All of today’s picture books are current nominees for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
Recipient of the Robert F. Sibert Medal
This fascinating book is about the life of Tony Sarg. Tony was the original creator and puppeteer for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The book discusses how Tony created the giant floating balloons from the idea of his marionettes which he loved. Tony’s life from childhood is an intriguing story about a genius man. Balloons Over Broadway is such a fun read because of the lovely illustrations by Melissa Sweet. The art consists of watercolors and mixed media collages. I recommend this book for children 3rd grade and up.
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
Coral Reefs is a non-fiction book that discusses different aspects of coral reefs. Some of the topics covered in this book are how coral reefs grow, the many species that live among the coral reefs, the food chain of coral reef animals, plus many, many more interesting facts about coral reefs. This book does contain a lot of good information, but unless your child is an ocean/ aquatic life enthusiast they may find it a bit slow going. I recommend this book to 4th grade readers and above unless your reader is just an avid reader of all things ocean.
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits
It is Kyle’s first day to ride the school bus and his big brother, James, gave him 10 rules to follow in order to survive. But the rules are a lot harder to follow than Kyle had imagined. Will he survive the bus ride, fall victim to the bus, or learn that maybe things on the bus are not so bad after all? This hilarious picture book is one to keep readers laughing, especially, if they are familiar with life on a school bus. Follow Kyle and his list of rules on their first bus ride together for a good laugh and an enjoyable read. I recommend this book for 2nd grade readers and up.