All posts tagged animals

Bears and Rain and Skates…oh my!!

Published December 4, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

Il Sung Na  who has written A Book Of Winter, A Teacup in the Storm and many others, has a new title coming out in March of 2017.  Thanks to Edelweiss and Knopf Books for Young Readers  for advanced access to this new book, Bird, Balloon Bear.  Bird is new to the forest and wants to make a new friend.  He sees Bear and decides to approach when just at that moment Bear makes a friend in Balloon.  Bird feels left out and wants to join in.  When Balloon disappears (pops actually), Bird and Bear then become friends.



Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by  Pam Paparone is a counting book told in rhyming text.  The little girl journeys outside and the counting goes from 1-10…..until it rains too much then she runs inside and the counting goes backwards.  A fun story I am looking forward to reading at storytime!



Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar  and illustrated by Troy Cummings is a “fractured fairytale”…or in my words a fairytale twist…..Super great illustrations and fun text tell the story of Little Red who wants to take part in an ice skating competition but she doesn’t have a partner.  Her Granny makes all kinds of suggestions and then one day Little Red meets Wolf out on the ice.  Will he eat her?  Will he follow her back to Granny’s house?  Will they become friends?  This is a little wordy for me to read at a storytime but it is worthy of getting added to the the collection at school!


New for 2017…..

Published December 1, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

If I haven’t said it before, I will say it now…Edelweiss is just the best.  Early access to some really great titles is such a privilege to me.  My only complaint is when I wish to read a really great picture book as an actual physical book and not as an ebook…on my tiny tablet.  But I will seek out these titles once they are published so that I can really get the full effect of them.  Here is a new batch of picture type books that I have read:


Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun and translated by Jen Calleja , published by Nobrow/Flying Eye Books is simply stunning.  With facts and illustrations of animals from Africa, South America, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica you could really look at this book for days and days.

31944797   expected publication May 16, 2017


Next, from the same publisher is My very Own Space written by Pippa Goodhart and illustrated by Rebecca Crane.  A little rabbit just wants to read his book, but there is too much commotion.  Rabbit creates a quiet little space where no one is allowed to come in…but rabbit soon discovers that it may be too quiet.

31944799  expected publication July 11, 2017


Flying Eye Books released many new titles on Edelweiss in the past couple of days.  Next is The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton.  Erin lives with her mum and her pup Archie.  Erin has grown up hearing tales of the mysterious Black Rock…she longs to discover the truth herself.  One day she finally is able to stay on her mum’s ship unnoticed but then tragedy…Erin falls overboard!!!  What happens as she discovers that things under the sea are not as they appear above the water line!

31944949  expected publication June 13, 2017

For Just One Day……

Published October 16, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

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!



Advanced Reader Copies from Edelweiss

Published November 19, 2013 by neverwearmatchingsox

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher (Random House) for these great ARCs.

None of these are coming out before the beginning of the year.  All of these I would recommend however they won’t all work for storytimes.  Count on the Subway, Go! Stop! and Ten Eggs in a Nest will be added to my collection of storytime books.

Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings

Published October 2, 2013 by neverwearmatchingsox

This was such a fun story to read. I received this as an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you) Woodrow isn’t the most popular kid in school…in fact he gets picked on. Enter a new student named Touluse (not sure I spelled that right) and he takes some of the attention off of Woodrow. Problem is, Woodrow feels like he will become an even bigger target if he befriends Touluse.
The two have so much in common…love of the outdoors, fishing, and eating. But when the new student behaves strangely, Woodrow begins to think he is seeing things. Once Woodrow meets the family of his new friend, he understands much more.
A great story about acceptance and friendship.

Odd, Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings

Fox Makes Friends

Published September 22, 2013 by neverwearmatchingsox

A sweet story about Fox who sets out to “make” friends.  His first try involves and apple and some sticks.  When that friend doesn’t play, he asks Rabbit, who is passing by, to help him make a bigger friend.  When that friend doesn’t play, they then enlist the help of Squirrel.  That friend then fails as well.  Fox’s mama comes by to ask who his new friends are and suddenly Fox realizes that his friends are Rabbit and Squirrel and they continue to play the day away.  Great illustrations, big sized book would be great for a read aloud or storytime.



Fox Makes Friends

Hello! Hello! by matthew cordell

Published September 20, 2013 by neverwearmatchingsox

Lydia’s family is busy using their electronics so Lydia journeys outside and discovers flowers and bugs and animals.  She forgets to tell her family where she is so they soon call her and she rushes home but with her she brings a bit of the outside back to them.  The story ends with the family outside enjoying nature at it’s best.  The beginning of the story is written in cell phone text which I found to be very appropriate.  Once Lydia journeys outside the text changes and the colors get brighter.  A great story to remind you to stop and smell the roses.