What’s New in Children’s Picture Books November, 2011

Reading Tip:  Children need to know 3,000-5,000 words before they enter kindergarten. Reading aloud books is one way to help them develop large vocabularies.

ABC Kids. ABC Kids by Simon Basher JP BAS
This book introduces the letters of the alphabet through illustrations and alliterative text that places characters in silly, humorous situations. Recommended for ages birth–5
Themes: Alphabet, Alliteration

Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist JP HEL
Just after the first snowfall, Bear is ready to go to sleep until spring, but his friends encourage him to spend one last day playing with them. Recommended for ages 4–5
Themes: Hibernation, Snow

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld JP LIT
Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as what the other clouds do. Recommended for ages 4–5
Themes:Clouds, Rain

Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry JP BER
Five little ducks ride bicycles and gather apples to make a sweet treat. Recommended for ages 2–5
Themes: Ducks, Apples

Sleep Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright JP WRI
As winter comes and Big Bear prepares to hibernate, he keeps thinking he hears Old Man Winter giving him exhausting orders that prevent him from sleeping. Recommended for ages 4–5
Themes: Winter, Bears, Stories in rhyme

Socksquatch by Frank Dormer JP DOR
Socksquatch tries to find a sock to warm his cold foot. Recommended for ages 2–5
Theme: Monsters

Time to Sleep Sheep the Sheep! Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! by Mo Willems JP WIL
Cat the Cat has a slumber party with her animal friends. Recommended for ages birth–3
Themes: Bedtime, Sleepovers

The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews JP AND
Despite her scabby knees and dirty fingernails, Geraldine knows that she is a princess inside and shows it through her behavior at home and in school. Recommended for ages 3–5
Themes: Princesses, Behavior

When the Snow Comes by Jonathan Allen JP ALL
Little Yak lives up high in the mountains, and he is about to see snow for the very first time. He learns how other animals prepare for the cold weather. Recommended for ages 3 –5
Themes: Snow, Winter


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