Blast from the Past ~ The Dot – Peter H. Reynolds

Couldn’t help but revisit my very favorite Peter H. Reynolds book this month…

The Dot is perhaps my favorite picture book of all time.  The Dot introduces us to Vashti a little girl who is not very eager about art class.  Her art teacher encourages her to “make her mark”.  With gentle guidance from her teacher, Vashti’s natural abilities as an artist as well as a teacher develop.  Ultimately, the simple text and accessible pictures pull the reader into Vashti’s story. The profound impact of the words and actions of a teacher are highlighted and the power of enthusiasm and encouragement are reinforced.

The Dot Book Cover The Dot
Peter Reynolds
Juvenile Fiction
Candlewick Press

Little Happy Dreamer – Peter H. Reynolds

The power and the promise found in dreaming is celebrated in Little Happy Dreamer.  This book would be wonderful to share with little ones, but it could also be easily used as a read aloud with older students.  Beautiful illustrations and an encouraging message for all readers make this one a winner.

Little Happy Dreamer Book Cover Little Happy Dreamer
Peter H. Reynolds
Juvenile Fiction
Cartwheel Books

I’m Here – Peter H. Reynolds

I’m Here is a little book with a big message about empathy and acceptance.  It is a quiet book of depth.  It would be a great resource to use in the classroom or at home to start a discussion about reaching out to others.

I'm Here Book Cover I'm Here
Peter H. Reynolds
Juvenile Fiction
Simon and Schuster
August 14, 2012

Our Table – Peter H. Reynolds

This month I will be featuring books from one of my favorite authors – Peter H. Reynolds.  I have shared many of his books in previous posts and have some new ones to share.  The first is Our Table.  The reader is given a glimpse of what results when one is tethered to a screen.  It also shares the connection that is possible when a family shares meal together.  This important message is beautifully presented.

Our Table (PB) Book Cover Our Table (PB)
Peter H. Reynolds
Juvenile Fiction
Orchard Books
May 5, 2022