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

Reading Tip:It is important children understand the stories you read aloud. One way to check for understanding is to ask questions as you read stories.

Beach Feet. Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya
The story of a boy's visit to the beach, and the sensations he experiences as he gives himself over to the ocean and the pleasures to be had at water's edge. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Beaches, Senses and sensation

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo by Jim Aylesworth
Rhyming text divulges the many sounds heard on a farm, from a rooster's morning crow to an owl's goodnight call. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Farms, Animal sounds

Count the Sheep to Sleep by Philippa Rae
A little girl who is having trouble falling asleep tries counting sheep, but the ten wooly creatures have mishaps, one after another, until there are none left to count. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Bedtime, Counting

Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme by Brenda Huante
Rhyming text in the pattern of "Over in the meadow" introduces dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures and their mothers, from one trumpeting woolly mammoth to ten hatching maiasaurs. Includes a timeline and facts about the animals in the rhyme. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Dinosaurs, Counting

Dolphin Baby by Nicola Davies
Following his mother, a baby dolphin learns about life under the sea, from catching his first fish to developing his own unique whistle. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Dolphins

Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli
A little girl finds out how fast daddy can go. Appropriate for ages birth-5
Themes: Speed, Imagination

Find a Cow Now! by Janet Stevens
Tired of hearing Dog yipping at chairs and trying to round up rugs, Bird tells him to go to the country to find a cow, but this cattle dog does not know a cow when he sees one. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Dogs, Cows, City and town life

Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies
On her way to school, a young girl spots mallard ducks in the river and enthusiastically describes their appearance, habits and behavior. Interspersed throughout the pages are facts about ducks. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Ducks

Over in the Forest Come and Take a Peek. Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes
A counting book in rhyme presents various forest animals and their offspring, from a mother beaver and her "little kit one" to a father red fox and his "little kits ten." Includes related facts and activities. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Forest animals, Baby animals

Sweet Baby Feet by Margaret O'Hair
Simple, rhyming text celebrates baby's feet as they stretch, tap and splash throughout a busy day. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Babies

What Little Boys Are Made Of by Robert Neubecker
This playful version of a classic nursery rhyme celebrates imaginative and active little boys. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Play, Imagination





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