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Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems

Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems | Little Lit Book Series
Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems | Little Lit Book Series
Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems | Little Lit Book Series
Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems | Little Lit Book Series

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie is a collection of math puzzles and riddles based on famous works by poets Edgar Allan Poe, Edward Lear, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Hilaire Belloc, Robert Frost, Eleanor Farjeon, A. A. Milne, William Carlos Willams, Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, John Ciardi and Shel Silverstein.  These amusing, lyrical word problems are on the challenging side and would be best for ages 9-12 (or younger children with advanced skills).  Brief biographies with highlights of the poets’ lives are included in the back matter.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems was written by J. Patrick Lewis, Children’s Poet Laureate, and illustrated by Michael Slack.  This edition was published by Scholastic.

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Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

These are the books that were shared for August's #littlelitbookseries theme of wordless books.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @averyandaugustine ― 

We’re sharing wordless picture books for this month’s #littlelitbookseries. Wordless picture books are wonderful for so many reasons — they allow a reader to become an active participant in storytelling, to interact with the narrative and to interpret it in a multitude of ways. Wordless books also provide opportunities for children to learn different lexicons depending on who’s telling the story, and to really understand the elements of story structure (characters, setting, problem, resolution, etc.). When readers revisit wordless books, there are new nuances to discover and fresh takes to be had on the narrative.

When you open the door and your heart to something new and unfamiliar — and possibly strange — you just might find magic, mirth, beauty and friendship. We love how the themes of curiosity and wonder unfold in DOOR, how JiHyeon Lee’s illustrations exude a soft, quiet exuberance and a subtle humor; and how her deft use of color plays an integral role in the narrative.

DOOR was written and illustrated by JiHyeon Lee and published by Chronicle Books (@chroniclebooks). It’ll be out on October 2.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @bonjour_mes_amies — 

It's #wordlesswednesday and I'm also sharing another addition to the #littlelitbookseries theme of wordless picture books. Forgive my late post. It's been a whirlwind of a summer, to say the least. I'm knee-deep in my Master's Program while balancing family & life. But I'm doing it!

Now, Quest by Aaron Becker, is book two in the Journey Trilogy. For those of you who are not familiar with the series, the pages are oozing with adventure and imagination. Recently, we revisited this story and I had Big Sister read it to Little Sister. Mind you, there are are absolutely NO words. But as I listened closely to my eldest daughter narrate the story, I was pleasantly surprised to hear such rich descriptive language, transitional phrases, and robust vocabulary. My littlest was all ears and in anticipation. There was mention of secret worlds, danger, saving the King, and very brave children, which was all concocted by pure imagination. However, the beautifully illustrated pages lends it self to creating a magical story of your own. If you're searching for fantasy or an epic tale, definitely, check this out!

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @carterhiggins ―

My #littlelitbookseries friends are celebrating wordless books this month, and I’ll confess up front: I’m cheating. This book has words, but not many. It’s spare but rich and the whole thing is brilliantly conceived by Elizabeth Stevens Omlor and Neesha Hudson.

Picture books are extraordinarily hard to write, and the way this one unfolds with so few words and so much action is a whole big dose of magic.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @littlebooksbigworld —

A good (wordless) picture (book) is worth a thousand words. ✨

A wordless picture book can help to build a reader’s confidence, it encourages readers to question and pay attention to detail, it fosters creativity, it crosses language barriers, it provides an opportunity for an emergent reader to be a fluent reader... I could go on and on but if you want to more info, click on #lbbwwordlesspicturebook.

Tomie DePaola, the much loved creator of Strega Nona and Big Anthony, published PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST in 1978. (So, you see, this wordless thing has staying power!) In the story, a woman sets out to make pancakes but there are many obstacles in her way. She must visit the chickens for eggs, the cow for milk, and then churn some of that milk to get butter. Whew, a lot of work for pancakes! But all worth it in the end. Perhaps?

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @live_read_write ―

This past year, the #littlehistorian and I had the incredible opportunity to meet my #kidlit idol at a local book festival here in NJ, the incomparable Kate DiCamillo. She is as endearing and witty in person as she is on the page. Who else would I dress as for Superhero Day at school? I mean, I already had the matching plaid shirt. And several of her books. {swipe for pics; I may have cried when a student dressed as her teacher}

LA, LA, LA, a nearly wordless picture book, is a shift from Kate DiCamillo’s usual feast-of-language-fare, but of course there’s more to the story than meets the eye. DiCamillo shares the genesis of the story — two circles, one small and one large — and her collaboration with the illustrator in the author’s note: “here is illustrator Jaime Kim’s beautiful art answering my small, tentative song.” LA, LA, LA is a beautiful story of a young girl’s journey and desire to be heard and known. “La” is the only word spoken as the enchanting illustrations and mesmerizing hues of gold and purple move the reader through a day and into the night. 

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @livingbythepagewithnatalie — 

They say that less is more and that is certainly the case with wordless picture books. I still include them in our #snacksandstories rotation, even those several of mine can read independently, due to their artistic power and importance in helping literacy skills such as narration. Because we are interpreting the author/illustrator's work, we often talk more about these books than other picture books! A recent new find for us was Argentine illustrator Cynthia Alonso's Aquarium. It's about a little girl who finds a new friend in a red fish from the sea...she takes him home and lovingly constructs the most elaborate aquarium, only to realize that it belongs back in the ocean. So many themes here that my kids and I discussed...one of them being sacrificial love; sometimes we have to let go of what we love most. The book is rendered in a fabulous palette of blues, pinks and gold. I'd say for ages 3-8. I know older kids would breeze through it but again, if you have them narrate it and dig deeper, it's amazing the way the conversation quickly turns to more mature themes! Published by Chronicle Books in 2018. 

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @ourbookbag ― 

Back when I started sharing books here in 2015, I tried to do a regular #wordlessbookwednesday, but it’s been a looong time since I’ve shared one! So I am so thrilled that for this months #littlelitbookseries we are sharing #wordlessbooks.  Suzy Lee has an incredible series of wordless books including Mirror, Wave and this one, Shadow, published in 2010.  We love the imagination of a child at work in these books. In Shadow a little girl explores a cluttered attic; with the click of a lightbulb she transforms a quiet space into a riot of activity.  The elegant illustrations use only black, white and yellow bring the story out of the darkness and back again. Childhood magic. ✨

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @picturethisbook ― 

When Lola the armadillo knocks a jug of juice over her parents’ armchair, she panics and decides to escape from the scene of the crime, so to speak — thus triggering a madcap runaway chain when her friends decide to follow suit after similar mishaps.

Whether you’re 6 or 60, that familiar sinking feeling of dread (and, more plainly, DRAT!) at the prospect of having to face the music after making a mistake or when things just go wrong for whatever reason, never really goes away. However, as Andrea Tsurumi’s brilliant #picturebook reminds us with its delightfully wacky spreads packed with other people’s problems that Lola et. al. fail to notice in their frenzy to get away, spills, disasters and accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it’s so important to get some perspective and better advice (i.e. even if it’s to the library, running away is never the solution).

I LOVE everything about this whirlwind of a picture book: its originality; the fun vocabulary (fiasco! calamity! mayhem!); the fantastic details in the illustrations that beg to be pored over; and, of course, the clichéd but no less important message that “to err is human, to forgive divine”. Plus, when we take a step back to assess the situation, things are usually less dire and more repairable than they seem at first. A must-read for all ages.

Even though this book isn’t wordless, it’s also my pick for this month’s #littlelitbookseries theme because the text is minimal and the wonderful illustrations truly spill (pun intended) the whole story from cover to cover.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @sunlitpages ― 

This was the first wordless picture book I truly loved. Aaron (now ten years old) was just a toddler, and I checked Chalk out from the library. We were both immediately captivated: three children find a bag of chalk at the park and proceed to draw pictures that become real. It’s all sunshine and butterflies (literally) until the devious little boy decides to draw a dinosaur... 

Even now, almost a decade later, the illustrations blow me away. They look vividly real, almost like they must be computer generated, but Bill Thomson says he paints each one by hand with acrylic paints and colored pencils. 

Bill Thomson later added two more books to this wordless trilogy, Fossil and The Typewriter, but this one will always be my favorite.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @writesinla — 

This month’s #littlelitbookseriestheme is wordless books. POOL by JiHyeon Lee is one of my favorite wordless picture books, so I was so excited to see this follow up coming out in October!

DOOR also explores discovery and community. In POOL, a child meets another child who shares in a mysterious, imaginative experience. Here, a child connects with a whole group and is immediately accepted into a beautiful, strange, delightful party, rewarded for their noticing and curiosity. Sure to invite readers to open the door to their own imaginative stories and worlds.

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Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

July's theme for #littlelitbookseries was biographies and these are some of the books that we shared on last month’s theme.  You can also search for “biographies” on our Archives page to take a look at the other books that were posted during the month.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @averyandaugustine ― 

We’re sharing biographies for this month’s #littlelitbookseries.

Jacqueline Kennedy wore many hats in her life (as women usually do) as a journalist, photographer, mother, first lady, preservationist and editor. She was known for her intelligence, independent spirit, style and elegance. Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos tell her story with grace and aplomb and exquisite illustrations. Just Being Jackie was published by Balzer + Bray.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @bonjour_mes_amies —

This month's #littlelitbookseries theme is all about biographies. I thought it would be quite fitting to share a story about Kate Sessions, an inspiring woman who was the visionary for landscaping San Diego's beautiful Balboa Park. The Tree Lady is a true story of how a tree-loving woman changed a city forever. And this beloved city which she transformed is my hometown, San Diego. Being a San Diegan, my family and I frequent Balboa Park for doggie walks, museum trips, and family strolls admiring surrounding architecture and horticulture. Did you know prior to the lush gardens and leafy foliage, Balboa Park used to be dry and dessert-like? Kate was a pioneer for women in science and spread her love for gardening and planting trees like wild fire. Until this day, Kate Sessions is known as the Mother of Balboa park. Her work will be respected and enjoyed for generations to come.

Written by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry

 

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @carterhiggins ―

This month, the #littlelitbookseries is featuring biographies. Whose lives do you study? Who do you look up to? Who shows you humanity? Here’s a graphic novel trilogy told from the perspective of heroic Congressman, John Lewis. This man is still at work, still marching, still inspiring, still fighting for justice. May we all follow in this extraordinary leader’s footsteps. Keep on. #goodtrouble

For your older readers. 

Authors: Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin

Illustrator: Nate Powell

Publisher: Top Shelf Comix

 

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @littlebooksbigworld —

This month #littlelitbookseries is sharing “biographies” and goodness, there are so many wonderful books to choose from! BRILLIANT DEEP is a new book from Chronicle Books and is fitting for the month of #plasticfreejuly.

The theme of the story is “it only takes one” to make a change, to make our world better. Ken Nedimyer set out to restore the declining coral population and has succeeded in growing and replanting thousands of coral colonies. He also shares his techniques and is teaching others how to save our beautiful color reefs. #worldchanger

You too, can be a world changer. Help save our oceans and planet by giving up single use plastic (straws, to-go cups, plastic cutlery). It only takes one to make a change!  Click here and swipe left for more of my picture book biography collection or see previous reviews at #lbbwbiography.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @live_read_write ―

Any Doreen Rappaport fans out there? Her name certainly goes hand-in-hand with children’s book biographies. I’m a huge fan of her work and the illustrators her words often meet. Rappaport is the author of nearly 50 titles, many of which are picture book biographies of prominent historical leaders. She is a dynamic storyteller who gingerly blends information and quotes from primary sources with her own words. 

TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS: THE LIFE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT is one of her many masterpieces. I can’t get over the front cover — or the back cover for that matter. (Swipe to see both.) She and illustrator C.F. Payne capture the energy, passion, and charisma of the 26th president of the United States: “Teddy,” the “Rough Rider.” The book’s namesake comes from one of Roosevelt’s speeches: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat...” Words to live by from a man who dared greatly and literally changed the landscape of the U.S. with his national park and monument initiatives. Now, go dare mighty things and check out other stunning biographies by Doreen Rappaport  Some favorites are: LADY LIBERTYMARTIN’S BIG WORDSJACK’S PATH OF COURAGE, and HELEN’S BIG WORLD

 

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @livingbythepagewithnatalie — 

The #littlelitbookseries theme this month is on biographies for kids and so I was thrilled to find this one on E.B. White! Charlotte’s Web remains one of my favorite books to this day. I still recall my second grade teacher reading it aloud and being on the edge of my seat so excited to hear what would happen next. And one of my favorite quotes remains from White: "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." YES. A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider is a good entry level picture book biography for your kids wanting to learn more about E.B. White and if they’ve read his other books, it’s fun to see what inspired his other characters such as Stuart Little. Just goes to show that inspiration is all around. Written by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Lauren Castillo and published by Henry Holt & Co. in 2017.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @ourbookbag ― 

This month’s #littlelitbookseries theme is biographies and I have been meaning to share this gem since it came out.

We are in love with this beautiful and inspiring story of the life of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. From her feelings of rejection from her family to her quest to understand what makes something beautiful, Schiap, as she later called herself, always had the heart of an artist which came through in all that she did. I loved reading about her triumph over feelings of being “brutta”, her collaborations with Surrealist artists and all of the fashion trends she influenced. And of course it was created by one of my favourites duos, Kyo Maclear + Julie Morstad =✨💕 

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Written by Kyo Maclear

Illustrated by Julie Morstad

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Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @sunlitpages ― 

If you’re headed to the pool this week, you can thank Annette Kellermann that you’re not diving in wearing two petticoats, pantaloons, a dress, stockings, and shoes...oh, and a corset too! Born in 1887, she learned to swim at a young age to help strengthen her legs. She loved swimming so much and was one of the first women to attempt to cross the English Channel. She paved the way for many future female swimmers, not only athletically but fashionably as well. 💦

 

Little Lit Book Series: Biographies

From @writesinla — 

Our #littlelitbookseries theme this month is biographies! THE GIRL WHO THOUGHT IN PICTURES by Julia Finley Mosca and Daniel Rieley tells the story of Temple Grandin in rhyme and, fittingly, pictures. “Each person is special—so UNIQUE are our minds. The world needs YOUR ideas. It takes brains of all kinds.” An important and inspiring ode to “different, not less.”

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