Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 20 Books of 2014 (#20-16)

After a year hiatus, the Jonker-Schu Best Books list is back. Over the next four days, Travis and I will share our top 20 picks of 2014. 

Please visit 100 Scope Notes to read our blurbs.

20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 | 5-1

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato | Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillian)

I premiered the book trailer for Little Elliot, Big City during the Little Elliot trifecta. 

Download the Little Elliot, Big City activity kit. 

Isn't this excellent news? 

Read about how Mike Curato created this display for Books of Wonder

I donated Little Elliot, Big City to a Little Free Library on Friendship Day

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers | Philomel (Penguin)

Meet Oliver Jeffers, picture book maker!

Take a look inside Once Upon an Alphabet.

Learn how to draw with Oliver Jeffers. 

Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy | DMS/Roaring Brook (Macmillan)

Katherine Roy participated in a Sharp-Schu trifecta on October 2. 

Katherine compiled many helpful resources on her website. 

This video was a big hit with all of my Mock Caldecott groups.

School Library Journal interviewed Katherine Roy about Neighborhood Sharks.

The Right Word by Jen Bryant; illustrated by Melissa Sweet | Eerdmans

Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet participated in a Sharp-Schu trifecta on September 16.

Download a discussion guide for The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.

Melissa Sweet talks about the influence of libraries. 

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman | Henry Holt (Macmillian)

Travis Jonker reviewed Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny on October 6.

"Classroom Connections with John Himmelman, Part 1" 

20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 | 5-1