What’s New in Children’s Picture Books, April 2013

Reading Tip: Read aloud rhyming books. This helps children recognize words that rhyme, and when they begin to read, it will help them sound out words.

Bunny Bunny Catkin. Bunny, Bunny Catkin by Cathy MacLennan
Discover the delights of spring in this joyful rhythmic story. Appropriate for ages 2-4
Theme: Spring

Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen
After hearing the famous nursery rhyme, the Diddle herd decides it is impossible for a cow to jump over the moon, but Cindy Moo is determined to discover how to do it. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Nursery rhymes, Cows

A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan
Using various animals as examples, this rhyming picture book explores what makes them the same and what makes them different. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Individuality

Hide & Seek by II Sung Na
When the animals play hide and seek, Elephant finds everyone but Chameleon, who has hidden so well no one can find him. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Hide and seek, Counting

How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan
A little boy provides instructions for properly babysitting one's grandfather, such as offering him tasty treats and entertaining him with special games. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Babysitting, Grandfathers

I Love My Daddy by Giles Andreae
A father and child enjoy special time together playing on the swings, singing and dancing, having snacks and cuddling. Appropriate for birth-5
Theme: Father and child

I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
When Willy wakes up without his favorite toy, he looks everywhere until he finds it. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Lost and found possessions, Toys, Cats

If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder
Illustrations and rhyming text explore the fun and mayhem that could ensue if elephants, kangaroos, bats, and more were to come inside a little boy's house. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Animals

Moonlight by Helen V. Griffith
One cloudy night after Rabbit goes into his burrow to sleep, the moon comes out, covering the countryside like butter and awakening Rabbit to come out and dance. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Moon, Imagination

Say What? Say What? by Angela Diterlizzi
In simple rhyming verse, this book explores the meaning of sounds exchanged between animal parents and their offspring. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Animal Sounds

Seababy: A Little Otter Returns Home by Ellen Levine
A baby sea otter, separated from his mother by a storm, is rescued by a human who takes him to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to recover and learn how to take care of himself. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Sea Otter, Baby animals, Wildlife rescue

Underground by Denise Fleming
Pulp paintings and rhyming text spotlight the underground world of burrowing, tunneling and digging animals. Includes a Creature Identification page. Appropriate for birth-5
Theme: Earth




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