I chose the Everybody N shelf - picture books by authors/illustrators whose last names start with N. Here are some of the fabulous books I found! NOTE: These obviously are not all of the books on my N shelf, but these are a few of my favorites that I had the pleasure of re-reading for the Shelf Challenge. Enjoy!
I had the good fortune to meet Ms. Jerdine Nolen at the Spring Festival of Children's Literature at Frostburg State University several years ago, and then hosted her at my school. She is a wonderful speaker and lives in the Baltimore-DC Metro area - definitely try to book her to visit your school. One of my favorite books of hers is Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm. It's a silly story of a farmer who grows balloons. Yes, you read that right - BALLOONS! Scary balloons, animal balloons, monster balloons, silly balloons... you name it, he grows it. One night, the narrator (a young girl of ten or so) discovers the secret to how Harvey grows those balloons - you won't believe it, for "Harvey Potter [is] a very strange fellow indeed."
by Jerdine Nolen
Mortimer Henryson has an unusual attachment to a plant.... it all started as a 3rd grade science experiement, but Mortimer grew to love Plantzilla so much that he asked to take him home. It wasn't long before Plantzilla flourished under Mortimer's careful pruning and feeding. But when the family dog disappears, will Mortimer have to send Plantzilla back to school Read it to find out! Told completely through a series of letters, Plantzilla is a treat. And if you enjoy it, check out the sequel Plantzilla Goes to Camp.
A perennial favorite of the students', this story of a mouse getting a cookie and asking for a glass of milk has spawned a collection of similar stories with lovable characters. Though I'm only showing this one, I also have If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Pig a Party, If You Take a Mouse to School, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and If You Give a Dog a Donut. These books delight young readers year after year and they hardly ever can be found on my shelf!
Hewitt Anderson is an amazing and talented person - though he's very, very small compared to his family. Born into a family of giants, Hewitt constantly struggles with the day-to-day life of being a normal sized person in a giant-sized world. Not only is it a terrific read aloud, but this book is beautiful. Though Jerdine Nolen is one of my favorite authors, it's Kadir Nelson's illustrations that really make this book sing. Kids will adore the visual jokes of Hewitt's size, while adults will appreciate the message of accepting everyone for who they are, regardless of their size.