I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!)

By Rachel Isadora ( Nancy Paulsen Books – 2016 )                Children explore their five senses, learning what they can see, smell, hear, touch and taste. Simple texts and adorable illustrations can help children to understand how their five senses work.

子ども達が、見る、嗅ぐ、聞く、触る、味わうの自分に備わった五感を探索してゆく。 簡単明瞭なテキストと愛らしいイラストは、子ども達が自分の五感の働きを理解するのに、大いなる助けとなる。

The Invisible Leash

By Patrice Karst, Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Little, Brown and Company – 2019)

“When our pets aren’t with us anymore, an Invisible Leash connects our hearts to each other. FOREVER.” That’s what Zack’s friend Emily tells him after his dog Jojo dies. Zack doesn’t believe it. He only believes in what he can see. But on an enlightening journey through their neighborhood – and through his grief- he comes feel the comforting tug of the Invisible Leash. And it feels like Love.


Red Again

By Barbara Lehman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – 2017)                                                  In this red book without any text , a child finds a mysterious red book. And inside that book, there is another child, who finds another red book-and an adventure! These magical red books can connect lonely islands with faraway cities, and they can connect the hearts of new friends who didn’t know that they had been waiting to discover a way to each other. >>>This is the companion to “The Red Book” by Barbara Lehman.
IMG_2561                                                                                         文字のないこの赤い本は、一人の子が不思議な赤い本を拾った。その本の中には知らない子が別の赤い本を拾って、お互いの子どもを赤い本が引き付けてゆく。街と遠い島が繋がり、見知らぬ子同士が赤い本によって知り合いになってゆく。>>>同じ作者による”The Red Book“につながっていく内容である。

What If Everybody Thought that?

By Ellen Javernick, Illustrated by Colleen Madden(Two Lions – 2019)         If you see someone in a wheelchair, you might think he or she couldn’t compete in a race. But…you might be wrong. What about if you see a child with no hair? Do you think that she is embarrassed all the time? As presending several different cases, this book explores the preconceived notions we have about the world and encourages kids to be more thoghtul. >>>This is the companion book to “What If Everybody Did That?” and “What If Everybody Said That?” by the same author and illustrator.


もしも車いすの人を見かけたら、その人は競争に勝てないと思うかもしれない。しかし、、、それは間違っていることもある。髪の毛のない子を見かけたら、彼女がいつもそのことを恥じているだろうか?様々な場面を語りながら、私たちの持つ先入観を取り上げて、子ども達に深く考えることを促している。>>>同じ作者とイラストレーターによる姉妹本、”What If Everybody Did That?”と “What If Everybody Said That?” もある。

Infinity and Me

By Gabi Swiatkowska, Illustrated by Kate Hosford (Carolrhoda Books – 2012)

Uma can’t help feeling small when she peers up at the night sky. She begins to wonder about infinity. Is infinity a number that grows forever? Is it an endless racetrack? Could infinity be in an ice cream cone? Uma soon finds that the ways to think about this big idea may just be…..infinity. And then, Uma captures the personal side of infinity. It’s her Grandma’s love.>>>In the author’s note, she asks readers to find different definition of your infinity.



By Susan Lendroth, Illustrated by Priscilla Burris (G.P. Putnam’s Sons – 2018)

The festival of traditional Japanese arts is coming up, and little Natsumi’s big personality is too much for her family’s quieter traditions, until her grandfather introduces her to taiko drumming. Natsumi performs taiko beating on the stage of the festival! Even Natsumi is the smallest on the stage, she will be the loudest drummer one day.



The little bit SCARY people

By Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger (Hyperion Books for Children – 2008)

A girl sees some people who are just a little bit scary on the road and in her school. But she imagines their positive side; what they like for breakfast, how they treat their pets, and how they sing along to show turns. Even her family members are sometimes scary. Scary people are not always scary.>>> This is a good book to discuss about scariness with children.



Words are not for Hurting

By Elizabeth Verdick, Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen (Free Spirit Publishing-2004)  This is one of Best Behavior series. (see the full series at freespirit.com)      This engaging book uses age-appropriate vocabulary and delightful illustrations to teach children that their words belong to them: they can think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. ”Activities and discussion Starters” pages are found on the end.


この絵本はBest Behaviosrシリーズの中の一冊である。(すべてのシリーズはfreespirit.com ) 実用を目的としたこの絵本は、年相応の単語を使って明るく解りやすいイラストで、子ども達に言葉は自分のものであることを教えている。つまり、言葉を発する前に考え、そしてどんな言葉をどのような表現で選ぶのかを促している。巻末には、子ども達と話し合う指導案もついている。

When Sophie Thinks She Can’t…

By Molly Bang (The Blue Sky Press – 2018)

Sophie is frustrating to put together a puzzle at home on a ranny day, and she feels she is not smart when she can’t solve a math problem at school. Her school friends feel the same way. But their teacher gives them some simple tools, including the most important word. They all try harder-together , until…”We did it!”>>>The same author of “When Sophie’s feelings are really, really hurt“.


雨の日にSophie は家でパズルが出来ずにフラストレーションを抱き、学校では数学の問題が解けずに自分はスマートではないと感じた。他の仲間も問題が解けずに、同じように感じていた。そこで学校の教師がヒントを与え、大事な言葉も教えてくれた。皆でさらに努力をして、、、ついにやり遂げた!>>>”When Sophie’s feelings are really, really hurt“と同じ作者兼イラストレーター。

The Word Collector

By Peter H. Reynolds (Orchard Books -2018 )                                                           Just like as a stamp collector, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him. He starts to collect the words; short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multi-syllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.>>>The same author of Sky Color, Rose Garden, and Going Places.


切手収集家のように、Jeromeは自分の身の回りにある単語の魅力に取り付かれた。彼は単語を収集し始めた。短い単語、素敵な単語、二音節の単語、そして多音節語は身近な歌のようだ。単語が繋がり、意味をなし、そして力強いメッセージにもなる。>>>この作者の他の作品は、Sky Color, Rose Garden, and Going Places.