By Ruth Spiro
Good books begin with a point of connection for the child – a character with a problem or situation they can relate to. Great books begin with that point of connection and then widen the lens. They continue to build, adding layers and exploring what the story is really about.
The character’s problem can be seemingly tiny, because very small problems can feel big to a child. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that the problem, and the way the character deals with it, represents something deeper, such as a universal emotion or developmental milestone. These picture books deftly manage to explore a deeper point of connection within the confines of a satisfying story.
ALLIE ALL ALONG by Sarah Lynne Reul
DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR by Sharee Miller
THE DRESS AND THE GIRL by Camille Andros, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Ruth is offering a signed copy of her book, Made by Maxine, to one lucky winner. To be eligible for prizes throughout the challenge, you must be registered by March 4, comment on each post, consistently read mentor texts, and enter the Rafflecopter drawing at the conclusion of ReFoReMo.
Ruth Spiro is the author of the Baby Loves Science board book series, published by Charlesbridge. There are currently eight titles including Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering and Baby Loves Green Energy, with two new books coming in October. Her new picture book series begins with Made by Maxine, published by Dial. Ruth is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences, and recent presentations include the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Sheboygan Children’s Literature Festival, Maker Faire Milwaukee and the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Book Festival. She lives in suburban Chicago. www.RuthSpiro.com