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

Reading Tip: Stories help children understand that things happen in order — first, next, last. After reading a book, ask children to retell the story. This improves their narrative skills, which is a building block for reading.

Big Brothers Don't Take Naps. Big Brothers Don't Take Naps by Louise Borden
Little brother Nick lists all the wonderful things his big brother does with him, preparing him to greet the new baby in the family. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Brothers and sisters, Babies

Cheetah Can't Lose by Bob Shea
An overly confident cheetah challenges a pack of clever kittens to a race. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Racing, Winning and losing

Fly, Chick, Fly! by Jeanne Willis
A chick that is reluctant to leave the nest finally learns how to fly. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Growing up, Family, Flight

Hooray For Bread by Allan Ahlberg
Presents a day in the life of a loaf of bread that is baked early in the morning and enjoyed slice by slice by the baker and his wife as well as their son, a dog, ducks, fish, birds and finally a tiny mouse that nibbles up the last crumbs. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Food-bread, Family

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer
Olivia is having an identity crisis and no longer wants to be a princess. She wants to stand and be different from everyone else. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Individuality, Princesses

Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon
Penguin and Pinecone form an unlikely friendship, even when they must live far apart. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Penguins, Pinecones, Friendship

Pirates Don't Take Baths by John Segal
A young pig tries to avoid taking a bath by claiming to be a variety of characters, from an astronaut to an Eskimo, as his mother tries to lure him into the tub. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Pigs, Imagination, Baths

Squish Rabbit.Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby
A lonely little rabbit wants to make a friend. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Size, Loneliness, Friendship

Tea Rex by Molly Idle
Siblings host a tea party and invite a T-rex. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Tyrannosaurus rex, Etiquette, Dinosaurs

A Year with Friends by John Seven
Friends celebrate the seasons and enjoy activities through the months of the year. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Months, Seasons, Friends




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