Open This Little Book – written by Jesse Klausmeier and illustrated by Suzy Lee
Goodreads Summary: What will you find when you open this little book? A fun story? Sweet characters? Enticing pictures? Yes! But much more. Open this book and you will find…another book…and another…and another. Debut author Jesse Klausmeier and master book creator Suzy Lee have combined their creative visions to craft a seemingly simple book about colors for the very youngest readers, an imaginative exploration of the art of book making for more sophisticated aficionados, and a charming story of friendship and the power of books for all.
I do a lesson with my 3rd grade students on the Caldecott award. We take the first few months of the school year looking at as many new picture books as possible. (It’s not as long as it sounds since I only see the students once every ten school days.) This book is one I will use this next school year as part of the lesson. (They have to review books to determine if they qualify for the award and then evaluate the illustrations to determine if they are worthy of the award.) It’s a great resource for discussing different types of illustrations.
Outside of using this book for teaching purposes, I think it’s just an adorable book for young readers. It’s great for teaching about colors and size. And as the Goodreads summary says, it would also be a good resource for a lesson on the art of book making.
I certainly recommend this book for kids and adults, alike. (After all, you are never too old to enjoy a picture book.)