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

Reading Tip:  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.

Baby's First Year. Baby's First Year! by Rick Walton JP WAT
In rhyming text, the milestones of Baby's first year are celebrated. Recommended for ages birth-3
Themes: Babies, Stories in Rhyme

Chalk by Bill Thomson JP THO
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk and draw pictures that come to life. Recommended for ages 2-5
Themes: Drawing, Stories without words

Chicken, Chicken, Duck! by Nadia Krilanovich JP KRI
Easy-to-read, rhythmic text about a group of farm animals, led by a tenacious duck, who play a noisy game together. Recommended for ages birth-3
Themes: Animal sounds, Games, Farm animals

Fandango Stew by David Davis JP DAV
Penniless Slim and his grandson Luis ride into the unwelcoming western town of Skinflint, and manage to rustle up a delicious meal for all its citizens out of one lone bean. A Wild West take on the classic story "Stone soup." Recommended for ages 4-5
Themes: Cooking, Folklore

Hide and Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick JP FRE
A mouse baby leads his father on a merry game of hide-and-squeak at bedtime. Recommended for ages 3-5
Themes: Father and child, Stories in rhyme

I am a Tyrannosaurus by Anna Hines JP HIN
A boy mimics the actions of different dinosaurs as he imagines he is one of them. Recommended for ages 3-5
Themes: Dinosaurs, Imagination

I’m Not Ready! by Jonathan Allen. JP ALL
Little Owl is nervous about going to preschool, and he makes up excuses about why he is not ready to leave home. Recommended for ages 3-5
Themes: Owls, Going to school

Llama, Llama home with mama. Llama, Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney JP DEW
Llama Llama's mother takes good care of him when he is sick, but when Mama Llama begins to feel sick, too, Llama Llama knows how to take care of her. Recommended for ages 2-5
Themes: Sick, Stories in rhyme

Mama, Why? by Karma Wilson JP WIL
A sleepy polar bear cub asks his mother questions about the night sky as he gets ready to go to sleep. Recommended for ages 3-5|
Themes: Bedtime, Stories in rhyme

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin JP LIT
Pete the Cat wears his school shoes when visiting the library, the lunchroom, the playground and more while singing his special song. Recommended for ages 3-5
Themes: School, Shoes, Stories in rhyme


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