From @averyandaugustine ―
This month’s theme for #littlelitbookseries is cities.
If you’ve been to San Francisco, you’ll know it’s one of the most beautiful and palatable cities in the US. So much is packed into its 47 square miles — row houses packed cheek by jowl along precipitous streets, countless fantastic restaurants just a stone’s throw away, distinctive architecture and pockets of natural beauty hidden throughout the city. We love how Miroslav Sasek captured this ever-changing city with his witty and modern eye in This Is San Francisco. Originally published in 1962, the edition pictured was published by Universe in 2003. What’s everyone’s favorite spot in SF? Some of ours are the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, Warming Hut at Crissy Field, the Ferry Building and the drive along Lincoln Blvd. in the north part of the city.
From @braveandkindbooks —
I know this one is super predictable, but Especially since we just returned from a family trip to NYC where we picked up this copy of M. Sasek’s This Is New York, I just had to share as part of this months #littlelitbookseries theme of cities. And what a city it is! We walked across cross the Brooklyn Bridge and spent the day at Central Park and met friends for a Yankees game and the Statue of Liberty, saw a show on Broadway! Such an adventure! Although this book was originally published in 1960, it contained updated info on the latter pages. A definite must have for a home library.
From @littlebooksbigworld —
“When you’re walking along the city streets there’s always so much to see and hear... But do you ever stop and look down? What’s going on deep in the ground under your feet?”
Just beneath the city sidewalks you’ll find tunnels of water pipes and electric cables and storm drains. Life also dwells underneath your feet - tree roots stretch, earthworms burrow, and rats scamper in the sewers. Deeper still you may find historical artifacts and fossils. Keep on searching. Sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous rock - marble, granite, minerals, and crystals. Crust, mantle, and the earths core! Whew!! What a life beneath our feet!
The June theme for #littlelitbookseries is CITIES and I chose to spin it a bit and share THE STREET BENEATH MY FEET. We love a good non-fiction picture book and this one is FUN. (And stay tuned for the August debut of THE SKIES ABOVE MY EYES also by @quartokids.) Ages 6+
From @live_read_write ―
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” —Anna Quindlen
Throughout the month of June, the #littlelitbookseries has featured books all about cities. We’re closing out the month with this little gem, Travel Through Towns.
In Travel Through Towns, the reader joins tour guides Bernie and Ben, a boy and dog duo, on an adventure around the world. The pair visits cities and towns grouped thematically, and offers both factual and kid-friendly silly commentary along the way. You’ll begin your travels with Urban Jewels: The World’s Most Beautiful Cities. Think Prague and Paris. Then, you’ll visit Urban Giants: Cities That Reach to the Skies. Imagine Dubai and Shanghai, not to mention Chi-town). Next, you’ll be Zooming Around: City Transportation “Mind the Gap!” on the London Underground, bike through Amsterdam, and traverse the canals by gondola in Venice. Stop at Senior Cities: Ancient Cities to go back in time and experience Rome, Athens, and Babylon. Finally, end your journey with Unique Cities such as Rio De Janeiro, Stockholm, and Bangkok. Phew, and these are a small fraction of all of the wonderful cities featured in this book. This makes a great gift for kids (and their adults) who perhaps have the travel bug and wish to see the world!
From @livingbythepagewithnatalie —
Although we now live in a university town my kids know that between my husband and I we've lived in Washington DC, London, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Cairo. They love poring over our well-worn London A-Z book and finding our "street" where our flat was when we were pregnant with our eldest. They hear us reminisce about living on Capitol Hill and riding our bikes down by the monuments for picnic dinners. We go back to Atlanta several times a year to visit family and went to Chicago this past fall with the kids where Dave was able to show them his old University of Chicago stomping grounds. All this to say is that our kids know that cities are fabulous and unique in their own way and we look forward to exploring more with them: past favorites and new ones! 🗺 One fantastic picture book that has whetted their appetite is Lots which is written and amazingly illustrated by Marc Martin. It's a collection of interesting facts around the world (ie: how many cats live in Cairo? Where is the world's longest outdoor escalator-spoiler-Hong Kong). The illustrations are amazing and it's one that I leave out on the coffee table and let them have at it. And sometimes I do myself! Let's just say that I know much more about Ulaanbaatar that I ever thought possible. Wink. Published by Big Picture Press in 2016.
From @ourbookbag ―
Sharing my pick for #littlelitbookseries series. Our theme for this month is cities and as someone who lives in an urban environment I relate to gazing out the window at the city and imagining being carried on an adventure. In A River by Marc Martin (@marcmartinillo) the story begins with a child looking out their bedroom window onto a sprawling city and a winding river that stretches out in both directions. From this window the child imagines a silver boat weaving through the bustling city, past factories, farms and fields until civilization gives way to nature as the river flows to the ocean. The little boat carries on, coming back to the window where the adventure began. I love reading this book to my kids and deciding where our imaginations could take us.
From @picturethisbook —
The theme for this month’s #littlelitbookseries is cities, and one of the first picture books that came to mind was this charming classic which was first published in 1941, for its vivid setting in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts — thanks to Robert McCloskey’s stunning illustrations of the city’s streets and landmarks that are so pivotal to the story. And, if we ever make our way there, you can be sure that we’ll pay a visit to Nancy Schön’s iconic bronze statues of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings in the Public Garden!
From @sunlitpages ―
Knuffle Bunny (pronounced "Kuh-nuffle") was my first introduction to Mo Willems many years ago. I loved it not only for its adorable and amusing depiction of childhood (I can still remember my oldest laughing hysterically at "Aggle flaggle klabble!") but also for the charming glimpses of Brooklyn throughout its pages. The illustrations are a mashup of ink sketches and photography, and they work together so well. For someone who grew up in a tiny rural town (pop. 1700) and has still never actually been to Brooklyn, these real-life images make it easy to feel a part of this Park Slope neighborhood. In fact, I'd probably be able to identify that infamous laundromat if I walked past it.
Today's #littlelitbookseries is all about cities, and while many contributors are focusing on the hustle and bustle of downtown, I chose to highlight a city neighborhood instead.
P.S. The sequel, Knuffle Bunny Too, is not to be missed, especially the two-page spread of Grand Army Plaza.
From @teeandpenguin ―
School’s officially out and we’re traveling for the next 6 weeks.
First up on our itinerary is Washington D.C. which coincides so well with this month’s #littlelitbookseries theme of cities. D.C. is one of my favorite cities and this adventure journal by @weesociety is the perfect way for my 5 year old to capture this trip. We’ve just started the journal and it is darling. So many fun pages spreads to fill in and document the adventures we have!
From @the.bookwormclub —
Communities is a central theme for social studies curriculum in the lower elementary grades. Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town is a splendid accompaniment for teaching it. Young readers visit the school, the farm, the post office, and many more places that are essential parts of a community. This is also my contribution for #littlelitbookseries theme on cities.
From @writesinla —
Our #littlelitbookseries theme for June is cities. ACCIDENT by Andrew Tsurumi starts with Lola the little kangaroo spilling something on a chair at home. It proceeds with a series of other mishaps made in the town by almost everyone on her way to the heart and center of this particular city, the library. *sigh* There it’s decided that what feels like a catastrophe or disaster is probably just an accident. Amends are made and messes cleaned all through the town square. When all is well again, it’s time for a break at the park with Lola’s parent. May every city have a library and helpful, collaborative community at its heart for when accidents happen and when they don’t.