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Thursday, May 15, 2014

10 Picture Book Tearjerkers

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I just read an amazing picture book, but man was it a tearjerker!  I seriously bawled like a baby while reading it.  And later I thought about how so many amazing picture books do make me cry.  Something about huge emotion put so simply is beautiful.

The book I read was "Everybody Can Help Somebody," the picture book version of "Same Kind of Different as Me."  
Everybody Can Help Somebody - picture book version of Same Kind of Differest as Me #tearjerker

I mentioned something about it on Twitter, and then we had a pretty good little chat going about those books that are just so stinkin' good you can't help but cry!  So, here are a few that were mentioned!




The Wall by Eve Bunting #tearjerker #Vietnam #veteran

The Wall



A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting #tearjerker #picturebook #homelessness





Fly Away Home

This is about a homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father. They move from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, He is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom.





Love You Forever by Robert Munsch #picturebook #tearjerker

Love You Forever

Holding her new baby, the mama sings...
"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."
So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies.


The Scar - picture book about #grief . #tearjerker #picturebook

The Scar


When the boy in this story wakes to find that his mother has died, he is overcome with the fear that he will forget her. He shuts all the windows to keep her familiar smell and scratches open his cut knee to remember her voice. He doesn't know how to talk to his dad anymore, and when Grandma visits and opens all the windows, it's more than the boy can take--until his grandmother shows him another way to feel that his mom's love is near. The author approaches real, hard emotions that come with grief. 


Scrawny Cat #picturebook #tearjerker

Scrawny Cat 


The scrawny cat used to belong to someone. Someone loved him and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is "get out of here!" But even a scrawny cat can find a kindred spirit. 




Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado #tearjerker #picturebook #dads #fathers

Just In Case You Ever Wonder


Just In Case You Ever Wonder tells of a father's love for his child.  It illustrates perfectly that a father's love does not end.


Thank you, Mr. Falker #tearjerker #picturebook #illiterate #literacy #teachers






Thank You, Mr. Falker


When Trisha starts school, she can't wait to learn how to read, but it is so confusing. Then, in fifth grade, Mr. Falker changes everything. He sees the spark inside her and helps her to see it too.

Library Lion #tearjerker #picturebook #library #rules




Library Lion

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, has lots of rules. There aren't any rules about lions in the library...but one day, a lion shows up! And, as it turns out, this lion is very well behaved. He walks quietly and he never roars while he's there. When things go wrong, the lion takes care of it in the only way he can.  


Miss Fannie's Hat by Jan Karon #tearjerker #picturebook #giving

Miss Fannie's Hat


When Miss Fannie's preacher asks her to donate one of her precious hats to the church auction, choosing which one to part with is no small task. Miss Fannie is ninety-nine years old and she loves them all, but her favorite is the pink straw hat with silk roses.  This story is all about unselfish love and it will absolutely touch your heart.



Thanks to Mr. Schu, Colby Sharp, Danielle Smith, and Ame Dyckman for all of the amazing recommendations!




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