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

Reading Tip: Read aloud everyday print – labels, signs, lists, etc. Being familiar with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and understand that print is useful.

1, 2, 3, Little Donkey. 1, 2, 3 Little Donkey by Rindert Kromhout 
Little Donkey counts different objects from one to 10. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme:  Counting

A Long Way Away by Frank Viva
A picture book that can be read front-to-back or back-to-front. Start from one end and journey from outer space down to the sea; start from the other end and journey from deep in the sea out to a distant planet. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Outer space, Interplanetary Travel

Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion
When a penguin finds a hat floating by, she discovers something inside…baby penguins! Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Penguins, Feelings

Everything Goes on Land by Brian Biggs
A young boy learns about land vehicles from bicycles to subways and trolleys as he and his father travel to the train station. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Transportation

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
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 3-5
Themes: Surprises, Books, Friendship

Lost and Found by Bill Harley
Justin has lost the hat his grandmother made for him, and if he is to find it in time for her visit, he will have to go talk to Mr. Rumkowsky, the gruff old school custodian in charge of the Lost and Found. Appropriate for ages 4-5   
Theme: Lost and Found Possessions

Oh So Tiny Bunny by David Kirk
Oh So Tiny, a very small bunny, dreams every night of being big until he discovers one advantage to being small. Appropriate for ages 3-5   
Themes: Dreams, Size, Friends

One Frozen Lake by Deborah Jo Larson
Grandpa introduces his grandchild to the art of ice fishing. Appropriate for ages 3-5   
Themes: Ice fishing, Counting, Grandfathers

Polar Bear Morning. Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson|
A little polar bear cub ventures out of her den for the first time and meets a new friend. Appropriate for ages 3-5   
Themes: Friendship, Polar animals

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! By Wynton Marsalis
Readers hear sounds and noises in a young boy's neighborhood. Appropriate for ages 2-5   
Themes: Sounds, Neighborhoods

Think Big by Liz Garton Scanlon
A classroom of exuberant youngsters explores art in its most varied forms, from painting, music and writing to cooking and performing. Appropriate for ages 2-5 
Theme: Creativity





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