Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book on her blog on Fridays. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and, mainly, just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed is a link to information about that book. It is very handy.
Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children 2009
Themes: Differences, Peer Pressure, Acceptance
Opening Lines: “There is so much to learn about the fascinating little creatures known as naked mole rats. But, for this story, you only need to know three things:
1. They are a little bit rat. 2. They are a little bit mole. 3. They are all naked…”
Brief Synopsis: Unlike other naked mole rats, Wilbur likes to get dressed. But Grand-pah, the oldest, wisest, and most naked Naked Mole Rat ever, finds out. Everyone shows up for Grand-pah’s “proclamation”. What will happen? (And even more important…What, if anything, should Wilbur wear?…this really isn’t the most important part, but I couldn’t resist.)
Resources: I was afraid that I couldn’t find any resources for anything naked…but HERE is a wonderful Activity Guide from The Pigeon 🙂 And another equally wonderful guide from Junior Library Guild, HERE.
Why I Like This Book: Early on kids have to deal with times when they feel they are different or don’t fit in. Wilbur is obviously very different. Mo Willems doesn’t sugarcoat the reactions of the other mole rats. They make fun of Wilbur. They are sarcastic to Wilbur. And they tattle on Wilbur. Kids will relate! There is plenty of humor as Wilbur shows his courage and remains true to himself. Naked mole rats are far from furry, cuddly, little guys, but Mo Willems’s artist talent made me want to go to the nearest naked mole rat store and bring Wilbur home. I could go on and on…. But, for this book, you only need to know three things:
1. You need to read it. 2. You will want to read it again and again. 3. You will all love it.