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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.

This group is overflowing with gorgeous art! 

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Two kids explore an abandoned house and imagine who might have lived there.

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As twilight falls, some animals come out to graze while others are settling in for the night.

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Separated from her mother, a young whale swims the oceans for decades until she finds a young girl who shares her vision of one planet for which all are responsible.

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Fred tries to keep still, but it’s so hard to keep that bouncy feeling inside.

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Follow the clues to guess which adorable baby animal appears on the next page.

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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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Amanda and Bitsy’s friendship may be ruined after they discover their birthday parties are on the same day.

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Jim connects each of his found objects–a stone, a key, and a button–to fantastical tales of why they are so important.

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Gideon was going to build the most stupendous sand castle the beach had ever seen–without his sister’s help.

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When Peter and his dog Nell arrive to school one day and discover the books missing, Detective Dog Nell is ready to solve the case.

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A dugong tries to convince two children that she is a mermaid.

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Nelly loves to wear her new swimsuit for everything—except for swimming.

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After twins Ally and Mae come home sick, it’s up to Nanny Paws to take care of them.

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Celebrates a diverse community on a Sunday morning at an inclusive church that welcomes all people. Great message!

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Kangaroo tries to make friends with Koala using bubbles. Sweet!

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On Mouse and Monster’s camping trip, things quickly go awry after Monster eats all of the supplies. Cute!

Little Owl is afraid of falling and will not try to fly until his friends persuade him to say a special word and keep trying even after he fails. I like the art!

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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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The friendship between a boy and a horse blossoms as the seasons pass.

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Russell’s family reunion is coming up and he is not looking forward to all of the hugging, hand shaking, and hair tousling he’ll receive from his unusual relatives.

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Cece and Isaac team up to discover the answer to their science project question: Do dogs eat vegetables?

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Rashin is an Iranian immigrant girl living in New York and excited about her first trip to Coney Island.

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As goat becomes more adventurous in her eating, the farmer and his family begin to notice that things have gone missing.

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Henry is fascinated by the bees his Aunt cares for and wants to help, but she says he must wait until he’s older.

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In this whimsical celebration of the senses, we learn that when the mind and body are calm, we can see that all of life is still and moving, just like us.

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Bear is determined to find the spider that’s building messy webs all over his house. Cute!

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Two children notice all the beautiful colors that surround them on a rainy summer day in the country. Great as both a concept book and a fun, rhyming story!

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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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Every week, Zaida delivers bagels fresh from the bakery to his grandson, but when he falls and must rest for two weeks, who will get the bagels?

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A long time ago, before email and texting, mail was delivered in a much slower way.

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While camping, Bear tells Mole the story of how the First Bears created the moon and the stars.

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A child explains how his parent’s lives used to be boring before he was born.

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Max is an expert at grocery shopping because his mom makes him go every week. 

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Since Box can’t jump and Circle can’t sit, they must find a way to play together. Cute!

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A chick and a puppy become barnyard friends. Adorable!

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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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While Harry and his baby brother are getting ready for bed, their father is starting work as a conductor on the overnight train from London to Penzance.

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Prankster Kaylee tries to trick the tooth fairy with disastrous results.

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Elephant wants to build something as tall as he is, but can he keep it from toppling over?

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You’re invited to a glorious Fourth of July picnic, where you’ll learn all about sharing. Lovely!

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After LaRue, a handy bunny, grows a giant carrot he figures out a way to use it to help his friends. Cute!

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A shy and anxious boy feels sick the day he’s supposed to wear his starfish costume for the parade at school. Great illustrations!

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A dog looking for a home sends letters to prospective owners on Butternut Street. This one made me sad. Thank goodness for happy endings!

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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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An otter named Randal leaves home to become an elephant. Sweet, funny, and love the art!

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Career Day is approaching, and Annie can’t wait to show the school and her family what she wants to be when she grows up.

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When Bif finds a big red rock blocking his path, he enlists the help of his friends to move it.

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When an ice cream cone lands on Keith the cat’s head and his friends laugh at him, he pretends it’s a magic hat. Cute and colorful!

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Follow the growth of a tree through the seasons.

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Two ducks gaze into the clear water of their pond and discover other ducks. Sweet!

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Follow Kalayaan, an eagle shot by a hunter, as he is rescued by kind villagers and eventually released back into the wild.

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Tired of being teased about her hair, MacKenzie seeks the help of her neighbor Miss Tillie who compares hair care to tending a garden.

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Frank the French bulldog is lost. Important evidence and maps will help track his steps and find him. Clever!

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Artist Emma scolds her dog, Muse, for changing one of her paintings, but when he leaves, so does her creativity. Perfect for those of us inspired by our dogs!

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When the night grows stormy, only Mama Elephant can reassure the baby animals that they are safe. Unusual and interesting art for a picture book!

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Charlotte has a talent for anything technological, but when she receives a doll for a gift, she’s not quite sure what to do with it. Fantastic art!

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Jack the horse escapes his stall and gets into all sorts of trouble on the farm. Cute!

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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 group of children say goodbye to a beloved pet turtle who has died.

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Olive needs some time away from her little brother Will.

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Celebrates the milestones and accomplishments of childhood from first birthday to graduation. Sweet!

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Get ready for some wild dancing and find out what really happens at the zoo after dark. Fun!

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Fox and Chick are good friends who don’t always get along. Cute!

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When Albert the bear’s favorite tree won’t stop crying, Albert tries everything he can think of to cheer it up.

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Four chickens flee the coop, roam the world, and return home just in time to roost.

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A celebration of friendship that focuses on what makes a person special.

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A little girl and her brother imagine all the things that will grow if they plant the sand they brought home from the beach. Darling story and pictures!

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Chaos spreads around the world as Petronilla transfers color to everything she touches. Interesting art!

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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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Thief Jack enlists the help of a duck to break into a safe.

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Vincent the cat lives on a cargo ship, but he has never had a real home.

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A page turns every time you blink, bringing you closer to the end of the book–and bedtime.

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The perfect gift of all is the world itself in its natural beauty through every season.

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When a dragon catches a cold, setting off fires with its sneezes, a wizard comes to the rescue with a magic potion.

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Rupert the rhino becomes flustered when Levi the tickbird lands on him one day and won’t go away. Great art!

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People use their teeth to bite all sorts of things, but not other people. Fun!

Interview Alert: Children’s Librarians Jenny and Emily

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Children’s Librarians (from left to right) Emily and Jennifer

Two of the busiest staff members at the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville are the children’s librarians, Jenny Burke and Emily Wormuth. They’re gearing up for the craziest time of the year, summer, when the Library draws in hundreds of kids for the Summer Reading Program. Right now, Jenny and Emily are in the midst of visiting local schools, telling the kids all about the myriad of events and activities the Library has lined up–all summer long–from the end of June until the end of August. School visits are also a great time to introduce the kids to some of the cool things the Library has to offer everyday.

Of course, Jenny and Emily are busy the rest of the year too, presenting daily story times, special themed events, and lots of opportunities for kids to engage in reading, learning, crafting, dancing, and having fun. They also help patrons find just the right books.

Aside from all of that, they make purchasing decisions, choosing books and media that they believe will be good additions to the Library’s children’s collection. Picture books make up a large portion of the items that they order. Lucky for us, Jenny and Emily found some time to answer a few questions about picture books!

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Q. How do you decide whether or not to purchase a particular picture book for the library’s collection? What criteria do you use?

Jenny: I follow my library’s collection development policy in choosing books to purchase for the Children’s Collection. I want to ensure our collection meets the needs of our community, is well rounded, and appeals to a variety of people. I focus on books I know will be popular with kids, whether it’s because of a subject area, popular author or series.

Q. How important are reviews, such as those found in Kirkus Reviews or School Library Journal, in making a purchasing decision?

Jenny: Pretty important. I’d say the majority of my book selections come from reviews in Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal. Like most public libraries, I have a set budget for the year that I need to adhere to, so I want to focus monies on books that are well-reviewed or that I know our patrons will want. But, the review journals are just a guiding point. I will purchase books that kids ask for, or I know are popular series.

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Q. How do you use picture books in story-time settings? And for different age groups?

Jenny: No matter how old they are, kids love being read aloud to! At the library, I do story time for ages 0-5 and one for preschoolers ages 3-5. For these ages, I choose picture books with a rhyming quality, or sing-along books – they love those! Basically, you want less text and engaging illustrations, so you can talk about what is going on in the story. For older age groups, I still use that model, but will pick picture books that may be longer. You can’t lose with a funny story, I’ve found!

Emily: The best picture books for story time are the ones with big, beautiful pictures and an easy-to-follow story. Our story times are organized by age, so we choose books that are appropriate for that particular age. I present the Babies and Books story time, so I’m looking for books with fewer words, bolder pictures and repetitive language. I love it when the kids can read the book along with me.

Q. How do you choose your story-time themes? Do you always have a theme?

Jenny: Themes are a guiding point for me. I pick them based upon the season, what I’ve done in the past that’s successful, or sometimes I’ll find books and base a theme upon the book. I don’t always have a theme, but when I do, it helps me plan my songs, rhymes, and crafts. That being said, I don’t let the theme dictate what I’m doing in story time. Sometimes I find books that I just want to read aloud and I go with it!

Emily: I find it easier to put a story time together if I’m working with a theme. I can then choose books, music and activities that follow that theme. I think it’s easier for the children to actively participate if there’s a theme. “What animal are we going to sing about today?” “Elephants!” shout the toddlers. After doing this for a few years, Jenny and I both have a pretty good idea of what books and materials we have to support a theme, so that helps when we’re choosing themes. It’s best not to get too complicated; animal, trucks and seasonal themes all work well. For example, we always do an Apple Picking story time in the fall because that’s an activity many kids are doing.

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Q. Is there anything you’d like to see more of in picture books published today-either fiction or nonfiction (e.g. subject matter, characters, settings, themes, concepts, etc.)?

Jenny: With the We Need Diverse Books campaign, I’ve seen some great books – both fiction and nonfiction – that have been published in the past couple of years. Keep ‘em coming! We need their stories, now more than ever.

Emily: I love books about girls doing things we (traditionally, unfairly) associate with boys. Bring on the books about women truck drivers and construction workers. And kids love books about misbehaving children, but they’re often too often boys. 

Thank you, Jenny and Emily, for taking time out of your busy schedules to talk picture books! Hooray for children’s librarians and all that they do for kids in our communities!

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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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Mama and little Toad help their friends who are stranded on the road.

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Caroline is distracted all day at school because her parents are bringing home someone very special for her to meet.

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As Max and Marla set out for the perfect picnic, they learn that getting along isn’t always easy, but best friends can’t stay mad for long. Nice art!

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The bears are enjoying a picnic until a feisty wind swoops their kites away and the little bears too. Adorable addition to this series!

 

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Big Brown Bear’s cave just doesn’t feel like home, so he fills it with stuff–all sorts of stuff.

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Izzy gets frustrated when her inventions fail to work, but when she finds an injured crow, she knows just what to do to help.

 

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Hot Dog is chilling out on his comfy bread with some corn and a couple of fries when disaster strikes. Cute!