The top 10 finalists for The 2015 Best in Rhyme Award have been announced! The committee and I are thrilled to share reviews of each of these
wonderful rhyming picture books!
Please support these authors and illustrators by
purchasing their books this holiday season!
The Top 10 RPB finalists for The 2015 Best in Rhyme Award
These reviews are done by the Best in Rhyme Committee in no particular order. The winner and honor books will be named on December 4th in NYC in a live-streaming announcement from Julie Gribble’s KidLitTV Studio. We are so appreciative of Julie’s support of our event!
Thank you Julie!
the 2015 Best in Rhyme Award
top 10 book reviews!
Watch for more reviews all month!
Sharing the Bread
By Author Pat Zietlow Miller
and Illustrator Jill McElmurray
As Thanksgiving is approaching, I felt it only proper to begin our Best in Rhyme Top 10 book reviews with Pat Zietlow Miller’s SHARING THE BREAD: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story.
This story reminds me of a song we sang in elementary school that brings back fond memories…”Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go…”
Every time I hear that song, it warms my heart, remembering visits to my own grandmother’s house during the holidays. Cousins. Pumpkin Pie. Potato peeling. Aprons. The silly looking turkey baster. Hot cider. Candles. The kid’s table. FOOD! Football. Nap.
This is my favorite spread…you feel the chaotic excitement!
Now, when I think of Thanksgiving I will think of this special book! Pat has a way of writing heartwarming stories that bring a smile to your face while reading them. This Thanksgiving story about an early American family’s celebration is not that different from the way we celebrate today.
Everyone helps prepare for dinner!
Minus the wood stove, most families carry on traditions each year with their loved ones. A hurried chaos in the kitchen leads to a quiet calm of prayers and eating. Children running underfoot are bibbed and settled into high chairs next to aunts, uncles and grandparents who relish their time spent together.
This sweet dog hopes some turkey falls on the floor.
Pat’s rhythmic verses coupled with repetitive phrases make this wonderful rhyming picture book a joy to read aloud. The Illustrations by Jill McElmurray add another gorgeous layer of heart! The warmth and details of the illustrations will keep adults and children searching for all the happenings of the celebration.
Even the pets like Thanksgiving dinner!
I urge you to find SHARING THE BREAD: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story
to read to your little Pilgrims this Thanksgiving!
Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)
Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine.
Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night.
Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. She doesn’t watch much TV, but she does love “Glee” and “Chopped.” Pat lives in Madison, Wisconsin.