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

Reading Tip: When you read picture books to children, you introduce words they would not hear in daily conversations with adults. This increases their vocabulary and prepares them for learning to read.

A Place to Call Home. A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deaco
Seven hamster brothers, having outgrown their hole, begin an adventure-filled quest that takes them across seas and deserts, up a mountain and through a labyrinth as they seek a new home. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Travels, Adventure

And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Spring, Gardening

Bulldog's Big Day by Kate McMullan
While looking for a job, Bulldog tries being a firefighter, a window washer, a sign painter and a bookseller before finding just the right job for himself. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Occupations, Dogs

The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer
A construction crew tears down an old building and builds a new house in its place. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Building, Stories in rhyme

Every-Day Dress Up by Selina Alko
A young girl imagines her own future as she puts on costumes and pretends to be great women from history, including Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball and Eleanor Roosevelt. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Imagination, Famous women

Happy by Mies van Hout
Fish show different emotions, ranging from curious to shy to confused. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Emotions

How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne
A young chimp describes a variety of emotions he experiences. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Emotions

Meet Me at the Moon by Gianna Marino
During a dry time, Mama leaves Little One alone while she climbs the highest mountain to ask the skies for rain, but she promises that her love will remain all around. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Separation, Mother and Child

Odd Dog. Odd Dog by Claudia Boldt
Peanut, an odd dog who likes apples, worries that his next-door neighbor, Milo, might steal all the apples from his tree. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Apples, Friendship, Dogs

Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen
Two friends plant seeds in their community garden, then water, weed, wait and dream as the plants grow until they can be harvested. Includes facts about gardening and harvest festivals. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Gardening

The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
Introduces the concept that shapes make up the world around us. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Geometry, Shapes


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