Red : A Crayon's Story - Michael Hall (2015)

ISBN 10 : 0 06 225209 7
ISBN 13 : 978 0 06 225209 8

A blue's got the blues     

          Blue Strawberries? Blue fire engine? That's what happens when a blue crayon is wrongly considered as a red crayon. 

          He is blue (crayon), but wrongly labeled as red. He has a whole set of family members and classmates (all are various colors of crayons). As he goes on drawing blue strawberries and blue foxes, everyone thinks he is not good enough to be a red crayon.

Any Questions? - Marie-Louise Gay (2014)

ISBN 10 : 1 55498 382 7
ISBN 13 : 978 1 55498 382 7

A story starter pack

        Where does a picture book start? Is it from a word, a setting, a doodle or from a scribble? With a fictional twist, author Marie-Louise Gay, has sketched and developed a story on how to build a story.

         Believe it or not, every story starts from a blank page. In first person narration, the author first suggests some (imaginary) kids, to check for different colored canvases. (A white color - snow storm, blue - ocean theme, black - horror story and so on.) If canvas does not strike well, some introductory phrases or doodles could work. 

About The Awards : Newbery Medals

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The Newbery Medal Seal (Gold)

          While a Caldecott Award honors an illustrator, the Newbery Medal identifies the remarkable authors. Every year, Newbery Medal is given to the author of the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children".

       The 'Association for Library Service to Children' (ALSC) selects a children's book as Newbery Medal winner, each year (Represented with a golden seal on the book cover). Apart from this, zero to eight books are selected as Newbery Honor books (represented with a silver seal). 

The Potato King - Christoph Niemann (2015)

ISBN 10 : 1 77147 139 5
ISBN 13 : 978 1 77147 139 8
     Do you hate potatoes? Well, obviously, I can assume your answer to be 'no'. But, down in mythology, a king had to introduce this crop to his subjects, with all possible tactics.   

A Carb Story

             King Fritz gets to know about a new crop (potato) and plants them in a field. Also, he asks the villagers nearby the field, to grow it in their gardens. But the villagers don't like to be told, what to do. After brainstorming, the king has an idea. He sends a troop of soldiers, to the potato field to guard it. 

Nana In The City - Lauren Castillo (2014)

ISBN 10 :  0 544 104439
ISBN 10 : 978 0 544 104433
                 (Caldecott Honor -2015)

Vibrantly Busy, Cheerfully Loud

            Every coin has two sides. Whatever that looks scary and dreadful, could also have a tender, brighter side. This book is a lovable, child-size version of this universal message.

             A city is busy, loud and filled with scary stuff. A city is not a right place for a grandma to live in. This is the opinion of the young boy, who visits his nana in the city and spends a day with her in the city streets. 

Me... Jane - Patrick McDonnell (2011)

ISBN 10 : 0 316 0 4546 2
ISBN 13 : 978 0 316 0 4546 9
                          Caldecott Honor - 2012

        (Apart from Caldecott Honor, this book has received various other awards including National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Winner, Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner etc.)

A 'dream of life' to the 'life of dream'

       How far a dream could take us? Primatologist, ethologist and animal activist Jane Goodall's dream took her to her dream land of African jungles. Any parent would be excited to introduce her inspiring biography through this exquisite book.

Gone Wild - David McLimans (2006)

ISBN 10 : 0 8027 9563 3
ISBN 13 : 978 0 8027 9563 2
                            (Caldecott Honor - 2007)

Wildly Graphical
         Various animals, which walked on earth once, are now extinct. But, wait, this book is not about dinosaurs. It lists the animals, which have endangered existence. Before you start to think how this book fits for a child, I should say that it is the graphical rendering of animals and their alphabetical listing make this, a wonderful children's book.

Always - Emma Dodd (2014)

ISBN 10 :  0 7636 7544 X
ISBN 13 : 978 0 7636 7544 8
        (This book was published under the names "Sometimes" and  "No Matter What" in 2007 and 2008).

A Statement of Love      
       It is unconditional. It is immeasurable. It is irreplaceable.  Go ahead and try fitting it with all the goodness in the world. It down weighs everything else. And, yes, it is mother's love.

Nighttime Ninja - Barbara Dacosta (2012)

ISBN 10 : 03162 0384X
ISBN 13 : 978 01362 03845
A Sweet Mission
       A Ninja! A mission! A target! A ninja goes on a mission. The mission is to attain a target. The target is, well, inside a refrigerator. 

        It has been a quiet, night time. When the clock strikes midnight, the ninja starts on his mission. He crosses all the hurdles by climbing, clambering and with all his ninja techniques. Nothing is going to stop this brave ninja from accomplishing his mission.

Small Medium Large - Emily Jenkins (2011)

ISBN 10 : 15957 22785
ISBN 13 : 978 15957 22782
A new 'theory of relativity'
      colossal > enormous > huge 

       large > medium > small 

       miniature > miniscule > itty-bitty

      Can't get a hand on these equations? No problems. The author Emily Jenkins has presented a neat book, that has clear-cut illustrations and equations, to better understand the relative sizes. 

      The book starts with a small, a medium and a large character (imaginary ones, look like a dog or mouse). Don't stop just there, as we witness an extra-large, a huge, an enormous and even a colossal one (It is so colossal, that it can't even fit in the book). Now the scale changes, as the tiny, teeny, miniature, miniscule and itty-bitty creatures are on the line.

Princess In Black - Shannon Hale & Dean Hale (2014)

ISBN 10 : 07636 6510X
ISBN 13 : 978 07636 65104
Out-of-the-world Princess

           Princesses are pretty. Princesses are perfect. Princesses wear pink. Princesses ride ponies. (Ufff... how many 'p's?) But, not this princess Magnolia. The authors Shannon Hale and Dean Hale portray a princess who breaks almost every rule of 'Princess' community.

        Princess Magnolia (minus her thrilling secret) is a perfect princess, sipping hot chocolate in a gracious way, with her nosy guest, Duchess Wigtower. All goes well, until Princess' monster alarm sounds 'Brring'. Without making the Duchess to doubt her, now the princess needs to change from adorable pink to mighty black and become 'Princess In Black'.