Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
Purchased with grant funding for my library
Hische, a lettering artist, has all her talents on display in this graphically stunning picture book. Tomorrow I'll Be Brave is a little bit more of a mantra than a story, and, while it was a little flat reading out loud to a large group of kids (and sometimes the text is a challenge to read), I can definitely see it being ideal as part of a cozy bedtime. Since becoming an elementary school librarian, I am always reading a book, picture books especially, with eye for incorporating it into a lesson. Tomorrow I'll Be Brave is a great tool for teaching positive character traits (and vocabulary) to young children. A rabbit is the star of this book, along with a cat friend. Together, with simple rhymes, they show all the things the rabbit promises to do tomorrow as this bedtime story unfolds. "Tomorrow I'll be smart," is followed by, "I'll think before I act. I'll solve a puzzle, read a book, and learn a fun new fact!" My favorite spread, and something I find absent in so many of my students, "Tomorrow I'll be curious," is followed by, "Please teach me something new. I'll ask a million times . . . why . . . maybe a million two." This page shows word bubbles with "why" in a variety of languages spread across the page. As the story ends, we see the rabbit being put to bed, the cat perched at the foot of the bed. Hische ends with, "Tomorrow I'll be all these things or at least try my best."

Coming in January 2020


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