I have never been one to buy "holiday" books. I would rather spend money on books that kids will enjoy all year round so the book has to be REALLY good to connect to a holiday. But my love of Google Doodles is changing my attitude about that a bit. I love waking up in the morning and seeing a Google Doodle connected to the date. It is always a great way to start the day and to learn a bit and think a bit about it.
Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen is going to be the perfect read aloud for our morning meeting time on Picture Day. It is a great story of a boy working hard on a perfect school picture. The book captures Picture Day perfectly--in the way that kids have to go through a regular school day yet still look perfect for the school photo, which could be at 3p.m. It is a great story and a big selling point for me was that it is illustrated by Dan Santat, who has become one of my favorites. My kids loved CARNIVORES and this is the perfect book to add to what they know and love about Santat as an illustrator.
I bought this book because it seemed like a fun way to start the day on Picture Day this year. But it is also a great story with a great character. It will no doubt make a good read aloud. The illustrations will engage readers immediately and it is a perfect picture book for independent reading time.
Here is a very fun book trailer (thanks to Colby Sharp for finding this one!)