The Red Book

Author: Barbara Lehman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 

Publication Date: 2004

Genre: Wordless Picture Book

Audience: Gr. K-3

Awards: 2005 Caldecott Honor Book

Overview: Wordless picture book about a little girl who finds a red book in the snow on her way to school. She puts the book in her book bag, staring at it and wanting to open it.  She picks it up and opens it to find a map of an island.  On the island is a boy who is reading a red book!  His book has a picture of the city and of a girl reading the same book. When school is over, the little girl rushes out for a great adventure.  What adventure does she have when she leaves school?  Open your own red book to see!  Illustrations are done in watercolor, gouache and ink.  There is much  detail in the background scenes.

Activity: Have students make their own picture book that tells a story.

Reviewer's Name: Paula Pavon