June 2017 Issue

Check it Out: The Crown on Your Head

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The Crown on Your Head bookcoverby Nancy Tillman

Recommended by: MaryAlice Brennan, library media specialist, Oswego Middle School, Oswego Classroom Teachers Association

Recommended for: Pre-K through grade 4

Why I chose this book: This lyrical picture book conveys the message that all children (and, for that matter, all people) have intrinsic value, as well as an opportunity to make their own unique contributions to the world. Fanciful watercolors illustrate a shimmery crown that adorns each child's head, representing their potential to shine and soar. "Whatever it is you choose to do, no one can do it exactly like you" reassures readers that they have promise.

What I like best: Children need to feel that they are loved, and this story reinforces that message. In this illustrated story, each child is born with a beautiful crown that grows and stays with them, no matter where life leads. Tillman's magical illustrations are digitally layered, and, combined with poetry, convey the message that every individual has worth and magnificence.

How teachers can use this book: This story would be a perfect companion piece to Dr. Seuss' Oh, The Places You'll Go. Teachers could use this as a way for students to share information about their hobbies, interests and passions, and also as a way to affirm and encourage their students' individuality.

About the author: For many of her books, Nancy Tillman creates digital illustrations, using layers of illustrative elements that are then merged to form a composite. Texture and mixed media are applied next. Five of her books have been New York Times bestsellers. She previously worked in advertising and creating greeting cards. For more information, visit www.nancytillman.com.

"Check it Out" features books recommended to teachers and parents by school librarians and other educators. Have a recommendation? Send suggestions, along with your name and local union, to lfrenett@nysutmail.org.

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