MTM: CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS with Lynne Marie
Posted Early for Mentor Text Monday
For many of us, children and adults alike, there are few things that are as wonderful or magical in the world as grandparents. There are many children’s picture books that celebrate this special relationship, so when writing on the topic be sure to find one from an angle that’s new and different and/or familiar and fresh.
Here are a few recent books that do just that.
A GRANDMA’S MAGIC by Charlotte Offsay
Illustrated by Asa Gilland
Doubleday Books, 2022
This sweet book captures the essence of those grandmothers that fill our hearts and memories. As an extra added bonus, it helpfully suggests a frame of mind to help cope when our grandmothers cannot be with us!
It features magical, playful language from Charlotte Offsay and equally magical and sweet illustrations by Asa Gilland. While there are many other books out there, it's easy to see why this one stood above the rest!
AMAH FARAWAY by Margaret Chiu Greanias
Illustrated by Tracy Subisak
This touching story follows a girl on a trip to Taipei to see the Grandmother that she knows mostly from video calls to her home in Los Angeles.
In this story, visiting Amah is the conduit that really connects the main character Kylie to the home of her heritage, which she ultimately opens her heart to.
Not only can many children identify with having Grandparents in far away places that they don't see often, but they get to visit Taipei. Like the previous book, this inspires the child reader -- in this case to be present and open to unfamiliar experiences. It features a unique reverse format and can be read from top to bottom, and bottom to top and have two different tones and meetings.
BELLA'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS by Ana Siqueira
Illustrated by Geraldine Rodriguez
Beaming Books, 2021
While this is surely Bella's story, her solution to her problem (of not succeeding in anything) is inspired by and assisted by her Abuela and their shared love for cooking, especially polverones.
This book features a universal problem, but weaves in hispanic culture and baking, and a tasty recipe at the end.
Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten -- art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School -- art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling / Scholastic 2019), Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World -- art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019), The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project AND The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project Coloring Book -- art by Wendy Fedan (Mac and Cheese Press 2022), The Palace Rat -- art by Eva Santana (Yeehoo Press, 2023), and more forthcoming...
She’s also the Owner and Administrator of both RateYourStory.org (2023 Membership opens 11/1/22) www.rateyourstory.org/become-a-member) and ThePictureBookMechanic.com, as well as a long-time Travel Agent with PixieVacations.com (www.pixievacationsbylynnemarie.com)! She's been a Cybil's Judge in the Fiction Picture Books and Board Books category since 2016. Recently, she's been handed the ReFoReMo torch from Kirsti Call and Carrie Charley Brown, which is now March On With Mentor Texts (www.rateyourstory.org/march-on). You can join her weekly Tinker and Talk Book Chat here: Tinker and Talk Book Chat by The Picture Book Mechanic | Facebook. When she’s not searching for stories around the globe, she lives in the heart of Florida with her Schipperke named Anakin. Visit her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com. Lynne Marie is represented by Marisa Cleveland of www.theseymouragency.com