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!
Elephant and Piggie want to share with you what they are reading….so out of that comes the “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading” series. The first 2 books in the series are written by different authors so I imagine that others in the series will too (I have not researched that). In this title by Laurie Keller Walt and his friends all grow and discover things about themselves..the curliest, the tallest, the silliest…but Walt does not know what he is. That is, until the lawn mower comes by and cuts them all back to the same size. I think that kids who love the Elephant and Piggie series will love this new spin off.
So I will be honest….I hadn’t read an Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems book until this one. I wasn’t against this series, I just knew that enough kids loved it that I didn’t feel the need to read it and could read something that maybe kids didn’t know about. That being said, just through this one title I could grasp what all the hype has been about . This is the goodbye book from Elephant and Piggie…this series is over. However, in case you didn’t know, Elephant and Piggie are now sharing the books that they are reading from authors such as Dan Santat and Laurie Keller. So worth the time to read.