Picture Books At The Library 72

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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.)

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A young boy with an unusual name, which is the same as his father’s, wants to change his name to something that fits him better.

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Three sisters who take weekly trips to the zoo always buy food to feed the animals and never buy anything for themselves. Because of their kindness, a vendor gives them each a magical balloon.

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Charlie visits his grandparents for two weeks each summer, but always feels lonely, until he discovers an old bridge he can bong like a bell and receives a response from somewhere off in the distance.

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A young boy is frustrated because his gorilla won’t go to bed.

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A simple box can be a child’s most imaginative plaything.

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Senor Sasquatch wants to relax beside Mr. Blobule’s pool without getting wet, but he is constantly splashed by the other guests.

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Poetic text celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.

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A little boy named Sam takes a trip to the beach and meets a new friend, but leaves behind his stuffed bunny Jump when it’s time to go home.

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Joey loves things that fold. When he gets the chance to learn origami, he discovers that practice and patience lead to perfect paper cranes.

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As the seasons change, a mother explains how the love for her child knew to blossom in her heart naturally, like the wonder of the great outdoors.

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A father tells his young son the story behind each of his tattoos.

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A father acts like a boy and a boy like the father while visiting the zoo; and they both leave exhausted.

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A sword, a shield, and a helmet are found in the stove, but who put them there?

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Grandpa teaches energetic little Mei Mei to do tai chi while she teaches him to do yoga.

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It’s Alice’s birthday, but her friend Gertrude seems to have forgotten. Or has she?

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Ming is curious and playful and ready for adventure, but even she gets scared of new things sometimes.

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A boy has a problem. He tries to avoid it, but it gets bigger. When he finally musters up the courage to face it, it turns out to be something quite different than expected.

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Penguin is grumpy from his grumpy hat all the way down to his grumpy socks.

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Bertie the giraffe leads a very predictable life, until one day, he meets Blue, who shows him the world in a new way.

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It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a bit nervous, especially the school.

 

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