Halloween is just a week away, and while I’m not doing a storytime on Halloween, tonite I will most definitely be reading some Halloween tricks and treats…..
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas. Easy text, super fun illustrations….this will be a hit.
Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. Melly isn’t afraid of much but when she is walking to a party, she feels she is being followed. First by 1 black cat, then 2 skittish skeletons. A fun Halloween counting book.
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean. Simply adorable. Rhyming text and great Pete the Cat illustrations…I am so excited to read this one tonite!
Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Joyce Wan. It’s Halloween and Peep wants to trick-or-treat but Egg does not. Peep tries everything to get Egg to go. Will Egg finally agree or will Peep have to go all alone???
Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record is a super fun Halloween story that sneakily adds some counting to the text. This one is another that I will try and squeeze into storytime!
For Just One day by Laura Leuck and illustrated by Marc Boutavant is an adorable book about a kiddo who imagines, for just one day, that they were are different creature. Illustrations that remind me of the 60s with rhyming text, this will be a hit at storytime!
I have been on a roll, reading ARCs and Galleys (I’m not sure why there are 2 names for the same thing) and there are some very cute books coming out. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for access to these great titles!
Before I talk about the picture books I read, I just have to say how excited I am to be reading Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. This is being described as a sequel series to Fablehaven, my 2nd favorite series of all time. Same characters, new adventure!!
First up for today is Littles and How They Grow written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by AG Ford and published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers.
What a great story. A tale about “littles” and how they grow. This book showed diversity in the families and love on every page. I can’t wait to see this as an actual book.
Expected sale date June 13, 2017
Next up: Freckleface Strawberry: Monster Time! written by Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen (pronounced Le Win) Pham. Freckleface Strawberry books are very fun and sweet. I am not sure if this is the first beginning reader for Moore but she does a great job, tackling a friendship situation with text that kids can understand. Great illustrations.
Expected sale date July 11, 2017
Next: Naptastrophe written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka. If you are a parent of anyone over the age of 2, you can relate to this book. It is a tale of our little Lucy, who isn’t tired. She isn’t tired when she is put down for a nap, she isn’t tired when she goes shopping with her dad, she isn’t tired at dinner and she is not tired when she falls face first into her food. Fun illustrations and text.
I think that I first came across Tad Hills when I saw a Rocket book. Then I was fortunate to see Tad tell a story at Wordstock (in Portland, OR) one year. What a great experience. He is kind, talented and a great storyteller.
He has several books that he has published, but Rocket and Duck and Goose are my go tos:
Duncan loves to read, however being a dragon posses certain problems…like always burning up the books. So Duncan sets out to find someone to read to him. Everyone is scared of him and won’t help the poor dragon out. Until Mouse sees Duncan crying and they both figure out that they can be friends and read books together. Super fun, great illustrations from Amanda Driscoll.
So, I have only read a couple Elephant and Piggie books. I can understand why kids love them. When The Thank You Book came out, I was sad for kids because there would be no new Elephant and Piggie. Well, that isn’t exactly true now. Piggie and Elephant want to share with us, the books they are reading. Book 1 of “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading” is called The Cookie Fiasco by which is written by Dan Santat. Fantastic illustrations in this story of 4 friends with only 3 cookies to share…friendship, math, cookies…what more could you want in a fun new story!! This is a great read and those Elephant and Piggie readers will greatly enjoy this!
As I was shopping for books the other night, I saw this lovely picture book “I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur” by Heath McKenzie and without reading it I bought it for school. Well this was a great purchase!
What would you do if you wanted to be a great big dinosaur? Well, lucky for our little guy, he has a T-Rex to tell him the ins and outs. Fantastic illustrations and great text. First, I’ll share at storytime then off to school the book will go!
Whenever I can find an author/illustrator that speaks to me, it makes me so happy…like all is right with the world. Next up, “I Wanna Be A Pretty Princess”…I had to put it on hold at the library so I hope it arrives soon.
“I Love You Book” written by written by Libby Hathorn was also illustrated by Heath McKenzie. I didn’t get to read this as a physical book so I know that I have missed some of the wonderful illustrations that McKenzie provided. A great story told with rhyming text, this would make a great storytime book or reading with on the couch with the kiddos.
Take a peek at McKenzie’s website and check out the awesome artwork he has created!