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.)
No More Ratings
Okay, you’re going to think I’m nutsy, but I really gave this a lot of thought. I’ve decided to do away with my rating system. My rating system, as those of you who have been following my Picture Books At The Library posts know, has been changed a few times over the past year. Recently, I settled on a simple 🙂 = Good, 🙂 🙂 = Great, and 🙂 🙂 🙂 = Excellent.
But it dawned on me the other day why I’ve not been satisfied with my rating system. What if it was my book in someone else’s list on someone else’s blog? And it didn’t get a smile, not even one! Well, I would be kind of sad. I don’t want to make any hardworking author or illustrator sad. I’m all about spreading the happy. And besides, I can find something to like in just about every picture book I read.
The reason I post these lists is so you can go out and find these books and formulate your own opinions about what you’ve read. Perhaps you’ll discover a few intriguing new titles.
So, no more ratings here on Frog on a Blog. But here’s what I will do; when I come across a picture book that is, in my humble opinion, over-the-top fantastic, I’ll point that out. And if I have time, I’ll even try to explain why I think the book is extra special.
Enough about that, here’s this week’s Picture Books At The Library.
Teeny’s mama is stuck in a bucket. Her big, strong brothers rush to save the day, but soon they’re in trouble too. Now it’s up to Teeny to be the hero.
Niko wants Sasha to come play with him in his spaceship, but his sister Posh has other ideas.
In search of writing ideas, an author takes a walk with his dog around the neighborhood.
One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat.
From the time she wakes at 8 a.m. until the curtain rises at 8 p.m., a prima ballerina’s day is busy, busy, busy with classes, rehearsals and fittings.
A polar bear grieves over the loss of his companion, based on the real-life Gus and Ida of New York’s Central Park Zoo.
Swooping and squawking, flapping and fluttering…birds of all shapes and sizes are celebrated in this tale of extraordinary plumage.
Bo is lonely. So he sets out to find a new friend. And that new friend just happens to be an egg.
A little boy digs, plays, and explores in his garden.
Spring is here and new life is stirring. There is so much for Big Bear to teach her cub as they leave their den and step into the forest.
An update of the classic folk song Old MacDonald, featuring farm vehicles like excavator, dump truck, and bulldozer.
Anna and Crocodile set off on a dangerous adventure to find gold.