Title: We Are Family (2017)
Author: Patricia Hegarty
Illustrated By: Ryan Wheatcroft
Publisher: Tiger Tales
We Are Family is our first book featured on Family Fridays! This book is awesome!!! It shows families of different races, ethnicities and cultures. Big families, little families, young families, and older families. Families with one parent, two parents, families with two moms, and families with two dads. Families of different abilities. This book covers it all. Follow different families throughout their day from the early morning rush until they settle in for the night! Some families walk, ride, or drive everywhere they go. Families have fun with one another in different ways. Some relax in the peace and quiet of nature while some get their thrills on a roller coaster ride! But one thing that all families have in common is unconditional love and support! The illustrations in this book are so soft, warm, and inviting! There is so much detail and the beautiful colors used throughout compliment the book so well! I love how you get a snapshot of each family as if you were flipping through a photo album!
¤My favorite line in this book:
“Our journeys are different, by bus, bike, or car, But family is with us, wherever we are.”
¤3 other books by Patricia Hegarty:
▪Bear’s Truck is Stuck (2015)
▪Above and Below (2016)
▪Everybody’s Welcome (2017)
¤Ryan Wheatcroft also illustrated:
▪Camels Close Their Noses (2015)
Title: Each Peach Pear Plum (1978)
Author: Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Originally Published by: Kestrel
Current Publisher: Peguin Young Reader
Each Peach Pear Plum is our first Classic Children’s book feature for Throwback Thursday! A classic I Spy book! Children will enjoy looking for their favorite nursery rhyme characters such as, Mother Hubbard, Jack and Jill, the Three Bears, etc… Young children will have fun searching through the beautifully illustrated pictures and enjoy the details on every page! Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless childhood classic that is still fun to read with children today!
About the Authors: Janet (Oct. 21, 1944-Nov. 15, 1994) and Allan Ahlberg (June 5, 1938) were a dynamic husband and wife writer/illustrator team in Britain. Allan writing and Janet illustrating. They published over 100 children’s books between the two of them, many authored together, their first book was published in 1976!
Awards for Each Peach Pear Plum:
▪Kate Greenaway Medal (1978)
🌟 The Kate Greenway Medal is an annual British literary award for distinguished illustration in a children’s book.
3 other books by Janet & Allan Ahlberg:
▪Funny Bones (1980)
▪The Jolly Postman (1986)
▪Starting School (1988)
Title: Whoever You Are (1997)
Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Leslie Staub
Publisher: Voyager Books
Our first Worldly Wednesday book feature is Whoever You Are. The perfect book to express what Wordly Wednesdays are all about! This book shows children that there is a great big world out there! And in this world there are many, many peope who are different from them, and that is what makes this world so special! Whoever You Are teaches children that just because someone may look different than you, live somewhere different, dress differently, eat different foods that we are all the same inside. All children smile, laugh, hurt, and cry at times. What we share on the inside is way more important that outward appearances. We must teach this to all children to rid the world of all the -ism’s we are faced with everyday. Young children do not see color, race, religion, culture as factors unless they have been taught and conditioned to do so. When a young child goes to the playground they are just looking for another child to play with regardless of any differences. This is the innocence of childhood that we must preserve. If we begin early when children are young they will better understand that we are all one people, and no one person is better than another! We must teach children to be respectful, accepting and understanding of the world and people around them. Teach them to look for the similarities among us rather than what sets us apart. It is time to change the world and it begins with children.
Favorite line in this book: “Joys are the same, and love is the same.”
3 other books by Mem Fox:
▪Harriet You’ll Drive Me Wild (2000)
▪A Particular Cow (2006)
▪Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (2008)
Leslie Staub also illustrated:
▪Bless this House (2000)