What’s New in Children’s Picture Books December, 2011

Reading Tip:  Read aloud books that you like. Children will see your enjoyment and they will like the story, too.Children need to know 3,000-5,000 words before they enter kindergarten. Reading aloud books is one way to help them develop large vocabularies.

The croaky pokey. The Croaky Pokey! by Ethan Long JP LON
Frogs sing and do their own version of the Hokey Pokey. Recommended for ages birth-5
Themes: Nursery rhymes, Frogs

Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes by Jane O 'Connor. JR OCO
Nancy's failure to pay attention gets her into trouble when she bakes cupcakes for the school bake sale. Recommended for ages 4-5
Themes: Baking, Listening

I'm 3! Look What I Can Do by Maria Carluccio JP CAR
This book lists all of the accomplishments of a child who has turned three. Recommended for ages 2-5

Little Wolf's Song by Britta Teckentrup JP TEC
Even though Little Wolf's mom, dad, sister and brothers all have their own special song, he can only manage a poor, pitiful squeak. When he gets lost, he finally finds his voice. Recommended for ages 3-5
Themes: Wolves, Separation anxiety

Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier JP FRA
Circular shapes are spotted in familiar objects and everyday situations. Recommended for ages birth-5
Themes: Circles, Shapes

The Perfect Gift by Mary DePalma JP DEP
Lori the lorikeet wants to give her grandmother a present, but after dropping her beautiful red berry into the river, she and her friends must try to retrieve the berry or find another gift. Recommended for ages 4-5
Themes: Gifts, Helping, Books and reading, Grandmothers

Waddles. Waddles by David McPhail JP MCP
Waddles, a very plump and furry raccoon, helps his best friend Emily, a duck, hatch and raise her ducklings. Recommended for ages 4-5
Themes: Friendship, Seasons

What's Special About ME, Mama? by Kristina Evans JP EVA
Mama lists her son's many good traits – from physical attributes to behavior – and though he dismisses each quality as just a little thing, Mama explains that there is nothing little about love. Recommended for ages 4-5
Themes: Love, African American stories

Willoughby and the Moon by Greg Foley JP FOL
When Willoughby Smith discovers a snail sitting atop the moon in his closet one night, the two help each other overcome their fears. Recommended for ages 4-5
Themes: Fear, Moon

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