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Books I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On: 2019 Picture Books Edition (H – M)

17 Mar

Pt. 2 – MOAR BOOKS! I am so late in getting this post done that some of these books have already been released and I have already gotten my lucky hands on them. But maybe you haven’t?

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Because… dads, loving your hair and illustrations by Vashti Harrison? YES PLEASE.

The Happy Book (and other feelings) by Andy Rash

Because… Andy Rash’s Are You a Horse? is hilarious and a great storytime read. And we can always use more books about feelings!

High Five by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Because… interactive books are an easy sell. And from the team that brought us Dragons Love Tacos? Yes, please! 

Hey, Water by Antoinette Portis

Because… I will always read an Antoinette Portis book. This one is non-fiction!

Hush Little Bunny by David Ezra Stein

Because… the traditional lullaby is reimagined with a dad as the singer! It’s already been released so check it out now! 

I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Because… the first two books in this series, I’m Bored and I’m Sad, were excellent. And we need more books to help children deal with worries and anxiety. Plus, potato.

Like a Lizard by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Because… April Pulley Sayre produces some of the best storytime-appropriate non-fiction books out there. 

A Little Chicken by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Dan Taylor

Because… Tammi Sauer. ‘Nuff said. Also – check out the cool glasses on that chicken.

The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol

Because… I don’t know what’s going on here, but I think I like it!

A Little Book about Spring by Leo Lionni, illustrated by Julie Hamilton

Because… Leo Lionni!

Little Taco Truck by Tanya Valentine, illustrated by Jorge Marti

Because… A book about a taco truck? Why did no one think of this earlier? And doesn’t that little truck look cute as a button?

Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Because… I had my first meaningful experience witnessing the power of representation in picture books when a little girl who looked just like Lola chose one of her early stories. The Lola books have been special to me ever since. 

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egneus

Because… we absolutely need more stories about the refugee child’s experience.

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz

Because… I love ramen. And haven’t you ever wondered how those delicious bricks of instant ramen magic came about?

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley

Because… the title could have been written about me? Also, I’ve seen this one and it is excellent. Would work well in a storytime about individuality and even gender nonconformity – Mary in this book was one of the first to buck gender norms and wear pants. 

Mighty Reader and the Big Freeze by Will Hillenbrand

Because… doesn’t that dog look a little bit like Underdog? Also, I love a reading superhero!

Monkey Time by Michael Hall

Because… I enjoy Michael Hall’s illustrations. And a story helping children understand the passage of time seems useful! 

Music for Mr. Moon by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Because… the Steads’ books are always poignant and beautiful.

My Footprints by Bao Phi, illustrated by Basia Tran

Because… the premise, about a Vietnamese-American girl with two moms who feels “double different” and is bullied, sounds like a story much needed. 

My Heart by Corinna Luyken

Because… I have seen this one and it is, indeed, heartfelt.

My Mama is a Mechanic By Doug Cenko

Because… his companion story, My Daddy is a Princess, was great.

My Papi Has a Motorcycle

Because… more dad love! And SHE HAS A UNICORN HELMET.

Next post, with the last of the books, coming soon(er than the time it took me to get this one done after the first!).

 

 

Trailer Tuesday! Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

25 Sep

Anyone who follows this blog (or knows me even slightly) knows how much I LOVE Pete the Cat. LOVE. So much so that I had him tattooed on my arm (yes, really!). So I’m excited to share the book trailer for the new Pete story: Pete the Cat Saves Christmas! Now, generally, I’m not a big fan of Christmas tie-in books. They always feel forced – as if the publisher said to the author one day: “we need you to write a Christmas book next. They sell big.” I haven’t seen this one yet, so I can’t comment, but based on the trailer it looks like it might be alright. I have high hopes!

Trailer Tuesday! The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss

27 Sep

Making it’s debut TODAY is an anthology of previously-unpublished (in book form) stories from Dr. Seuss. These WERE published in magazines, but had been lost until one intrepid Seussiana collector found them and connected with Theodore Geisel’s publisher. See the debut of characters like The Sneetches and Gertrude McFuzz!

This is a Thing: Trailer Tuesday! Ollie and Moon

6 Sep

A few weeks ago I posted the book trailer for Jarrett J. Krososzcka’s upcoming Ollie the Purple Elephant. Since then, I’ve been looking for more trailers of upcoming picture books, and decided I would start a new “thing” on this blog – Trailer Tuesday! Every Tuesday I’ll share a trailer for an upcoming picture book that I’m looking forward to checking out. Mr. Schu’s centered his whole blog around book trailers (although he’s an elementary school librarian and so doesn’t limit himself to picture books) and has enjoyed great success, so I thought this would be a fun thing to try.

Book trailers, like movie trailers, give you a taste of the story and characters. Sometimes they’re animated, sometimes not. Sometimes, as is the case for chapter books, the publisher has even created a little film with live actors in order to give a real flavor of the story. Many publishers have their own YouTube channels on which they can promote their books.

What a neat way to get readers excited about an upcoming book!

So, without further ado, I present my first (well, second, if you count Ollie) upcoming book trailer! It’s for Ollie and Moon (another Ollie? What the heck!) by Diane Kredensor. Not an upcoming book, technically, since it was published in April, but I personally haven’t gotten my hands on it yet so it’s upcoming for me! It looks perfectly delightful! I can’t wait to find out what the surprise is!

 

 

New* Books we (the preschoolers and I) love

24 May

Each year around this time I round up all the awesome new* books I can find, and do a storytime with them. I am lucky enough, through my outreach program, to be able to give all almost 1400 kids I visit each month a brand new book (to keep!) in May, so I do only a short storytime before we get to handing out the books. These are the books we are sharing and loving this month:

*And by “new”, I mean “new to me.” Apparently some of these are more than a year old! But so what, I just found them!

  • Schmid, Paul. A Pet for Petunia. Petunia wants, WANTS, WANTS a pet skunk. But when her parents say no, she goes on a rant that librarians like me (i.e. extra goofy) LOVE to perform. “Stink? I’ll show you stink!”
  • Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. Chicks Run Wild. Apparently one group of preschoolers loved this so much they were still talking about it long after storytime. After mama puts the chicks to bed, and closes the door, they get up again and RUN WILD! But Mama finally figures out that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, and manages to wear them out in the process!
  • Beaumont, Karen. No Sleep for Sheep! Continuing the sleep theme, sheep is trying to get some sleep. But various farm animals keep coming into the barn, making noise, and waking him up! Lots of repitition, and the illustrations of the extra-fluffy, and super-harried, sheep are wonderful.
  • Kemp, Anna. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet. Biff the bulldog dreams of his name in lights. But his person’s father says “Dogs Don’t Do  Ballet.” Biff has other plans, and they involve putting on his person’s tutu and following her to a performance of the Royal Ballet.
  • Dewdney, Anna. Roly Poly Pangolin.  “Roly Poly, very small, doesn’t like new things at all.” Not bugs for dinner, not monkeys who want to be friends. But Roly Poly finally discovers that not every new thing is scary.
  • Vere, Ed. Banana! A simple, but expressive book with only 2 words in it: Banana and please. A great narrative skills developer, as kids can help tell the story.
  • Foley, Greg. I Miss You, Mouse. A lovely new addition to the Bear books. Now with flaps to lift!
  • Gormley, Greg. Dog In Boots. After reading Puss in Boots, Dog decides he wants some boots as marvelous as those worn in the story. But the first pair he gets, while wonderful, are no good for digging. He goes back to the store several times trying to find the perfect pair of shoes in which to do ALL of his doggie activities. We especially loved the picture of dog in high heels, perfect for scratching!
  • Nesbitt, Kenn. More Bears! Hilariously meta. And the preschoolers had learned who an author and illustrator were, so were able to understand that concept (mostly). I pointed out the words “More Bears!” on each page and let the kids say them.”
  • Hillenbrand, Will Spring Is Here! Mole wakes up and discovers spring has arrived. He tries to wake bear, to no avail. What will he have to do?
  • Sayre, April Pulley. If You’re Hoppy and You Know It. A play on the song, offering words like “hoppy”, “sloppy”, “growly”, and “flappy” and the corresponding animals.

I’m looking forward to sharing (I have an ARC but not a hard copy yet):

  • Foley, Greg (geez, this guy’s talented!). Purple Little Bird Bird works very hard making his purple house perfect. But something’s missing. He travels around the world, meeting animals of every color, looking for the perfect place.

What are your new favorites?

Inside Of a Bear, It’s Too Dark To Read*

4 May

Today we were reading A Pet For Petunia by Paul Schmid, one of my new favorite books.

Skunks are AWESOME!

Petunia wants, WANTS, WANTS a pet skunk, and is completely indignant when her parents say no. There’s a page-long rant by Petunia that’s great fun to read aloud (and had the kids and teachers laughing). After her rant, Petunia decides to run away to the forest, where, in all likelyhood, she’ll be eaten by a bear. THEN, she declares, her parents will let her have a skunk.

I asked the preschoolers: “Will she be able to have a skunk after she’s eaten by a bear?”

“No,” said one young lady.

“Why not?” I asked.

“Because you can’t get out of a bear.”

Wise words…

*with apologies to Groucho Marx.

My storytime favorites: Pt. 2: The newbies.

30 Sep

I looked through all my storytime plans and wrote down all the titles I thought I might like to list here.  In addition to the books in Pt. 1, there are 35.  So I think there will be a Pt. 3.  And 4.  And probably 5 and 6 also.  I LOVE talking about good books!!  And now, on to the favorites…  Here are some newer titles, published in 2008 or 2009, that have been big storytime hits:

  • Shea, Bob.  Dinosaur vs. Bedtime.   Dinosaur vs….. A BOWL OF SPAGHETTI!  Who will win?  DINOSAUR WINS AGAIN!  RAHRRR!  This is a wonderful participatory book, with content that young kids can relate to.  Who doesn’t want to conquer the talking grownups?  But bedtime?  Bedtime ALWAYS wins, at least at my house.
  • Himmelman, John.  Katie Loves the Kittens.  When I first read this, alone, at my desk, I almost cried.  The illustrations so wonderfully portray Katie’s enthusiasm for the kittens, and then her sorrow at having frightened them, it’s palpable.  I’m feeling sorry for Katie right now, just imagining it!  This is a great story for anyone who’s ever felt like they wanted to make friends but didn’t know how to do it.
  • McMullan, Kate, and Jim McMullan.  I’m Bad! Just like the others in this series (I’m Dirty, I Stink), here’s another opportunity to totally ham it up.  Bad breath? YEAAAAHHHHHHH (say while exhaling deeply)!  When it comes down to it, though, this bad dino needs his mama’s help just like most of us do.
  • Gravett, Emily.  Monkey and Me.  If you were paying attention last spring, you could have gotten a free copy of this one in your Cheerios box.  I love this story because it’s got a great beat (and you can dance to it).  I have the kids clap their hands or slap their legs as we read “monkey and me, monkey and me, monkey and me we went to see, we went to see some…”.  Then kids and I try to guess what they saw based upon the actions of the little girl and her toy monkey.  This book incorporates so many early literacy skills: phonological awareness (the rhymes and beat), print awareness (the name of each animal is written out in big, dark letters), narrative skills (helping to tell the story) and, of course, print motivation (it’s just plain FUN!).
  • Bergman, Mara.  Yum Yum! What Fun! More animals, more rhymes, more silly (and a tiny bit scary) fun!  This is a new addition to my food-themed storytime.
  • Tankard, Jeremy.  Boo Hoo Bird.  I loved Grumpy Bird, so it’s not surprise that Bird’s next adventure would be a pleaser too.  When Bird gets bonked on the head (LOVE that the author used the word “bonked”), his friends try a variety of things, including a cookie and a bandaid, to make him feel better.  To no avail.  What will fix this boo-boo?  Bird is a bit of a drama queen, which makes it that much more fun to perform.

I’m sure there are lots of great new storytime books I’m missing (I’m WAY behind on my new book reading right now) so PLEASE share your recent favorites!

And I’ll be back soon with part 3…

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