Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!
Toodle-oo is a touching story about two little girls – Ruby Blue and Lilly Wu – saying goodbye to each other.
Part poem, part song – the words rhyme as Ruby Blue and Lilly Wu remember playing together:
Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!
I had fun playing with you.
I was really worried when I saw your tiger –
But it was very funny when you tried to hide her!
In the vibrant illustrations the tiger is a small soft toy that grows to be a larger than life real tiger, which almost leaps from the page in Rachel Backshall’s brilliant illustrations.
Destined to be a beloved classic, Toodle-oo is highly predictable and easy to read. Both children and adults already love it.
Nominated “Most Distinguished American Picture Book for Children” – 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal
Nominated “Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children” – 2018 John Newbery Medal
Toodle-oo Ruby Blue! Coloring Book
Little kids love Toodle-oo Ruby Blue so much Garn Press asked Rachel Backshall to turn her wonderful illustrations into coloring pages for little kids to color. Then we took some of the coloring pages to the Brooklyn Book Festival and children spent the whole day coloring them with Rachel who flew all the way from Scotland to New York to be with them.
At the Brooklyn Book Festival many parents talked with Denny Taylor who wrote the story Toodle-oo Ruby Blue about their children’s struggles learning to read in school.
Denny shared with parents that the secret to the success of children’s early literacy experiences is engaging children in joyful reading experiences that encourage children’s positive interactions with books.
“We would stack Toodle-oo Ruby Blue,” Denny said, “up against an entire year of workbooks and test prep materials in encouraging young children to love reading and become enthusiastic ‘proficient’ young readers.”
At Garn we recommend that children have great stories with illustrations that also tell the story, and coloring books – like this one! – that encourage children to actively engage with the characters as they retell the story – reading the words if they can or re-inventing them if not.
Most importantly, have fun coloring Rachel’s incredible illustrations with your children, and if you would like to know more about young children learning to read and write please go to the end of the book where you will find some more really important information about how children learn to read and write.
Toodle-oo Ruby Blue! Coloring Book Coming soon, December 11, 2017
GARN PRESS AUTHOR
Denny Taylor has organized more than 30 international scholars forums. She speaks to diverse national and international audiences on a broad range of issues, especially the interconnections between the rapid acceleration in climate change and the dismantling of US public schools, which are not widely recognized. Taylor is particularly interested in bringing to the attention of the public what many parents and teachers already know, which is that in the US, children are being taught to work for the corporations that are using up Earth’s resources, contaminating the planet, and causing the climate system to adversely change, making Earth and unsafe place for our kids to be.
In 1983, Taylor published Family Literacy, which is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate received the MLA Shaughnessy award in 1988; and Toxic Literacies, published in 1996, was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2004, Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame. She is Professor Emerita of Literacy Studies at Hofstra University, and the co-founder and CEO of Garn Press. Her most recent books are Nineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can Be Achieved Through Collective Action, Save Our Children, Save Our School, Pearson Broke the Golden Rule, Rosie’s Umbrella, and Rat-a-tat-tat! I’ve Lost My Cat!
Garn Press Author
GARN PRESS ILLUSTRATOR
Rachel Backshall, BA Oxon, is a UK artist and illustrator recently graduated from Oxford University. She has exhibited her highly acclaimed silk paintings in London, Oxford and Liverpool – many of which are inspired by her research into specific archaeological sites during her degree.
Her illustrations are inspired by the natural world and focus in particular on the wild and wonderful animals that appear both in reality, and in children’s imaginations. She is particularly interested in the concept of imaginative play, looking at the way children visualise and develop games and stories. Acknowledging that human imagination plays such a vital part to all stages of our lives, Rachel hopes to capture some of these moments within her illustrations, and in particular to relate to the magical way that children bring their toys and games to life.
Rachel has recently illustrated the prize winning Pearl of the Seas and Kris and Kate Build a Boat – The Magical Adventure for Garn Press author Ruth Finnegan, and has since been extremely honoured to work with Denny Taylor on Toodle-oo Ruby Blue as part of the Ruby Blue Series. She is currently working with both authors on future projects.
Garn Press Illustrator
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Toodle-oo is a touching story about two little girls – Ruby Blue and Lilly Wu – saying goodbye to each other. Destined to be a beloved classic, Toodle-oo is highly predictable and easy to read. Both children and adults already love it. Nominated “Most Distinguished American Picture Book for Children” – 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal. Nominated “Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children” – 2017 John Newbery Medal
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