What’s New in Children’s Picture Books, April 2014

Reading Tip: Research shows that children who have larger vocabularies are better readers. When children know many words, it helps them recognize written words and understand what they mean.

999 Frogs Wake Up. 999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura
It is spring, and 999 frogs wake up, but then they decide to awaken a still sleeping turtle, lizard, ladybugs and a big snake. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Counting, Spring

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
A father teaches his daughter all about bicycle riding, from selecting the right bike to trying again after a fall. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Bicycles and bicycling

The Favorite Daughter by Allen Say
Yuriko, teased at school for her unusual name and Japanese ancestry, yearns to be more ordinary until her father reminds her of how special she is. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Japanese Americans, Teasing

Foxy by Jessica Souhami
Crafty Fox tells everyone not to look in sack, but they cannot resist. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Tricksters, Folklore

Night Sounds by Javier Sobrino
When the moon comes up over the mountains, all the animals in the rain forest try to go to sleep, but a noise stops them. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Night, Bedtime

Now I'm Big! by Karen Katz
A little girl contrasts all of the amazing things she can do for herself that had to be done for her when she was a baby, from dressing herself to reading to her baby sister. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Growth

Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
A little girl discovers things that are round, square and rectangular in her Hispanic American neighborhood. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Shapes, Hispanic Americans

Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
A little snail likes to get up early in the morning and has trouble waking up his family. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Sleep

Spike and Ike Take a Hike. Spike and Ike Take a Hike by S.D. Schindler
Spike the hedgehog and Ike the coatimundi go on a lively walk through the ever-changing landscape, meeting other animals along the way. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Hedgehogs, Coatis, Animals

This Monster Cannot Wait! by Bethany Barton
Stewart is so eager to go with his parents on his first camping trip ever that he will do anything to make the time pass more quickly. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Patience, Monsters, Behavior

Uh-Oh, Dodo! by Jennifer Sattler
A curious, spunky little bird takes long walks with his mother that provide plenty of opportunities for mischief and excitement while demonstrating how adventures can be fun even when things go wrong. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Dodo birds, Adventure


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