What’s New in Children’s Picture Books February, 2012

Reading Tip:  Nurture children’s interest in books by reading aloud stories they want to hear.   Read aloud stories that rhyme. This will help children develop one of the six early literacy skills, phonological awareness – the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

Counting on snow. Counting on Snow by Maxwell Newhouse JP NEW
In this petite counting book, animals appear in the isolation and beauty of a snowy Arctic winter – from ten crunching caribou down to one lonely moose. Recommended for ages 2-5
Themes: Snow, Counting

Lots of Spots by Lois Ehlert JP EHL
A collection of poems about animal camouflage and adornment. Recommended for ages 2-5
Theme: Camouflage

Mini-Racer by Kristy Dempsey JP DEM
Animals in a variety of fanciful vehicles, including a snail on a skateboard and rabbits in a carrot-car, race over a difficult course with a suspenseful and surprising outcome. Recommended for ages 2-5
Themes: Racing, Automobiles

NO by Claudia Rueda JP RUE
It is winter and little bear does not want to go to sleep. He would rather play, until little bear finds himself all alone in a snowstorm. Recommended for ages 2-5
Themes: Obedience, Winter

Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright JP WRI
Big Bear thinks that his tremendous sneezes are causing the leaves and apples to fall off the trees, but when the wind finally convinces him otherwise, he knows what to do. Recommended for ages 4-5
Themes: Autumn, Wind, Sneezing, Stories in rhyme

Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell JP ALL
Children delight in playing in the snow, building an igloo, sliding, gliding and getting wet and tired. Recommended for ages 3-5
Themes: Snow, Stories in rhyme

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na JP NA
While other animals migrate, hibernate or stay busy all winter, a little white rabbit watches. Recommended for ages 2-5
Theme: Winter

These hands. These Hands by Margaret H. Mason JP MAS
An African American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on stories of bakery union workers; includes historical note. Recommended for ages 4-5
Themes: Hands, African Americans, Civil Rights

What about Bear? by Suzanne Bloom JP BLO
When Fox joins Goose and Bear for playtime, one of them is left out and someone must figure out how all three of them can play together. Recommended for ages birth-5
Themes: Play, Friendship

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopegood JP HOP
A curious little owl decides to stay awake to find out how the things he sees at night look during the daytime. Recommended for ages birth-5
Themes: Colors, Owls



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