Summer continues and so do the great book selections from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! Amanda Urabe, with the Imagination Library of Waco, has written reviews for a couple of the books that will be arriving in mailboxes this August.
by Micha Archer
Two children take a “wonder walk” in this gem of a book. Even though the text is sparse, the ideas are big. The author implores readers to use their imaginations by asking thought-provoking questions about our world. A Caldecott Honor Book with illustrations made in inks and collage, every page is stunning.
“Is the wind the world breathing?”
Encourage your young reader to ask questions as you leaf through the pages. Explore your own neighborhood by going on a “wonder walk” together!
Archer, a former kindergarten teacher, also wrote and illustrated the Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Daniel Finds a Poem and it’s follow-up Daniel’s Good Day.
Little Poems for Tiny Ears
by Lin Oliver and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
In this adorable collection of poetry, Oliver explores developmental milestones of babies and toddlers. From discovering toes to playing peekaboo, young children will easily relate to these sweet poems.
“To my surprise
They hide their eyes
Then, poof, they go away.”
A great introduction to poetry, rhyme helps teach important early literacy skills like fluency and phonemic awareness. Rhyme also makes reading fun and engaging by preparing readers to anticipate the rhyming word.
Lin Oliver often writes comedic books for children including the series Hank Zipzer: World’s Best Under-Achiever which she co-wrote with Henry Wrinkler. Tomie dePaola was a beloved picture book author and illustrator who created more than 260 children’s books. Mostly known for writing folktales, his most well-known story is Strega Nona.
Amanda Urabe has written book reviews for publishing houses such as Simon & Schuster and narrated a reading app for children. Alongside her husband and their two sons, she re-located to Waco three years ago from Los Angeles. Then known as L.A. Book Mom, she maintained a blog and hosted story time at local businesses and farmers markets to promote the joy of reading in her community. With a degree in Education and a passion for literacy, she is thrilled to be working with Imagination Library of Waco.