A River by Marc Martin

Hardcover, 44 pages
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

With evocative and vivid art, Marc Martin’s A River straddles the fence between fiction and nonfiction. Educators will find they can use this picturebook to teach their young students lessons about the environment and how rivers affect changes in the landscape. The art will keep children immersed in the story while questions about the perspectives will keep them engaged.

Here are some samples of the art:

I also recommend this for use in art classes. There are many ways the art can be deconstructed and taught. I had a lot of fun reading this picturebook though admittedly I liked it more for the art than the prose which is dryer than I generally expect in a picturebook.

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle and Becca Stadtlander

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle and Becca Stadtlander

Hardcover, 36 pages Published August 2nd 2016 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books Sleep Tight Farm is an informational picturebook that illustrates the steps a farmer along with his family takes to prepare the farm for frost and colder winter weather. I honestly didn’t know how much work was involved in preparing a farm for […]

First Snow by Bomi Park and Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold and Renata Liwska

First Snow by Bomi Park and Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold and Renata Liwska

Hardcover, 40 pages Published September 6th 2016 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books First Snow is the debut work of Bomi Park, a South Korean writer and artist. It features a tiny little girl waking up the sound of snow falling and sneaking out of the house to go out and play. As an adult […]

Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak with illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak with illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Hardcover, 64 pages Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books Other-Wordly is a slim volume which collects words, not necessarily in English, that explain or capture something elusive and something beautiful. These words are accompanied by exquisite illustrations from Kelsey Garrity-Riley that serve to depict the meaning of the word in […]

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Hardcover, 44 pages Expected publication: August 30th 2016 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw a Cat inexplicably reminds me of Jon Klassen’s Hat series. Perhaps because it too has an animal going on some sort of journey…is that an exaggeration? Okay, never mind. Rewind. I absolutely LOVED this picturebook because […]

Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp

Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp

Hardcover, 40 pages Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books This book is so cute.  Seriously. Mamasaurus, in the same vein as Jon Klassen’s Hat books, features a little Babysaurus on a journey to find someone important to him. He asks many different kinds of animals but none of them seem to have […]