What’s New in Children’s Picture Books, January 2014

Reading Tip: Make a New Year’s resolution to read with children every day and broaden their horizons. This will give them good background knowledge which will help with comprehension when they learn to read.

Again! Again! by Emily Gravett
At bedtime, Cedric the dragon wants his mother to read his favorite book again and again and again. Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Bedtime

Backseat A-B-See by Maria Van Lieshout
In this alphabet book, a child sees road signs from A to Z from the backseat of a car.
Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Signs, Travel, Alphabet

Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist
Just after the first snowfall, Bear is ready to go to sleep until spring but his friends encourage him to spend one last day playing with them. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Hibernation, Bedtime

The Chickens Build a Wall by Jean-Francois Dumont
When a friendly hedgehog visits the farm, the chickens build an enormous wall to keep out "prickly invaders." Appropriate for ages 4-5
Theme: Toleration

Dinosaur Zoom!  by Penny Dale
Different colored dinosaurs, in their equally colorful vehicles, rush in from everywhere to prepare a surprise birthday party for the littlest dinosaur in the woods. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Dinosaurs, Birthdays, Motor Vehicles

Friends by Mies van Hout
Little monsters become friends, laughing and playing, but also teasing, arguing and making up in this book about relationships. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Themes: Monsters, Feelings

I Am Blop! by Herve Tullet
Children will discover the wonderful world of blops in a fun pictorial exploration of variations on a simple shape.Appropriate for ages 2-5
Themes: Shapes, Color

A Perfect Day. A Perfect Day by Carin Berger
One snowy day in their hillside village, young friends enjoy a day of sledding, snowball fights and ice skating. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Snow

Pigs in Pajamas by Maggie Smith
Illustrations and alliterative rhyming text welcome the reader to a slumber party hosted by Penelope Pig. Appropriate for ages 3-5
Theme: Sleepovers

This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington
Expands on the traditional counting rhyme, revealing exciting things the second set of toes does which inspire the first set to try more "fun stuff" too. Appropriate for ages 2-5
Theme: Counting



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