By Janie Reinart
Just like brightly colored birds, these picture books inspired me, touched my heart, and stopped me in my tracks. This list helped me wonder at the simplicity of the universal themes they sing. These stories will nest in your hearts.
LOVE, MAMA by Jeanette Bradley
THE DAY I BECAME A BIRD by Ingrid Chabbert
MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Suzanne Del Rizzo
EVERY DAY BIRDS by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
The theme of this book is the wonder of nature. My connection--I share in the delight of the birds that come to my feeders with my grandchildren.
BIRD, BALLOON, BEAR by Il Sung Na
This sweet story tells of the courage it takes to build a friendship. My connection--being shy and meeting new people.
Which mentor texts have you found helpful for relaying universal theme?
Janie is giving away a signed copy of Twilight Chant. To be eligible for prizes throughout the challenge, you must comment on each post, be registered, and consistently read picture books throughout the challenge.
Janie Reinart has worn many hats--educator, author, theater major, professional puppeteer, interactive musical storyteller, and a poet's beret in an inner city school helping children find their voice. She lives in Ohio with her husband. She's always up for a game, a song, or dress-up. Just ask her fifteen grandchildren.