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

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The Boy who Cried Bigfoot! The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! by Scott Magoon
Ben has so often tried to convince people he has seen Bigfoot that when a real yeti arrives and borrows his bicycle, no one comes to see if Ben is telling the truth. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Honesty

Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer
Brannon is afraid of thunder until his older brother compares thunder to one of Brannon's favorite subjects – dinosaurs. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Thunderstorms, Fears, Dinosaurs

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting
Readers are invited to help Duck and his animal friends find a missing item. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Lost and found possessions, Socks

Homer by Elisha Cooper
Homer the dog is content to watch from the porch as his family goes out to enjoy the day. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Contentment, Dogs

Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal
A child describes the wonders observed during a family camping trip to the mountains in a story that introduces the reader to prepositions. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Camping, Nature

Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems
When Piggie plays her new trumpet for Gerald, the elephant decides he must be honest in his response. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Trumpets, Friendship, Sounds

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
Playful monsters combine their favorite crayons, red, yellow and blue, to create new colors, including one never before seen. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Colors, Monsters

Open Very Carefully by Nicola O'Byrne
In a tale that invites youngsters to slam the book shut or find the courage to peek inside, a crocodile falls into a quiet storybook and wreaks havoc on the characters. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Courage

Rain! Rain! by Linda Ashman
While an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Moods, Rain and rainfall

Small, Medium, Large by Emily Jenkins
Mice of various sizes teach young readers the wonderful world of relative sizes. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Size, Math concepts

Where's My Mommy? by Carol Roth
When sleepy Little Kitty awakens from her nap, she can't find her mommy, so she asks the barnyard animals for help but has no success until she tries one last thing. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Animal sounds, Farms, Animal babies





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