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

Reading Tip:  Discuss the books you are reading to children. Ask questions and talk about the illustrations. This interactive reading engages children and makes the book-sharing time enjoyable.

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems JP WIL
Amanda and her alligator have lots of fun together, but when Amanda's grandfather buys her a panda, Alligator must learn to make new friends. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Surprises, Books, Friendship

I Am So Strong by Mario Ramos JP RAM
The wolf saunters through the woods bullying everyone he meets, including the three little pigs and the seven dwarves...until he meets someone bigger and stronger. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Bullying, Fairy tale characters

I Love to Sing by Anna Walker JP WAL
A zebra named Ollie celebrates the joys of singing – in the bathtub, with his dog Fred and in the park. Appropriate for ages birth-3
Themes: Singing, Stories in rhyme

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen JP KLA
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Lost possessions

I'm Not by Pam Smallcomb JP SMA
A young girl discovers that best friends can enjoy and do well at different things as long as they are good at being friends. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Friendship, Individuality

The Lion and the Mice by Rebecca Emberley JP EMB
A proud lion learns that little mice can be his friends. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Lions, Mice, Size

Rooster's Revenge by Beatrice Rodriguez JP ROD
Bear, Rabbit and Rooster are making their way home over the sea when a terrific storm hits. Rooster finds a mysterious glowing ball that fascinates him. This is the third book in the Fox and Hen series. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Lost, Storms, Stories without words

Squish Rabbit. Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby JP BAT
A lonely little rabbit wants to make a friend. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Size, Loneliness, Friendship

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr JP CAR
Illustrations and rhyming text follow ten caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens. Appropriate for ages birth-5
Themes: Counting, Caterpillars, Butterflies

Who's There? by Carole Lexa Schaefer JP SCH
A child, already tucked in for the night, is frightened by strange noises that grow closer. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Themes: Fear of the dark, Bedtime




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