I previously reviewed “Fly” by @karledwardsart about a year ago. I had found in on Edelweiss and fell completely in love with it! Now Karl is on a roll and has a few more picture books coming out. His blog has information about Hugely Wugely (which I have NOT read yet…hint hint Karl) but I have read I Got A New Friend which is due out in May (so.far.away). In this story a little girl and a puppy become new friends….they play together, they eat together, the get messy together…the illustrations are great and the text is sweet and will make a perfect storytime reading!
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!
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.
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.
Kate Messner writes about such a wide range of topics. I actually discovered this book because I read an article that Kate was asked to NOT attend a school visit due to this book. I would imagine that we will see this on the Banned/Challenged book list very soon.
Charlie is an Irish dancer, a sister, a friend, a daughter who she discovers a fish that grants wishes. She quickly learns that wishing for what she wants doesn’t always turn out the way she expects.
This book deals with the very difficult topic of drug addiction. I can understand the reluctance of educators and parents when it comes to this book, but Kate’s response to the disinvite was brillant: “When we decide a book is inappropriate for a school library because it deals with a tough subject, we’re telling kids in that situation that their problems can’t even be talked about,” read the whole article here.
These types of books are important. It can help a kid not feel alone. It can help a parent talk about a difficult topic. It can help everyone start a conversation.
I have been seriously slacking! I wrote about more Otter fun without ever mentioning Otter before…I hope Otter and Sam will forgive me. Otter lives with Otter Keeper and together they celebrate Halloween, talk about school and Otter even goes to outer space…in addition to starting her own school. This is such a fun series with great illustrations. I can’t get enough of Otter.
Bert is a bird sitting on a branch…he has mentally prepared himself….he is going to take a running start, oh wait, scratch that, he is eating a banana. Told with little text and fantastic illustrations, this story will start conversations and encourage littles to not give up! I couldn’t find a website for the author but did find him on Gecko Press.