What’s New in Children’s Picture Books, September2013

Reading Tip: Read to children every day. When you read to young children, they hear words they would not hear in daily conversations and this increases their vocabulary.

Busy-Busy Little Chick. Busy-Busy Little Chick by Janice N. Harrington
Mama Nsoso knows her chicks need a warm new house, but each day when they set out to collect sticks and mud, she is distracted by good things to eat, while Little Chick stays busy gathering the building materials himself. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Perseverance

Chamelia by Ethan Long
Chamelia loves to stand out and often wears outrageous outfits, but eventually she learns to shine in other ways. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Individuality, Clothing and dress

Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges
Wearing their hats, Construction Kitties use heavy equipment to dig, move, push and smooth the dirt. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Construction equipment

Freda Stops a Bully by Stuart J. Murphy
Max makes fun of Freda's shoes, but Freda soon learns how to cope with his bullying. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Bullying

Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist
Goat is the grumpiest animal at Sunny Acres farm until he remembers that there is more to life than eating and being alone. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Mood, Friends

I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helene Boudreau
A comical cautionary tale for bedtime-resistant youngsters which challenges them to avoid yawning. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Themes: Bedtime, Yawning

It's Time for Preschool! by Esme Raji Codell
Introduces typical activities a child might encounter at preschool. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: First day of school

Mice by Rose Fyleman
Simple, rhyming text celebrates what is nice about mice. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Mice, Cats

Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats. Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats by Barbara M. Joosse
Sailor Old Robert lives a solitary existence until some performing cats come into his life. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Cats

Owlet's First Flight by Mitra Modarressi
A hesitant young owl leaves his nest for the first time and explores the nighttime on his own. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Flight, Fear of the dark

When No One is Watching by Eileen Spinelli
When alone, a young girl enjoys dancing, singing, growling and cheering but when anyone other than her best friend is watching, she is quiet and shy. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Bashfulness





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