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!
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.
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.
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!
I’ve been blogging for about 3 year now and while I am still certainly a novice, I do feel like I am getting better. I’ve changed this site a bit and am trying really hard to be more creative with it. I’ve also started writing reviews for Children’s Literature out of DC but I think that I cannot use the same reviews so I will have to rewrite some things…Anyways, with the hope that I can get more creative, here is some picture book catch up that hopefully is different enough from my Goodreads that you won’t be bored.
How to Find A Fox by Nilah Magruder is a great new picture book. The illustrations are great and the text will be so much fun to read at storytime. How do you catch a fox? Finding a fox hole, having patience and not falling asleep are great ways to try and catch a fox. Unfortunately for our little girl, it doesn’t seem to fall that way for her right away.
This fun little one is exasperated and you can completely feel her pain as she is waiting waiting waiting.
Dinosaurs in Disguise by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Of What Grandma/Grandpa/Uncles do best) come together to bring us a fun new picture book about dinosaurs. Dinosaurs aren’t extinct, they are just hiding. Dinosaurs have been hiding so long that we just don’t notice them anymore. This will make a fun storytime book!
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!
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:
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!
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.
I read Halloween books all year long. Since school has started (or is about to) that means that the holidays are right around the corner. Go ahead and curse me but you know it’s true!! So, to get ready for my favorite holiday of all time, here are some picture books that are on my shelf waiting for that storytime in October:
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.