What’s New in Children’s Picture Books February, 2013

Reading Tip:  After reading a book several times, ask children to “read” the story to you. This helps them understand the structure of stories.

Boy+Bot. Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Individual differences, Friendship

Dancing with the Dinosaurs by Jane Clarke
Dinosaurs demonstrate their talents on Dancing with Dinosaurs, while the judges mysteriously disappear. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Dinosaurs, Dancing, Stories in rhyme

Fish Had a Wish by Michael Garland
Fish wishes to be all sorts of animals because each one is special, and then he realizes there is something good about being a fish, too. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Wishes, Contentment

Hey Little Baby! by Heather Leigh
This book welcomes a new baby into the world with thoughts of what it might accomplish in life. Appropriate for ages birth-3
Theme: Babies

Isabella, Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry
While playing in the backyard, Isabella imagines herself as a warrior, archeologist, queen and astronomer. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Imagination

Scooter in the Outside by Anne Bowen
Every day, when Lucy takes Scooter for a walk, he hopes to go around the corner to see what is there, but when he finally gets his chance to explore on his own, he learns that he is not ready to go around the corner alone. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Pets

Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell
Although dogs enjoy riding in trucks and romping in parks, their favorite activity is loving you. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Dogs, Stories in rhyme

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
Marisol loves to paint, but when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she realizes she can't make a sky without blue paint. However, the sky shows her other colors she can use. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Paint, Color, Imagination

Square Cat. Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker\
Eulah the cat is square and, while she longs to be round like other cats, her friends show her the benefits of the shape that she has. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Individuality, Self-acceptance, Shapes

The Cat and the Fiddle by Jackie Morris
This book combines illustrations with forty familiar and obscure nursery rhymes. Appropriate for ages birth-5
Theme: Nursery rhymes

Time to Say Bye-Bye by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
A toddler ends each activity with a goodbye that also signals the beginning of new events. Appropriate for ages birth-3
Themes: Toddlers, Activities

Train Man by Andrea Griffing Zimmerman
A young boy imagines what it would be like to drive a train and take his little brother along for the ride. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Railroad trains, Brothers, Imagination






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