwing a mug, kicking and defiance. We agree with these observations but, unlike several books about anger, grumpiness and bad moods, this book did include suggestions for managing strong emotions.

How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD? at Amazon.com

How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD? at Amazon.ca

Childrens books about anger, The Day Leo Said I Hate You
The Day Leo Said I Hate You written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Molly Bang
Picture book about emotions and anger published by Little, Brown and Company

When young children feel anger, it can be a frightening experience for them. They may be completely overcome by frustration and may be unable to control their words.

Here we meet Leo, a little boy who has been told, “No” more times than he can count. His mommy doesn’t want him to roll tomatoes across the floor and she doesn’t want him to drop string beans into the fishbowl.

Leo announces that he hates “No.” Mommy calmly says that she understands his feelings but, “There are some things you just should not do.” Leo decides that his bedroom is the best place to be but, when he begins drawing on the wall, his mommy is certain to be annoyed and it is not long until he cannot contain his emotions any longer. He shouts, “I HATE YOU.”

Strong, bold Photoshop illustrations are sure to resonate with children who have felt overpowering emotions.

A valuable resource for families, The Day Leo Said I Hate You! is a reassuring story of enduring love – even when it has been a very long and extremely emotional day.

The Day Leo Said I Hate You! at Amazon.com

The Day Leo Said I Hate You! at Amazon.ca


I'm So Grumpy written and illustrated by Hans WilhelmI’m So Grumpy! written and illustrated by Hans Wilhelm
Beginning Reader Story About Being in a Bad Mood published by Scholastic

Beginning readers are sure to enjoy this simple story about Noodles’ bad mood. He doesn’t like his food, he doesn’t want to go for a walk. He wishes that everyone would leave him alone. Repetitive text and appealing illustrations will support young readers as they enjoy this fun story and the thrill of reading independently.

There are a total of 32 books about Noodles that are perfect for new readers. Check out this page of resources, including posters and a teacher’s guide.

I’m So Grumpy at Amazon.com

I’m So Grumpy at Amazon.ca



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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury Classic Picture Book published by Walker Books We have collected resources for many classic children’s books. Check out the entire list here. Dad and four children head out for adventure in this classic picture book for preschool-age children. Based on […]

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Storytime Standouts Presents We're Going on a Bear Hunt a Classic Picture BookWe’re Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Classic Picture Book published by Walker Books





We have collected resources for many classic children’s books. Check out the entire list here.

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Dad and four children head out for adventure in this classic picture book for preschool-age children. Based on a traditional campers’ chant, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is simply wonderful. Ms. Oxenbury’s illustrations alternate between black and white drawings and gorgeous watercolor paintings. The effect is spectacular, highlighting the repetitive text and onomatopoeia.

Tension builds as the young explorers encounter a grassy field, a river, mud, a forest and snow before they arrive at a cave.We’re Going on a Bear Hunt spread

“Uh-oh! A cave!
A narrow gloomy cave.
We can’t go over it.
We can’t go under it.
Oh no!
We’ve got to go through it!”

Winner of the 1989 Smarties Book Prize, this is a classic picture book that will be enjoyed by children aged three years and up. It is available in many formats including Board Book, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, Big Book and Jigsaw Book.

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Free Printable traditional campers’ chant

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Spring Themed Picture Books Will Help Young Readers ‘Blossom’ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2014/03/26/spring-printables-books-children/spring-themed-picture-books/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2014/03/26/spring-printables-books-children/spring-themed-picture-books/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:13:55 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=18537 Spring Themed Picture Books Will Help Young Readers ‘Blossom’ | Storytime Standouts

Engaging and fun, these three Spring themed picture books feature gorgeous illustrations and delightful wordplay. It is no wonder that each is part of a popular series of children's books.

Bear Wants More written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
Spring Themed Picture Book published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster

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Fans of Bear and his forest animal friends will enjoy reading about his springtime awakening. He is hungry and thin – eager for fresh berries, clover and fish but nothing seems to satisfy his enormous appetite. Bear Wants More is a read-aloud delight and features alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyming and repetition.

They nibble on their lunch,
with a crunch, crunch, crunch!
But the bear wants more!

Rich, vibrant illustrations make this an ideal read aloud for groups. The story will be enjoyed by children aged three years and up.

Winner, 2003 National Parenting Publications Honors Award (NAPPA)
An ABC Best Book for Children and a New York Times Bestseller

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Spring theme picture books recommended by StorytimeStandouts

Engaging and fun, these three Spring themed picture books feature gorgeous illustrations and delightful wordplay. It is no wonder that each is part of a popular series of children’s books.






Bear Wants More - Spring Themed Picture BooksBear Wants More written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
Spring Themed Picture Book published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster

Fans of Bear and his forest animal friends will enjoy reading about his springtime awakening. He is hungry and thin – eager for fresh berries, clover and fish but nothing seems to satisfy his enormous appetite. Bear Wants More is a read-aloud delight and features alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyming and repetition.

They nibble on their lunch,
with a crunch, crunch, crunch!
But the bear wants more!

Rich, vibrant illustrations make this an ideal read aloud for groups. The story will be enjoyed by children aged three years and up.

Winner, 2003 National Parenting Publications Honors Award (NAPPA)
An ABC Best Book for Children and a New York Times Bestseller

Bear Wants More (Classic Board Books) at Amazon.com

Bear Wants More at Amazon.ca

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms Spring Themed Picture BooksFletcher and the Springtime Blossoms written by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Spring Themed Picture Book published by Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of Harper Collins

Fletcher is relishing the sights and sounds of spring until he arrives in the orchard. When he sees the flakes falling amongst the fruit trees, he worries for his friends. He knows that the birds, Porcupine, Squirrel and the rabbits are ill-prepared for cold weather. He rushes to warn them. It is only when all of the friends are assembled that they realize that the ‘snowflakes’ are actually blossoms.

So the rabbits hoppity-roly-poly-plopped down the hill, through the woods.
They were chased by Squirrel, Porcupine,
the birds, and a bouncy, full-of-importance fox, all the way to the orchard,
where the ground was white with…

A sunny celebration of friendship and the seasons,Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms features onomatopoeia, alliteration and repetition. Delightful illustrations will engage readers, including in group situations. Great for children aged four years and up.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms at Amazon.com

Fletcher And The Springtime Blossoms at Amazon.ca

Mouse's First Spring - Spring Themed Picture BooksMouse’s first Spring written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Spring Themed Picture Book published by Simon and Schuster

Rich with rhyming, onomatopoeia, alliteration and predictable text, Mouse’s First Spring is a happy look at the sights and sounds of springtime. Young Mouse and Momma venture outdoors on a windy spring day. Together they discover a butterfly, a snail, a bird, a frog, a flower and their love for each other.

There under a leaf,
Mouse found something
slithery and slimy.
What can it be?
wondered Mouse.

Luminous illustrations highlight the wonders waiting to be discovered in the out-of-doors. An excellent choice for babies and toddlers.

Mouse’s First Spring (Classic Board Books) at Amazon.com

Mouse’s First Spring at Amazon.ca

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Cozy Picture Book about Generosity and Gratitude – Bear Says Thanks http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2013/11/20/picture-books-best/cozy-picture-book-about-generosity-and-gratitude-bear-says-thanks/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2013/11/20/picture-books-best/cozy-picture-book-about-generosity-and-gratitude-bear-says-thanks/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:56:39 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=17712 Cozy Picture Book about Generosity and Gratitude – Bear Says Thanks | Storytime Standouts

Bear's many friends are not at all troubled by the fact he can't contribute food to the meal, they know there are other ways he can share.

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Cozy Picture Book about Generosity and Gratitude – Bear Says Thanks | Storytime Standouts

Looking for a Thanksgiving-theme picture book?

Bear Says Thanks is a picture book about generosity and gratitude, perfect for ThanksgivingBear Says Thanks written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
Picture book about generosity and gratitude published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster



Bear is bored. He misses his pals. He decides to hold a feast for his friends but when he looks in his cupboard, he finds that it is empty. When Mouse arrives with a delicious pie, Bear is happy to see his friend and he expresses thanks for the delicious treat. Moments later, Hare arrives with muffins and Badger brings fish. Soon all the forest friends are celebrating in Bear’s cozy den.
Thanksgiving theme picture book about generosity and gratitude, Bear Says Thanks
Bear mutters and he stutters and he wears a big frown. Bear sighs and he moans and he plops himself down.
“You have brought yummy treats! You are so nice to share. But me, I have nothing. My cupboards are bare!”

Bear’s many friends are not at all troubled by the fact he can’t contribute food to the meal, they know there are other ways he can share.

Part of a series of Bear books (Bear Feels Sick, Bear Stays Up for Christmas….) Bear Says Thanks is a lovely celebration of friendship, generosity and gratitude, well suited to preschool age children. Gorgeous illustrations beautifully depict Bear’s emotions and the animals’ sense of community.

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The Red Scarf, Award Winning Wordless Picture Book http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2012/06/07/picture-books-best/the-red-scarf-award-winning-wordless-picture-book/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2012/06/07/picture-books-best/the-red-scarf-award-winning-wordless-picture-book/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:29:50 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2012/06/07/picture-books-best/the-red-scarf-award-winning-wordless-picture-book/ The Red Scarf, Award Winning Wordless Picture Book | Storytime Standouts

The Red Scarf – created by Anne Villeneuve Almost Wordless Picture Book published by Tundra books Turpin’s day is altogether too gray until an imposing figure climbs into his taxicab. Turpin delivers the gentleman to his destination and shortly thereafter discovers a bright red scarf on the seat of the cab. Turpin chases after the […]

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Storytime Standouts looks at Anne Villeneuve's award winning wordless picture book, The Red ScarfThe Red Scarf – created by Anne Villeneuve
Almost Wordless Picture Book published by Tundra books





Turpin’s day is altogether too gray until an imposing figure climbs into his taxicab. Turpin delivers the gentleman to his destination and shortly thereafter discovers a bright red scarf on the seat of the cab.

Turpin chases after the mysterious man but is detained by a lizard on a unicycle. Once he explains his purpose, the lizard allows him to pass. Turpin soon finds himself surrounded by a bear on roller skates, and a ravenous lion. Fortunately, the lion tamer is not far away and rescues him before the worst can happen.

Now, surrounded by amazing colour and exotic creatures, Turpin’s day grows stranger and stranger until he finds himself in the middle of a brightly lit circus tent. A parading elephant, a fire breathing juggler, a playful monkey, a tightrope and a magic trick all add to the hijinks as Turpin struggles to return the scarf. The Red Scarf, Award Winning Wordless Picture Book

Originally published as L’echarpe rouge, this almost wordless picture book won the 2000 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration.

Best suited to children kindergarten age and up.

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Me and You – A Fresh Look at Goldilocks and the Three Bears http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/12/07/picture-books-best/me-and-you-a-fresh-look-at-goldilocks-and-the-three-bears/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/12/07/picture-books-best/me-and-you-a-fresh-look-at-goldilocks-and-the-three-bears/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:34:40 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=9324 Me and You – A Fresh Look at Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Storytime Standouts

Me and You written and illustrated by Anthony Browne Picture book published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Shortlisted for the 2011 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Me and You is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. While on a rather boring outing with her mom, Goldilocks is distracted […]

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Me and You -  A Fresh Look at Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Storytime StandoutsMe and You written and illustrated by Anthony Browne
Picture book published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux





Shortlisted for the 2011 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Me and You is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

While on a rather boring outing with her mom, Goldilocks is distracted by a floating balloon. She follows the balloon but can’t quite catch it. Separated from her mother, she finds herself in a dark and dismal part of town, characterized by foreboding brick walls, cracked windows and narrow alleyways.

Meanwhile Baby Bear, Mummy Bear and Father Bear have decided to go for a walk while their morning porridge cools. They leave their sunny-yellow house and head to a nearby park.

“Daddy talked about his work and Mummy talked about her work. I just messed about.”

Beautifully illustrated,Me and You depicts Goldilocks’ experiences (wordlessly) in tones of gold and sepia. Baby Bear lives in a decidedly cheerier, more colourful world.

Highly recommended for children who are familiar with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Me and You offers many opportunities to make comparisons and consider perspective.

Suggested visual literacy activity for Me and You from CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards site

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I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen – A Surprisingly Dark Picture Book http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/11/29/picture-books-best/i-want-my-hat-back-by-jon-klassen-a-surprisingly-dark-picture-book/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/11/29/picture-books-best/i-want-my-hat-back-by-jon-klassen-a-surprisingly-dark-picture-book/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:51:23 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=9183 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen – A Surprisingly Dark Picture Book | Storytime Standouts

I Want My Hat Back written and illustrated by Jon Klassen Picture book published by Candlewick Press Poor Bear, he has lost his pointy, red hat. He searches the forest, politely asking, “Have you seen my hat?” He meets Fox, Frog, Rabbit, Turtle, and Snake. None has seen his hat. Bear is bereft and despondent. […]

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Storytime Standouts looks at I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen - A Surprisingly Dark Picture BookI Want My Hat Back written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Picture book published by Candlewick Press



Poor Bear, he has lost his pointy, red hat. He searches the forest, politely asking, “Have you seen my hat?” He meets Fox, Frog, Rabbit, Turtle, and Snake. None has seen his hat. Bear is bereft and despondent. He frets that his hat is gone forever.

When Deer finally asks, “What does your hat look like?” Bear remembers something important.

Picture book, I Want My Hat Back is a breath of fresh air with a hint of mystery and a touch of revenge.

Best suited to older readers, adults and children (aged five and up) will thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to “read between the lines” and enjoy Klassen’s gallows humor.

Would I read it to a group of three year olds? “Maybe not.” Would I read it to a group of jaded six year olds who think they know all there is to know about picture books? “You betcha!”

Storytime kit from Candlewick Press – includes I Want My Hat Back activities.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with These Special Picture Books http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/05/03/picture-books-best/highlighting-picture-books-to-celebrate-mothers-day/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/05/03/picture-books-best/highlighting-picture-books-to-celebrate-mothers-day/#respond Tue, 03 May 2011 19:18:52 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=5006 Celebrate Mother’s Day with These Special Picture Books | Storytime Standouts

Here are some lovely picture books that celebrate mom. They would be perfect for a Mother’s Day storytime. Bearcub and Mama written by Sharon Jennings and illustrated by Melanie Watt A picture book about the relationship between mother and child, published by Kids Can Press Rich, warm, luminous illustrations enhance the story of a young […]

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Mother's Day Picture Books recommended by Storytime Standouts

Here are some lovely picture books that celebrate mom. They would be perfect for a Mother’s Day storytime.














Bearcub and Mama is recommended for Mother's Day storytime by Storytime StandoutsBearcub and Mama written by Sharon Jennings and illustrated by Melanie Watt
A picture book about the relationship between mother and child, published by Kids Can Press


Rich, warm, luminous illustrations enhance the story of a young cub and his mama. As the cub grows, he gains independence and gets separated from his loving, supportive and encouraging mother. Thankfully, he remembers the lessons she taught him and returns, through a snowstorm, to their cave. When he awakens in the morning, she is right there beside him. A lovely and reassuring story, best suited for preschool children.

Bearcub and Mama at Amazon.com

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Bright Red Kisses is recommended for Mother's Day storytime by Storytime Standouts Bright Red Kisses written by Teresa Toten and illustrated by Deirdre Betteridge
A picture book about Mommy getting ready for an evening out, published by Annick Press

“The air is full of tickles” and Mommy is rushing to be ready for seven o’clock. Fortunately, she has enlisted the help of her young daughter. Lotions, creams, powders, sprays and polishes help to prepare Mommy for a special night out. Beautiful language, captures the excitement and anticipation perfectly; “In the back of Mommy’s closet the fancy dresses sleep. I wake them up and shake them up. I love to watch them leap.” A delightful story to share with young children, this might be a perfect antidote for those who plead, “Please don’t go.”

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A Honey of a Story: Jack the Bear created by Christina Leist http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/03/23/picture-books-best/a-honey-of-a-story-jack-the-bear/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/03/23/picture-books-best/a-honey-of-a-story-jack-the-bear/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=4252 A Honey of a Story: Jack the Bear created by Christina Leist | Storytime Standouts

Jack the Bear – written and illustrated by Christina Leist Picture book that explores social responsibility published by Simply Read Books When an unfamiliar bear appears in his forest, Nosy Fox is immediately curious. Nosy asks Brainy Owl about the stranger and is unimpressed when Nosy says that Jack the Bear is making the world […]

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Jack the Bear created by Christina Leist reviewed by Storytime StandoutsJack the Bear – written and illustrated by Christina Leist
Picture book that explores social responsibility published by Simply Read Books



When an unfamiliar bear appears in his forest, Nosy Fox is immediately curious. Nosy asks Brainy Owl about the stranger and is unimpressed when Nosy says that Jack the Bear is making the world a better place.

“I thought,” said Nosy Fox, twitching his tail, “that making the world a better place was a job for kings and queens and presidents and prime ministers.”

As Nosy and Brainy observe the stranger from a distance, Brainy answers the fox’s questions and encourages him to reconsider his assumptions about who can make a difference. The world is awfully big, after all, and there are many ways to make it better – some even involve honey!

“Exactly.” Brainy Owl beamed. “Little good deeds that everyone can do, like making somebody smile, turn the world into a better place.”

Nominated for a 2011 Blue Spruce Award, Jack the Bear is a very good starting point for discussions about social responsibility.

It is also worthwhile to note the inventive illustrations were created on recycled brown paper bags using chalk, watercolours, crayon, felt pen, and pencil.

KC Dyer’s photos of the Jack the Bear booklaunch

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Salmon Creek written by Annette LeBox and illustrated by Karen Reczuch Picture books published by Groundwood Books A wonderful resource for children interested in our natural world and students studying Pacific salmon, Salmon Creek is a beautifully illustrated picture book about one Coho salmon: Sumi. Beginning when Sumi first feels and hears the creek around […]

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Salmon Creek by Annette LeBox reviewed by Storytime StandoutsSalmon Creek written by Annette LeBox and illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Picture books published by Groundwood Books

A wonderful resource for children interested in our natural world and students studying Pacific salmon, Salmon Creek is a beautifully illustrated picture book about one Coho salmon: Sumi. Beginning when Sumi first feels and hears the creek around her, “Sumi was blind, but she could hear the wind whispering through the cedars. She could hear the creek stones lifting and falling as the salmon mothers built their nests. And if she pressed against the curve of her egg, she could hear her salmon mother singing. Home is the scent of cedar and creek. Home is the journey’s end.” Richly detailed illustrations show us the wildlife that frequents the banks of the stream (bears, raccoons, heron, ducks, and eagles) and Sumi’s growth and travels from alevin to fry, smolt and finally a fully grown fish, ready to spawn.

The afterward includes illustrations of and information about the life cycle of the Coho salmon, a commentary regarding threats to wild salmon, additional resources, a glossary and suggestions for how kids can help.

The Pacific Streamkeepers’ Federation

National Geographic’s Pacific Salmon lesson plans

Fisheries and Ocean’s Canada’s Stream to Sea programs for primary, intermediate and secondary students

Salmon Creek at Amazon.com

Salmon Creek at Amazon.ca


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Zero Kisses for Me by Manuela Monari- Not Even a Tiny Bit Bleah http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/03/06/picture-books-best/zero-kisses-for-me-not-even-a-tin-bit-bleah/ Sun, 06 Mar 2011 17:16:36 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=4178 Zero Kisses for Me by Manuela Monari- Not Even a Tiny Bit Bleah | Storytime Standouts

Zero Kisses for Me written by Manuela Monari and illustrated by Virginie Soumagnac Picture book published by Tundra Books I have the good fortune to share read alouds with children regularly in my classes. I always look for engaging stories that will hook my students. Sometimes I am lucky enough to find a book that […]

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Storytime Standouts thinks Zero Kisses for Me is GreatZero Kisses for Me written by Manuela Monari and illustrated by Virginie Soumagnac
Picture book published by Tundra Books

I have the good fortune to share read alouds with children regularly in my classes. I always look for engaging stories that will hook my students. Sometimes I am lucky enough to find a book that doesn’t just hook the kids – some books have children talking about the story a week later and begging for a reread. Zero Kisses for Me is one of those delightful books that children love to see, listen to and cheer about.

Life is tough when you’re always being kissed.” When you’re kissed before you go out in the rain and when you’re kissed and called, “Honeybunch” or “Flower Bud.” By the end of the day, you can be “tired of being everybody’s tootsy-wootsy… huggy-bear… kissy-snooks.” You might even demand, “No more mush!” And, you might exclaim, “BLEAH” – the perfect word to make a story memorable and a great word for young children to hear and relish.

Fun illustrations add to the atmosphere in Zero Kisses for Me and convey the little bear’s determination and frustration beautifully. A great read aloud for boys and girls, aged four to six, especially those who enjoy many, many kisses each and every day. Although not a Valentine’s Day book, this would be a terrific choice to reach for on February 14th.

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Fraser Bear – A Cub’s Life by Maggie de Vries and Renne Benoit http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/03/03/picture-books-green-environmental-awareness/a-welcome-discovery-fraser-bear-a-cubs-life-by-maggie-de-vries-and-renne-benoit/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/03/03/picture-books-green-environmental-awareness/a-welcome-discovery-fraser-bear-a-cubs-life-by-maggie-de-vries-and-renne-benoit/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:58:22 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=4069 Fraser Bear – A Cub’s Life by Maggie de Vries and Renne Benoit | Storytime Standouts

Fraser Bear – A Cub’s Life – written by Maggie de Vries and illustrated by Renne Benoit Picture book published by Greystone Books Weaving together the story of a young black bear cub with that of chinook salmon, Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life is both informative and engaging. The story begins in January when two […]

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A Cub's Life by Maggie de Vries and Renne Benoit reviewed by Storytime StandoutsFraser Bear – A Cub’s Life – written by Maggie de Vries and illustrated by Renne Benoit
Picture book published by Greystone Books

Weaving together the story of a young black bear cub with that of chinook salmon, Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life is both informative and engaging. The story begins in January when two sleepy young bear cubs seek nourishment from their mother. Many miles away, chinook salmon begin their journey from the Aleutian Islands to Fraser Bear’s birthplace in the Rocky Mountains. We watch as the young bear grows and matures, experiencing the snowy forest for the first time, seeking food, meeting an angry male bear, enjoying tasty blueberries and discovering a river filled with spawning salmon.

“One day, the mother leads her cubs to the river’s rocky shore. Fraser stares. the water is alive! it squirms. It wriggles, Fraser has never seen water like this before.”

Brimming with factual information, Fraser Bear is beautifully illustrated and will be enjoyed by youngsters aged five and up. Additional notes provide information about black bears and bear safety as well as chinook salmon. A glossary and map also support the text.

Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life at Amazon.com

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Note: Fraser Bear began life as “Fraser the Bear,” a plush souvenir for travellers on the Rocky Mountaineer. The tour company is a supporter of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.


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A Camping Spree With Mr Magee, One of My All-Time Favourites! http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/02/14/picture-books-best/highlighting-one-of-my-all-time-favourites-a-camping-spree-with-mr-magee/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/02/14/picture-books-best/highlighting-one-of-my-all-time-favourites-a-camping-spree-with-mr-magee/#respond Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:39:32 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=3623 A Camping Spree With Mr Magee, One of My All-Time Favourites! | Storytime Standouts

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee – written and Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen An absolutely irresistible adventure story for young children. A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee is one of my all-time favourite picture books. When Mr. Magee and his small dog begin their camping trip, they have no inkling that a near-sighted, marshmallow-fancying […]

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A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee is one of our favorite picture booksA Camping Spree with Mr. Magee – written and Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

An absolutely irresistible adventure story for young children. A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee is one of my all-time favourite picture books. When Mr. Magee and his small dog begin their camping trip, they have no inkling that a near-sighted, marshmallow-fancying bear will soon have them staring down a fifty foot waterfall.

They were snoring and snoozing, enjoying a dream, When splash went the camper right into the stream! The splash shook the camper. They jumped out of bed. “Now what in the world was that?” Magee said.

Both adults and children will thoroughly enjoy the rich and dramatic illustrations as well as the delightful rhyming prose. Don’t miss it!

36 pages, Ages 4 to 7

Chris Van Dusen Website

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When the Earth Wakes follows Mother Bear and her cub through a year http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/02/04/picture-books-green-environmental-awareness/green-picture-books-when-the-earth-wakes/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/02/04/picture-books-green-environmental-awareness/green-picture-books-when-the-earth-wakes/#respond Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:07:12 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=2716 When the Earth Wakes follows Mother Bear and her cub through a year | Storytime Standouts

When the Earth Wakes – written and illustrated by Ani Rucki A lovely book for very young children, When the Earth Wakes invites readers to observe as spring arrives, the earth is awakened and a mother bear stretches with her young cub. We watch the snow melt and the two bears frolic in the sunshine […]

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Storytime Standouts writes about When the Earth Wakes, exploring the seasonsWhen the Earth Wakes – written and illustrated by Ani Rucki


A lovely book for very young children, When the Earth Wakes invites readers to observe as spring arrives, the earth is awakened and a mother bear stretches with her young cub. We watch the snow melt and the two bears frolic in the sunshine and warm breeze. Before long it is summertime; butterflies, salmon, thunderstorms and starry nights change the natural landscape once again. When leaves begin to change and blueberries ripen, the two bears know it is time to prepare for winter. A lovely, gentle circular story about the changing seasons and our beautiful earth.

Striking coloured pencil illustrations make When the Earth Wakes well-suited to a read aloud setting.

When the Earth Wakes at Amazon.com

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Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland – What Could be Better? http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/02/02/picture-books-green-environmental-awareness/green-picture-books-big-bear-hug/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/02/02/picture-books-green-environmental-awareness/green-picture-books-big-bear-hug/#respond Thu, 03 Feb 2011 06:53:05 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=2495 Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland – What Could be Better? | Storytime Standouts

Big Bear Hug written and illustrated by Nicholas Oldland Fable Picture book published by Kids Can Press Author – illustrator Nicholas Oldland introduces a happy, affectionate bear who shares his love by wandering through forests and hugging flora and fauna, large and small. One day the friendly bear is shocked to find a man with […]

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Big Bear Hug published by Kids Can PressBig Bear Hug written and illustrated by Nicholas Oldland
Fable Picture book published by Kids Can Press


Author – illustrator Nicholas Oldland introduces a happy, affectionate bear who shares his love by wandering through forests and hugging flora and fauna, large and small. One day the friendly bear is shocked to find a man with a menacing ax strolling through the forest. The man is planning to chop down one of the oldest and finest trees in the woods. Despite his anger, the bear resists an urge to attack and gives the startled man an enormous “bear” hug.

This simply told fable features distinctive, bold illustrations and a loving message. Big Bear Hug will be thoroughly enjoyed by children three and up.

Link to “Bear Hug” Name Tags

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Extreme Makeovers Aren’t Enough for The Very Cranky Bear http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2009/02/25/picture-books-best/sometimes-even-extreme-makeovers-arent-enough/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2009/02/25/picture-books-best/sometimes-even-extreme-makeovers-arent-enough/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2009 12:29:24 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/wordpress/?p=109 Extreme Makeovers Aren’t Enough for The Very Cranky Bear | Storytime Standouts

What a delight! Four young animal friends decide a dry but dark cave is the perfect place to take shelter from a downpour. They have just settled into a sociable game of cards when a weary, bad-tempered bear chases them out of the cave and into the rain. Three of the pals decide that the bear’s misery must be due to his rather nondescript appearance. When their ill-advised makeover does nothing to improve the bear’s mood, it is left to a plain but thoughtful sheep’ to make the cantankerous bear comfortable.

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Storytime Standouts looks at The Very Cranky BearThe Very Cranky Bear written and illustrated by Nick Bland
Picture book about friends and friendship published by Scholastic





What a delight! Four young animal friends decide a dry but dark cave is the perfect place to take shelter from a downpour. They have just settled into a sociable game of cards when a weary, bad-tempered bear chases them out of the cave and into the rain. Three of the pals decide that the bear’s misery must be due to his rather nondescript appearance. When their ill-advised makeover does nothing to improve the bear’s mood, it is left to a plain but thoughtful sheep to make the cantankerous bear comfortable.

Gigglepotz.com Teaching guide for The Very Cranky Bear

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There’s an Alphabet Book for Every Child! Highlighting ABC Books for Kids http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2007/05/28/early-literacy-learning-the-alphabet/theres-an-alphabet-for-every-child-from-annie-to-zachary/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2007/05/28/early-literacy-learning-the-alphabet/theres-an-alphabet-for-every-child-from-annie-to-zachary/#respond Mon, 28 May 2007 11:32:11 +0000 /?p=76 There’s an Alphabet Book for Every Child! Highlighting ABC Books for Kids | Storytime Standouts

Having an alphabet book (or two, three or four!), is one way to make your home literacy-friendly. Today I will look at five diverse alphabet books… Just looking at the titles and cover art gives us a hint of the broad range of style and content that alphabet books can encompass. Do Your ABC’s, Little […]

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Storytime Standouts Suggests Alphabet Books for Preschool

Having an alphabet book (or two, three or four!), is one way to make your home literacy-friendly. Today I will look at five diverse alphabet books… Just looking at the titles and cover art gives us a hint of the broad range of style and content that alphabet books can encompass.








Storytime Standouts writes about alphabet book, Do Your ABCs Little Brown BearDo Your ABC’s, Little Brown Bear written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Margie Moore
Alphabet Book published by Puffin; Reprint edition

Beginning with Do Your ABC’s, Little Brown Bear we discover a way to help a child learn her alphabet. On a walk with Papa, Little Brown Bear looks for things that begin with each letter of the alphabet. I enjoyed the sweet interaction between Papa and Little Brown Bear. It is hard to imagine any family sharing the book without embarking on their own alphabet exploration. Appropriate for children aged three and up.

Do Your ABC’s, Little Brown Bear at Amazon.com

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Storytime Standouts writes about alphabet book, Northern Lights A to ZNorthern Lights A to Z written and illustrated by Mindy Dwyer
Alphabet Book published by Sasquatch Books

Northern Lights A to Z will appeal mainly to older children (aged five and up) particularly those who have a special interest in the night sky or legends. Beautifully illustrated, the author seamlessly mixes science and myths and shares her knowledge in an engaging, accessible format. I can still remember the emotions I felt when I saw the aurora borealis. This special alphabet book captures the extraordinary experience beautifully.


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Storytime Standouts writes about alphabet book, A is for AfricaA Is for Africa written by Ifeoma Onyefulu
Alphabet Book published by Puffin; Reprint edition

A Is for Africa features gorgeous photographs of people and things found in south-eastern Nigeria. Best for children aged five and up, I was struck by the author’s respectful tone and the way her photographs draw us into the atmosphere in the community. Although written in an alphabet book format, one can easily imagine an older child using this book to learn about life in an African village.


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Storytime Standouts writes about alphabet book, C is for CabooseC is for Caboose written and illustrated by Traci N. Todd
Alphabet Book published by Chronicle Books

When my boys were young, books about trucks and trains were very much “top of the charts” as far as they were concerned. C Is for Caboose features a mix of bright, bold illustrations and archival photographs. This will appeal most to children who are already fascinated by rail travel and enjoy historical photographs.


C Is for Caboose: Riding the Rails from A to Z at Amazon.com

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Storytime Standouts writes about alphabet book, Stargazer's AlphabetStargazer’s Alphabet Night-Sky Wonders from A to Z written by John Farrell
Alphabet Book published by Boyds Mills Press

For older children (aged six and up), Stargazer’s Alphabet is “out of this world.” Featuring fabulous photographs of the Milky Way, Jupiter, Mars and more, this book uses a terrific format to its best advantage. Large pages each feature a rhyme: “V is for Venus, a lovely dazzling disk“, a factual paragraph plus photos, maps and diagrams. Great for families where the youngest child can enjoy the rhyming text and older children (and adults) can read detailed explanations. Featuring a glassary and the author’s thoughts on space, the breadth of the material covered will make this a valuable family resource for many years.


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