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

Reading Tip:  Tip: As you read stories, remember to talk about the words, pictures and ideas featured. Discuss the meaning of new words and relate them to something in a child’s life.

Baby Bear Sees blue. Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff JP WOL
Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies and other colorful things in nature. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Nature, Colors, Mother and Child

The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz JP KAT
Presents lyrics to the well-known song “Wheels on the Bus,” interspersed with additional verses about babies. Appropriate for ages birth-3
Themes: Babies, Transportation

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka JP RAS
A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball and what happens when it is lost. Caldecott Medal Book. Appropriate for ages 2-5  
Themes: Dogs, Playing, Stories without words

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston JP AST
An informational book that uses colorful illustrations and simple text to describe the many characteristics of butterflies. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Butterflies

I'm a Shark by Bob Shea. JP SHE 
A boastful shark is not afraid of anything, which impresses his underwater friends until they ask about spiders. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Fear, Sharks

I Will Not Read This Book by Cece Meng JP MEN
A child adamantly refuses to read a book, regardless of the increasingly outrageous circumstances that might occur. Appropriate for ages 4-5|
Themes: Books, Reading

Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes JP BER
A counting book in rhyme presents various Australian animals and their offspring, from a mother crocodile and her little hatchling one to a huge father emu and his little chicks ten. Includes related facts and activities. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Counting, Australian animals

Quick, Slow, Mango! Quick, Slow, Mango! by Anik McGrory JP MCG
Kidogo the elephant's mother is always urging him to hurry up, while PolePole the monkey's mother cautions her to slow down, but together they learn that slow and fast can both be good. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Speed, Elephants

Story County Here We Come! by Derek Anderson JP AND
A farmer and his animal friends—Dog, Pig, Chicken, and Miss Cow—join forces to build a farm that they can all enjoy. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Farms

Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb JP LAM
As he gets into bed, Timmy Bear asks his mother to play a game with him in which they remember everything he did during the day, but in reverse order. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Bedtime, Mother and child




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