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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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Napoleon the chameleon tries to make friends with the animals that live near him in the jungle, but has a hard time being seen.

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A young child realizes the connection between the natural world and himself and gives thanks.

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A skater leaves lines across the ice and the page. 

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Spending all of his time on social media making online friends, Nerdy Birdy neglects his live friend Vulture.

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Two dogs decide to follow their dads when they leave for yet another trip, but end up having an adventure of their own.

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When William stumbles upon a delivery of food destined for Fairy-tale Headquarters, he decides to spice things up.

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A young boy and his father awake early to go fishing on the shores of a small pond.

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A bossy girl named Maddie tries to tell Ally and her friends that they have to follow her rules.

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Two dinosaur friends go for a drive, but the driver can’t resist the urge to honk the horn.

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Maria and her family spend the day making applesauce.

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Pepper goes with her mother to the tailor to have a dress made just for her.

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Children excitedly discuss the details of their upcoming birthdays.

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Explore the mysteries of life and death–mourn those who have passed, but celebrate those who have been born.

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Lulu is sick and can’t go outside to climb trees, her favorite thing to do, so she finds another way to climb a tree.

A child walks an old dog very, very slowly.

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A ghost is too afraid to go into the scary dark woods.

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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 toddler enjoys the range of sounds he hears as his busy day comes to an end.

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Uni the unicorn brings a little girl to meet the other unicorns so that they’ll finally believe.

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When a mysterious shopkeeper tells Isaac about a legendary book that holds the answers to every question ever asked, he embarks on a lifelong search for the Book of Gold.

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A boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba in their old family car.

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It’s time for Flynn to sleep in his first big boy bed, but there’s one rather large problem–a walrus!

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A twist on the classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady’s mattress to see if she truly is a princess.

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Goose is all packed up and ready to cross the street to the picnic spot. What could go wrong?

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After tossing and turning in his bed, a little boy embarks on a nighttime quest to find a cozy place to rest.

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Groovy Joe doesn’t get upset when his house fills up with dancing dogs. He keeps on rocking.

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Little Chengdu the panda tries to do as much as he can on his own, until he learns he could use some help.

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One night, both Bunny and Dog see a shooting star. Could this shared moment be the start of a friendship.

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A child on a trip with his mom, who only wants to play his video game, goes outside to explore.

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When all of the apples are missing from the tree, Fox sets off to solve the mystery.

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Robot has lost his arm. He searches everywhere, but cannot find it. Incredible cut paper art!

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Two sheep set out on an adventure and meet a third sheep who may actually be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Funny and clever!

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In this nearly wordless alphabet book, a little cat runs away and gets caught up in a wild chase that goes everywhere from A to Z. Also funny and clever!

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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.

There’s a book for every taste in this batch!

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A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.

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A group of kids finds a way to enjoy the day, rain or shine, indoors or out.

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A girl who cannot sleep decides to count sheep and other woolly animals by ones, twos, fives, and tens.

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When the sun goes down, the gorillas come out to dance and play.

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Hippo feels bad that he didn’t bring anything to the picnic, so he sets off to find some berries for his friends.

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Ben loves the very large, very unusual “dog” he adopted, but the townsfolk don’t appreciate the trouble she’s causing.

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When firefighter duckies rescue everyone and everything, chaos ensues.

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A new twist on the classic tale of the hunt for Moby Dick.

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Jack and the townsfolk are tired of eating beans, so Jack climbs up the beanstalk to find something else to eat.

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Counts up ten dogs who are waiting in a shelter, then counts back down to one as each is adopted.

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Rodney’s class goes on a field trip to the park, but it’s not the park Rodney expects.

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A curious cat wonders who owns the moon and all manner of creatures from a bird to the ocean claim it as theirs. Fun to read! Great for repeat readings!

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In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle, and bait and push a red canoe into the lake. Lovely art!

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Philomena gets new glasses, so sister Audrey gets some too. Sister Nora Jane thinks if both of them have them, then shouldn’t she? Adorable!

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Buddy and Earl enjoy their time in school–Buddy as student and Earl as teacher. Cute addition to the series!

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Whobert the owl sets out to solve the case of who killed Perry the Possum. Clever!

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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 Mama hears Brooks and Mikey fighting over yet another toy, she takes it away.

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A young boy tracks down an elusive ghost in the hidden rooms of a fantastical magic shop.

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Bear has made a den for himself, and chairs and tables and beds, but something is still missing.

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When school supplies go missing, Chico the monkey investigates the mystery.

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A girl is excited when the circus comes to town, but her family is too busy with farm chores to enjoy it.

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Princess Truly’s adventures are a celebration of individuality, girl power, diversity, and dreaming big.

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Eli the dog has been with Astrid since she was a baby, and now that Eli is getting older, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him. Sweet!

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Mama Lion and Tigey compete in a cross country road race where they discover that coming in first isn’t what makes you a winner.

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Sadie and Sherman set out to save a goldfish that was tossed into the ocean by an ungrateful girl.

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Lily the lamb imagines she’s a gymnast, a cowboy, a cupid, and more, but her big imagination gets her into even bigger trouble. Love the art!

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Little Philbert the mouse tries everything he can think of to get fellow tea lover Oliver the cat’s attention.

Engineer Arielle drives her train through Jerusalem on Israel Independence Day.

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A troupe of merry volunteers attempt to rescue poor Billy Bloo from the goo, only to find themselves stuck as well.

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Six playful penguins follow simple clues that lead them to find each letter of the alphabet.

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It’s almost the first day of school and Bonaparte is literally falling to pieces. Love the art in this one too!

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The kittens need a teacher. Is cat up for the toughest job yet? Fun addition to the Cat series!

Returning Soon: Picture Books At The Library

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a new Picture Books At The Library list is several weeks. The reason I haven’t is because my library was in the process of moving into a brand-new building and no new items, books or media, had been ordered or received for the collection during that time. 

But now we are all settled into our beautiful, modern, two-story, built-from-the-ground up, completely new building, and ordering has resumed. Items that had been on hold at our vendors have been arriving, including picture books. That means I’ll be posting a list of shiny new picture books next Monday.

In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, I’ve got pictures of the new Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville to share with you. 

*All photos are the property of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

Front Entrance

Front Entrance of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

Upper and Lower Level

A view of the upper and lower levels of the Library

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One of the coolest spaces in the Library is the teen room. We call it the Vault.

 

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The Provisions Express cafe in the Library’s lobby

 

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This is me standing on the outdoor patio. The photo was taken through the window from inside the Library and you can see the books reflected in the glass.

The Library also features the Hive, our makerspace for all sorts of creative endeavors, several community rooms for group meetings and tutoring, a green roof with solar panels and plants (including chives, Angelina stonecrop, and Aizoon stonecrop), and a spacious, colorful children’s room with a gorgeous mural depicting the Erie Canal, done by local artists Elliott Mattice and Kathy Maio. Here’s one section of the three-piece mural:

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The centerpiece of the Library’s Erie Canal themed mural by Elliott Mattice and Kathy Maio

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop by, say hi, and check out our new Library (and a few picture books, too)! 🙂