What’s New in Children’s Picture Books April, 2012

Reading Tip:  When reading to children, allow them to chant any repetitive phrases.  They love doing this, and it allows them to become an active part of the book-sharing time

Bird & Birdie in A Fine Day. Bird & Birdie in A Fine Day by Ethan Long JP LON
Bird and Birdie enjoy a beautiful morning, a wonderful afternoon and a marvelous evening together. Appropriate for ages 2-5.
Theme: Birds

Check it Out!  Reading, Finding, Helping by Patricia Hubbell JP HUB
Librarians love books, reading and children, and they inspire children with a love of books and reading. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Themes: Books and reading, Librarians, Stories in rhyme

Gideon by Olivier Dunrea JP DUN
Gideon is a small gosling who likes to play so much that he will not stop to take a nap. Appropriate for ages birth-3.
Themes: Geese, Farm animals

Hogwash by Karma Wilson JP WIL
When his stubborn pigs refuse a sudsy cleaning, a determined farmer learns that mud baths can be just as fun. Appropriate for ages 4-5.
Themes: Cleanliness, Baths, Stories in rhyme

Monkey See, Monkey Draw by Alex Beard JP BEA
Elephant leads a troupe of monkeys into a cave they have been afraid to explore, and after admiring the paintings found on the walls, they make their own art with mud, squabbling over whose painting is best until Elephant explains that this is not a game to win or lose. Appropriate for ages 4-5.
Themes: Play, Competition

No T. Rex in the Library by Tony Buzzeo JP BUZ
A rampaging tyrannosaurus rex demonstrates to an out-of-control little girl the results of "beastie" behavior in the library. Appropriate for ages 4-5.
Themes: Behavior, Libraries, Dinosaurs

Quiet Bunny's Many Colors by Lisa McCue JP MCC
Quiet Bunny loves the beautiful colors of springtime in the forest so much, he wants to change his fur's winter colors. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Themes: Colors, Spring

Red Wagon by Renata Liwska JP LIW
When Lucy gets a new red wagon she wants to play with it immediately, but first she must use it to bring vegetables home from the market for her mother. Appropriate for ages 2-5.
Themes: Work, Play

Sleepy ABC. Sleepy ABC by Margaret Wise Brown JP BRO
Simple rhymes for each letter of the alphabet are illustrated with an array of toddlers and babies saying goodnight. Appropriate for ages birth-3.
Themes: Alphabet, Bedtime, Stories in rhyme

Ten Little Beasties by Rebecca Emberley JP EMB
One by one, ten little monsters appear and then disappear from the page. Can be sung to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.” Appropriate for ages birth-5.
Theme: Counting

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jerry Pinkney JP PIN
A chipmunk looks at the sky and marvels at a twinkling star. Beautiful illustrations accompany the full-length version of this traditional song. Appropriate for ages 2-5.
Themes: Stars, Lullabies, Nursery Rhymes




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