Extra Yarn: Mac Barnett

 

Extra Yarn

Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Year: 2011
Brief Summary: When Annabelle finds a box filled with yarn of every color, she starts knitting for herself, her dog, and everyone and everything in town.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children”s Literature, 2012′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Picture Book’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2013′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ”
Amazon Editors’ Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2012
Booklist Book Review Stars , Dec. 15, 2011 ; American Library Association
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Top of the List, 2012 ; American Library Association
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2012 ; American Library Association
Booklist Top 10 Craft and Gardening Books for Youth, 2012 ; American Library Association
Choices, 2013 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
First and Best, 2012 ; Toronto Public Library
Horn Book Fanfare, 2012 ; Horn Book
Kirkus Best Children’s Books, 2012
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, October 31, 2011 ; Cahners
School Library Journal Best Books, 2012
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, December 2011 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Why did Annabelle’s friends tease her when she showed them her work?  Talk about bullying and how this might have made her feel.
  • Art: find easy yarn projects for students to make/what other beautiful things can we make with yarn?  e.g. yarn “paintings” (draw design with white glue, then paste the yarn on it), etc.
  • Annabelle uses her creations to help others feel good and beautify her neighborhood.  What are some ways we can do the same?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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