Curious Creatures, Wild Minds
Here are some curious questions "is my dog happy?" "is my cat thinking ...? " "is my goldfish smiling?". Our wild minds relate our own emotions to the curious creatures in our world and here is the perfect book to use as a springboard for this idea. In fact the very first word in the book is 'curious'.
Publisher blurb from Lemniscaat: The fish stand out in vibrant colors, showing a spectrum of emotions - from happy to sad, from angry to surprise - for the youngest book lovers to discover.
Clear, strong lines and radiant colors that seem to smile at the reader characterize Mies van Hout's drawings. In Happy, Mies shows all the emotions a young child encounters. Each double page spread is devoted to one fish, showing a particular emotion with its name in lettering that expresses the same feeling. Swim into Happy where the dazzling fish sparkle against the dark background and let the images spark laughter and empathy.
In every school library where there are Book Week celebrations Teacher-Librarians work hard to make displays that explore the slogan. Happy by Mes van Hout might inspire your creativity.
Happy was originally published in Dutch under the title Vrolijk. It is a great book to use to explore emotions but I think it also neatly links with the 2020 CBCA slogan. You can see the whole book here. This is a book you could use in so many ways with children from all grades in a Primary school K-6. Here is some art from this book:
Can you guess the emotion for this page?
Here are two other titles by Mies van Hout:
This is my third post with ideas to explore the 2020 CBCA slogan:
1. The Curious Giraffe