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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

 

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A boy misses his bus and watches other very unusual buses go by until he decides to ride one. Fun!

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Scoop the Ice Cream Truck is getting old and fancy new ice cream trucks are moving into the neighborhood. Love the art!

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Nothing will stop Henry from flying, except maybe gravity.

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A dog is called Lazybones because he doesn’t like to go for walks.

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To Phoebe, it seems like everything fun is happening tomorrow, and she doesn’t like to wait.

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Sixteen poems celebrate the ages and stages of being a robin. Cute!

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A playful cat follows a courageous fish to the moon and then to the ocean. (wordless)

A Lemur In The Library: Part One

A small tale for your enjoyment!

 

A LEMUR IN THE LIBRARY
Part One
by Lauri Fortino

 

Lemur

“Where did it come from?” asked the librarian.
“Madagascar, I think,” answered the page.
“I meant, how did it get here?”
The page shrugged.
The lemur climbed up the fiction stacks, pulling books off the shelf as it went.
It tore off the corner of James Patterson’s Zoo with its sharp, pointed teeth, but finding it too tough, dropped it to the floor with a thud.
It leaped from the top of the stack to the next one.
It paused just a moment to fluff its long, ringed tail with its tiny front claws before reaching down to grab a tasty looking romance novel, Debbie Macomber’s Here Comes Trouble.
It devoured half of the paperback before it jumped onto a table occupied by three hapless patrons.
One screamed and another knocked over a chair in his haste to make for the door.
The lemur hopped across the table on its hind legs, flicked its tail, and chattered loudly.
“What’s that smell?” asked the page.
“I’d better call animal control,” said the librarian, as she turned and rushed back to the office.
TO BE CONTINUED

*This story originally appeared in the newsletter of the Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville.

Picture Books At The Library 146

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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Russell and his dad build a tree fort in their new backyard.

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While shopping with her two dads, Harriet, who is wearing her penguin costume, gets carried away by a waddle of penguins.

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When a girl spills grape juice all over her new dress, a classmate wants to make her feel better by being kind. Sweet!

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Ruby and Violet Mutch have always collected things in pairs, but when their house will no longer hold everything, Ruby decides to move out.

Blue Monster loves new things, but things don’t stay new forever, and soon Blue Monster wants something newer. Will he ever be satisfied?

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A girl becomes pen pals with a Komodo dragon who tells her all about himself and dangers to his species.

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Sakura moves to America with her parents and misses her grandmother and the cherry blossom trees back in Japan.

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When Grandma says she’s seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn’t believe her–everyone knows tigers live in jungles, not gardens.

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A boy and his cat have a magical adventure on the night of the blue moon. Love all the blue!

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In a city filled with people and wonders, Adelaide feels lonely. Gorgeous art!

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While reading a book, a child is carried beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural landscape. Wonderfully whimsical!

Random Pic Of Cuteness: Writing Prompt #3

Just for fun, I’m sharing–at random–cute photos to inspire your picture book writing. Perhaps a picture will spark an idea for a character, setting, or even an entire story. Have fun!

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*All photos are available in the public domain or were taken by me, and are free to use and share.

Picture Books At The Library 145

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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Since the author is asleep, the illustrator decides to take over writing the story, but she may need some help.

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Neighbors and community workers alike work together when Big Tree, their favorite local landmark, is downed during a lightning storm.

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When something sad happens to Taylor, all the animals think they know how to help.

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Bob doesn’t like the chaos of New York City, so he decides to build a tree house in the cool, green calm of Central Park.

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After visiting the aquarium, Oliver decides to be an otter and tries to copy otter behavior at meals, while playing, and at bath time.

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A young girl joyfully creates art from everyday objects.

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Murray Bear is afraid to visit the waterfall, so with the help of his big sister, he makes a worry box and puts his worries inside.

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A little girl imagines all the things she can be and defies the negative voice inside that says she can’t succeed.

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Follow a boy through a day filled with the noisy joy of imaginative play. Fun!

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A girl is determined to express herself–no matter what. Lovely lyrical ode to creativity!

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Raccoon doesn’t want to be alone on a stormy night, but his neighbors each tell him they have no room to spare. Nice art!

My View Book Review: Microbes by Amy Gallagher

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Title: Microbes

Author/Illustrator: Amy Gallagher

Publisher/Year: ThunderStone Books/2017

Back Cover Blurb: Microbes are incredibly tiny organisms; they are so small that millions of them can fit on the head of a pin! These cells, though invisible to the naked eye, are vital to the human race and ecosystem.


Microbes is a nonfiction picture book that introduces kids to six types of microbes: bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, archaea, and protozoa. Each microbe is discussed in its own chapter. Information and facts are presented in a simple, straight-forward manner. Colorful microbial characters accompany the text and liven up the pages. A Terminology section in the back offers expanded definitions of scientific terms featured in the book.

Microbes is, effectively, a mini Microbiology lesson for older kids–ages 8-12–and even curious adults who’d like to learn more about the microscopic creatures that share our world. The book certainly takes a heavy subject and makes is accessible to kids and to those of us who may be completely clueless, like me.

Did you know that microbes exist everywhere, even in our own bodies?

Did you know that bacteria can survive in a variety of habitats, even the arctic?

Did you know that some algae can be found on the hair of sloths and polar bears?

Did you know that protozoa hunt and gather other microbes as food?

Those are just a few of the interesting facts I learned.

I have to admit, microbes are a fascinating topic. If you have a child at home who loves science, this book is for them. Or maybe this book is for you, if you want to find out why algae is green, why yeast makes dough rise, or why white blood cells are important. If none of that interests you, then pick the book up for the illustrations. Who knew microbes could look so cute?

Picture Books At The Library 144

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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When Morgan has bad dreams and is afraid to go to sleep at night, Nana brings him a plush lion to help him be brave.

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While Mr. Noah is building the ark, Mrs. Noah is busy making a very special coat.

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Marlo the dog sets off on an adventure among the dinosaurs.

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When Mae’s family moves to the city, she misses her garden.

A celebration of the special bond between best friends.

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Because Neither is different from the rabbits and birds in the land of This and That, it sets out to find a place where everyone is welcome. Love the message! Love the colors!

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After a bumpy start, the pig family’s picnic turns out just right. Super cute!

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Determined to be more than just a pebble, Rocky sets off to help his famous relatives. A clever book about rocks!

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A girl is disappointed when she receives a chicken as a birthday gift, until she realizes the chicken is planning a big surprise. Fun!

Random Pic Of Cuteness: Writing Prompt #2

Just for fun, I’m sharing–at random–cute photos to inspire your picture book writing. Perhaps a picture will spark an idea for a character, setting, or even an entire story. Have fun!

This one is in honor of Arbor Day!

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*All photos are available in the public domain or were taken by me, and are free to use and share.

Picture Books At The Library 143

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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A young girl explores the woods behind her house in search of elusive fairies.

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An energetic girl’s activities mimic those of animals, as she stretches like a cat, hangs like a bat, hops like a hare, and etc.

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Four rabbit siblings use their unique talents to devise a way to cross the stream and make friends with the squirrels who just moved there.

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Peep must find a way to convince Egg to use the potty.

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Blip is always plugged into her computer–until one day a blackout forces her to play outdoors. I like the contrast between the black and white of “indoors” and the colorfulness of “outdoors”!

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The Lago family’s new couch lands in Llama’s field, and just as he’s begun to love it, the family returns. Hilarious! Just look at that cover!

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Sapphire the dragon tries to make friends with the other animals, but they don’t want her around. Nice art!

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When her father leaves her at her grandmother’s house, a girl feels abandoned and lonely until she meets some animal friends. Sweet in both text and pictures!

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Marigold doesn’t like that her new little sister Daisy is getting so much attention. Funny!

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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A Busy Creature chomps and chews his way from A-Z. Funny!

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When Tough Tug sails to Alaska for the first time, he finds out what being a tug really means. Cute!

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When five elephants discover a new fruit at the top of a very tall tree, the race is on to see who can claim it first. Clever!

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Five little beavers are hard at work until, one by one, their friends whisk them away to play. Fun!

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A duckling enjoys a rainy day with his animal friends.

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A young girl ponders the colors of her world. Lovely and lyrical!

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Bernie heads out to make a duck delivery, but one of the ducks eats the directions, and now he can’t find his customer. Hilarious with a twist ending!