What’s New in Children’s Picture Books, May2014

Reading Tip: Ask “what” questions as you read. This helps you check a child’s understanding of the story and the meaning of words they may not know.

Ah Ha! AH HA! by Jeff Mack
With simple repeated text, the story follows the ups and downs of a frog's hectic day. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Frogs

Another Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc
When the night guard arrives at the Ocean room at the Museum of Natural History, he wonders if he left the bathtub faucet on at home. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Museums, Floods

Ball by Mary Sullivan
While searching for someone to play ball with him, a dog dreams of fantastical adventures he could have with his ball. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Play, Dogs, Pets

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier
A hungry bear discovers that bees are not terrible monsters who never share their honey. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Sharing, Prejudices

Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Bullies

Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail by James Horvath
Top dog Duke leads a busy work crew to a new construction site, and they find something unexpected buried deep in the ground. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Construction

How To Be A Cat by Nikki McClure
Cut-paper illustrations and single words of text show a kitten's attempts to imitate an adult cat's mastery of such skills as stretching and stalking. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Cats

If You Want To See a Whale by Julie Fogliano
Advises the reader about what to do, and not do, in order to successfully spot a whale. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Whale Watching, Patience

Maria had allama. Maria Had A Little Llama by Angela Dominguez
In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, Maria takes her llama to school one day. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Llamas, Pets, Nursery Rhymes

Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
After gathering lost seeds during the summer, a kind woman tends and instructs them throughout the fall and winter before sending them out in the spring to find roots of their own. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Seeds

One Bright Ring by Gretchen Geser
A little girl catches a ring as it falls from a man's pocket, and then pulls her mother along as she bravely pursues him past increasing numbers of obstacles trying to return his precious jewel. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Lost and Found Possessions, Counting


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