Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday Roundup #8: Picture Books

Even though the first day of spring began with more snow for some of us, here are some new books that welcome spring and that I have read and liked very much.

 How Things Grow by Eric Carle
Penguin, 2015, 14 pages (Age 2+)

This is a nice soft-covered concept board book for younger readers.  What happens to an egg, an acorn, a tadpole, even to the hungry, hungry caterpillar?  Flip the flap and find out how they grow and change in this colorful book done in Eric Carle's wonderful style.  

A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books, 2014, 40 pages (Age 5+)

Here is an informative book about the different kinds of nests that animals build for welcoming their newborns.  In lovely, lyrical prose, Aston shows the wide variety of nest building techniques by different animals and insects in this well researched book, with colorful, realistic illustrations.  (Available April 14, 2015)  

 Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Atheneum, 2015, 40 pages (Age 4+)

Farmer Brown is back, and now he has a newborn duckling who just can't sleep, and who just keeps peeping all night long so that none of the other farm animals can't sleep either.  Each animal tries their hand at quieting the noisy duckling, without success.  Can Farmer Brown come up with a solution?  Lewin's fun illustrations add a light note to this problem all parents know only too well.

Stormy Night by Salina Yoon
Bloomsbury, 2015, 40 pages (Age 3+)

When a nighttime thunderstorm scares Bear's floppy toy bunny, no matter what he does to try to calm and comfort bunny, nothing works - not a soft song, or even a kiss on the nose.  Luckily, Mama and Papa Bear are also scared of the storm, and come in to let Bear calm and comfort them so everyone can fall asleep, despite the noise outside.  With Yoon's bright, colorful illustrations, this is perfect for young readers who don't like storms.

When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Jill McElmerry
Houhgton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015, 40 pages (Age 4+)

Young coyote Cardell knows his Mama and Daddy love him, even if they are divorced and live far away from each other.  Daddy has a new wife, but so far, Mama has only dated and then sent her suitors on their way out the door.  Then Otis arrives and now Cardell must deal with a new serious rival for Mama's affections.  This is a great book for kids and parents dealing with this kind of situation.  Whimsical illustrations keep it light enough, without diminishing the important storyline.

Over the Hills and Far Away: A treasury of Nursery Rhymes
edited by Elizabeth Hammill, illustrated by over 70 of your favorite illustrators
Candlewick, 2015, 160 pages (Age 3+)

Over 70 artists have interpreted the 150 nursery rhymes included in this multicultural anthology of rhymes from around the world.  All of the rhymes are grouped in complimenting themes in two page spreads.  Readers will instantly recognize some of the rhymes, but some will not doubt be new to them. All beautifully illustrated.  

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