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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.

Fabulous mix of artistic talent in this bunch!!!

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Little Excavator wants to do what the big trucks do, but he’s too small.

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A prim and proper mouse tries to convince the reader that nothing interesting will happen in the book.

A little monster has trouble finding suitable new underwear.

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Babies are cared for by loved ones in every way and grow up in the blink of an eye.

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Little Plane is good at arcs and dives, but he has trouble doing loopity-loops.

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Garcia and Colette can’t agree on where to explore, so they set out on independent expeditions.

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Wally is a boa constrictor who loves hugs, but his friends from school are afraid of getting hugs from him.

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A child searches for the perfect spot to read.

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Sometimes it’s fun to be wet and sometimes it’s not. There are all kinds of ways to get wet.

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Celebrate life with animals of every kind. All around lovely!

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A sweeping view of America, its strength and inclusiveness, from sea to shining sea. Beautiful paintings!

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Two children are left behind at the zoo after dark, and that’s when the magic happens. Fantastic illustrations!

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On a rainy day, Hare finds many things to complain about until Bear finally has had enough. Incredible artwork!

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A little girl and a group of animals challenge the reader to a staring contest. Clever concept!

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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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Two mice each claim the boulder, until someone bigger intervenes.

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When Danny’s sister doubts his boast that he can drink the entire sea, he not only proves he was right, he swallows everything else too.

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A little girl shares magical secrets about her backyard world. 

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Energetic and enthusiastic Ladybug Girl visits the museum with her grandfather.

Meet a whole host of baby animals and learn how their parents keep them safe.

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Muddle prepares a surprise picnic for his best friend, Mo. But will Mo eat it?

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With flute in hand and drums in tow, Benny teaches the other babies how to put on a show.

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Lou can do a lot of things, but she’s never climbed a tree. Is she brave enough to try?

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From Afghan hounds to zuchons, count these canines of every shape and size as they enjoy their favorite thing: riding in cars.

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When best friends Fox, Rabbit, Hedgehog, and Mouse discover a book in the woods, they set off to return it to its owner.

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A boy recounts all the “bad guy” stuff he did throughout the week.

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Mingo the flamingo is injured and becomes lost during his first migration.

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New in the neighborhood, Colette desperately wants to make friends, so she makes up a story about a lost pet.

Barkus, a large dog, comes to live with Nicky when her uncle goes traveling.

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Pete is not a boulder, or a squirrel, or a bird. He’s a little elephant who doesn’t like to wear pants. Cute!

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Ethel the cat, who is very set in her ways, is surprised when, in the course of her usual day, she unexpectedly turns blue. Sweet!

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A girl and her puppy get to know one another. Adorable!

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Letter C and K argue when K accuses C of stealing all the best words that start with the “k” sound. Clever with really fun art too!

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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 jaguar asks a coati who asks a cockatiel who asks a sloth to wake him up in exactly ten minutes. Will the sloth be able to stay awake that long?

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In this fictional story, Amelia Simmons, writer of the first American cookbook, creates an Independence Cake in 1789 to offer the newly elected President, George Washington.

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Lonely Blobfish invites everyone to a party, but miscommunication leads to unexpected results. 

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Percy tells a lie, and it turns into a monster. As Percy’s guilt grows, so does the monster, which gets hungrier and hungrier.

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A shy little girl wears a cat mask to help her feel braver.

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Life was sweet for Benedict the bear until the day the bees went on strike. Great early intro to beekeeping!

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Next week there’s a talent show for grandparents at school. Jeremy’s worried that his grandma doesn’t have any special talents.

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A boy accompanies his grandfather on the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a demonstration in Washington, DC, on Memorial Day to pay tribute to American veterans.

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A little girl gets ready for school, almost all by herself.

 

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A lonely fisherman nurses an injured bird back to health then alters his course in order to take the bird home.

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Children tend to a garden, digging, planting, watering, and weeding.

 

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Moo Moo the cow decides she wants to be a ballerina.

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When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank, there are rough seas ahead.

 

 

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At the end of the school year, the children of Room 3 and Mrs. McBee find their own ways of helping each other get ready to leave and say good-bye.

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Follow a gorilla family as they imagine their baby’s future. Great gift for a graduation or baby shower!

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All the forest animals want the gold leaf for themselves. Beautifully illustrated!

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A young girl spies on her new neighbor, a boy who is building something from planks of the fence between their backyards. Nearly wordless with a lovely message and clever use of color!

 

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A young girl helps her grandfather adjust to his new home in the city by inventing a fantastical fishing game. Super imaginative!

 

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A little boy must give up his new dog after he gets hurt caring for him, but never gives up on his dreams of them being together. Incredibly moving!

 

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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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Join a young girl and her father, the falconer at a medieval castle, as they experience the joys of taking a goshawk out for a training flight.

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Lucy is not tired and she is not going to take a nap today.

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When something happens that’s terrific, you can’t help but feel a sense of happiness and wonder. Share that feeling with someone else.

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When a lengthy to-do list gets in the way of playtime with dad, one boy turns obstacle into opportunity.

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Little Pig is too small to go to sailing camp with his brothers and sisters, so his grandfather makes him a model ship to sail on the stream.

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Each day, rain or shine, Honey works in her garden, and each day, the little girl who lives next door is right by her side.

Follow a gecko as he scurries through the grass and trees searching for food and avoiding danger.

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Horse, Cat, Goat, and Pig practice their instruments, filling the barnyard with happy sounds.

Big Bear doesn’t pay attention to the old oak tree when it tells him to share his berries with his friends.

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On her ranch, Lexie watches over baby letters while they grow into words; she herds words into sentences and hitches sentences together to tell a story.

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Lucy knows how to do everything. When Toshi arrives, Lucy thinks he does everything wrong because he does things differently.

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A long-empty birdcage takes a chance and leaves behind its attic home to find a bird to keep.

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Discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment.

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A mother and son use a unique call and response phrase to stay connected, even when Mom has to be away.

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Inspector Croissant begs Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to help him find the source of a terrible odor.

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When Shark Dog gets homesick, will he decide to return to Shark Dog Island or will he stay with his new best friend?

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The letter B is missing from this book. Until it comes back, the reader is going to sound really, really silly.

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Ice Boy has been told to never go outside, but he wants more from life, so he goes to the beach. Cute!

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A little fox explores the forest during his very first year. Sweet!

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The mailman works hard to create peace and happiness in the neighborhood by delivering letters to everyone, but he never receives any letters himself. Gorgeous art!

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Goat keeps telling Frog he is not a unicorn, but Frog truly believes he is. Will the power of positive thinking cause real magic to happen? Tons of fun!

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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 little girl imagines herself as Wonder Woman.

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Hattie makes friends with the monster in the lake and saves him from being captured by the townspeople. Gorgeous illustrations!

Reginald the T. Rex feels like an outcast because he prefers to eat fruits and vegetables instead of meat.

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Three robot brothers have trouble falling asleep.

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A young boy decides that he is ready to jump off of the diving board.

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Fifteen children’s book artists draw their favorite colors and explain why they love them.

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From flip-flops to fireworks, summer has something for everyone.

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The ghost of a goldfish searches for a new home and a friend.

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A little bulldozer wants to help the other trucks, but a little surprise keeps him from doing his job.

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Two little nuts keep on rolling and rolling until they finally roll all the way home.

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Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, yawn, and stretch, and sometimes they pile into a stack.

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An energetic youngster tries to coax his dad out of bed very early in the morning.

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A toad in the road causes chaos and car crashes.

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A toddler creates Godzilla-like mayhem.

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A fox becomes a little chicks daddy.

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An interesting group of characters put a robot together, wind him up, and watch him go.

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Even the biggest blunders can spark the brightest inspiration when you’re an artist. Clever!

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Two cockatoos make stew for two toucans and some gnus too. Clever wordplay!

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Number 6 claims that 7 ate 9 and now 7 is after him. Fun!

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Sukie, a small dog, is afraid of everything. How will she overcome her fears to save her beloved stuffed monkey. 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.

Lots of cute and sweet in this bunch!

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Wherever Gloria goes, she spreads glitter along the way, even through town. The townsfolk have had enough.

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Nina is determined to go fishing with her grandfather on his old banca boat even though he says a boat is not a place for girls.

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Long ago, there lived a princess named Cinnamon, with pearls for eyes, who never spoke, until a tiger came to the palace and changed everything.

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When Wade’s antlers become wiggly and he realizes they’ll be falling out soon, he tries his best to keep them as long as possible.

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Cub is full of energy and wants to play and explore, but Tiger just wants to take a nap.

The fruit have a dance party in the kitchen while we’re all asleep at night.

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A badger wants to know what his rabbit friend is waiting for and asks lots of questions in order to get clues and guess.

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Discover what airplanes, helicopters, and blimps do to get ready for bed after a hard day’s work.

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When the moles are running low on food, it’s up to Morris, the littlest one, to save the day.

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A little girl takes care of her beloved baby doll.

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Pirate dinosaurs sail across the sea in search of buried treasure.

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A father expresses his love for his son through a love song.

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A mother and child plant flower bulbs in the fall, wait through the winter, and see them bloom in the spring.

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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, expecting a kitten for a pet, receives a lion instead, and must learn the proper way to care for it.

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As Little Red is transported across the countryside, down a river, and through the city, he feels anxious about his destination.

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Feeling unappreciated during the performance, a magician’s assistant grabs the wand and performs some feats of her own.

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Three little pugs set out, each with a plan to build the perfect house, but the big, bad cat is lurking nearby.

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Kids have all kinds of feelings and questions when their moms or dads are incarcerated.

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Norton and Alpha always find a use for the things they collect on their walks together, but one day, they encounter something very unusual and very baffling.

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To build a surprise, the carpenter ants measure caterpillars, butterflies, and other insect friends in units of ants.

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Celebrate the third year, full of make-believe, new friends, and growing independence.

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A spot runs away from its cheetah and has many exciting adventures.

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All the animals are afraid of the Giant Jumperee who is hiding inside Rabbit’s burrow.

A boy walks through the forest and discovers all the wonders within.

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Shawn loves sharks more than anything, so he isn’t happy when Stacy is assigned ‘sharks’ for the big class project and he’s stuck with ‘seals’.

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Sea Monkey is afraid he might sink and Bob is afraid he might float. But together they are safe.

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George wants to build the best sand castle ever, but when he meets a strange new creature, the night takes an unexpected turn. Sweet with A+ illustrations!

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When Clem goes out one day, Shorty finds a package addressed to Clem. He will most definitely not open it. So Much Fun!!

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Plankton tries hard to get Mister Mussel to return a friendly greeting, but when Mussel finally opens his mouth, the results are unfortunate for Plankton. 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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Donkey tries to convince the farmer that all the other animals have left the farm, but the farmer doesn’t believe him.

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Flowers can resemble other things, like birds, ballerinas, and monkeys.

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While fishing, Mr. and Mrs. Muskrat meet a giant, magical fish who grants them one wish.

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All around the world, families carry their little ones in many different ways.

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When the wind interferes with everything Argyle Fox tries to play outside, his mother suggests he think of something made for a windy day.

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Grizzle Grump has just woken from his long winter slumber, and he’s hungry.

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It’s time for all of Hattie Peck’s children to leave the nest.

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At the end of a long day guarding the galaxy, it is time for Groot to settle down.

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When an alligator shows up to class one day, Mrs. Iraina and her ballet students are very surprised, but welcome her into the class anyway.

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Little Lion is teased by the other animals for being so small, but he finds a way to prove his worth.

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Joseph puts a plan into action to discover what his parents do at night after they tuck him into bed.

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As war rages, Peter and his father flee their home, taking with them a treasure more precious than jewels.

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A bug decides to take up residence in the fur of a grumpy bear.

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Ollie is jealous of his baby cousin Lily because his grandma seems to love her more than him. Beautiful art!

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When Zebra accidentally steps on Lion’s toe, Lion gets angry and begins chasing Zebra in what turns out to be a remarkable show. Fun!

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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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Little Shaggy, a fuzzy monster, is tired of everyone calling him little until his mother brings home his new baby sister.

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Pandora lives alone in a world of broken things. One day, something falls from the sky…a bird with a broken wing.

A tortoise from the Galapagos Islands goes on an adventure–at her own speed.

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Two friends discuss things that are scarier than riding the roller coaster.

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When Swanda first moves to the city, she misses the wildlife she left behind. But she soon discovers that Brooklyn has a wildlife of its own: pigeons.

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For the rabbits, birds, and squirrels, the tree is home, but when two new arrivals show up to create their dream house, the tree is in jeopardy.

When Lola’s beautiful wool is cut off, she runs away and hides, until the day she discovers a surprise.

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When Charlotte asked her parents for a pet, a rock wasn’t exactly what she had in mind.

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A girl living in a dangerous city finds a way to feel safe as she goes about her day.

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A king’s daughter undertakes a difficult task to rescue her six brothers from the enchantment imposed on them by their wicked stepmother.

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It’s time to go to the pool. But a fruit should never forget her suit.

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Fleeing a home destroyed in the Syrian Civil War, Sami worries about the pet pigeons he left behind.

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A letter from someone who was once an exasperating second grader reveals her experiences with a teacher who brought out the best in her.

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As winter approaches, a bird and her chick flee south, a mouse and her child build a nest, and a rabbit pair races ahead of a wolf and cub, all seeking home. Lovely!

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Louie has a great life–the life every chihuahua dreams of, until things suddenly change and Louie wonders if he should run away. Love, love, love the ending!

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Olivia wants to hear what’s being said about her, so she blends in as best as she can. Hilarious!

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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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Poppy Louise is not afraid of snakes, spiders, roller coasters, or the dark, but there may just be one thing that scares her.

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When his new born sister is not what he expected, a boy struggles to accept her.

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Little Wolf can hardy wait. Tonight he will howl the moon to the top of the sky. Can he do it just like Big Wolf? Clever!

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Colin is tall and orange. Lee is round and green. Can they ever be friends?

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A sister and brother witness something extraordinary in the woods and make some new friends.

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Little Hippo is the youngest and smallest in his family and sometimes feels like the tiniest animal in the world.

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When Sam starts to organize his things, he quickly runs into trouble. Where should he put things that belong in more than one category?

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A young boy wakes up on a summer morning and looks out at the sea. He goes about his day, but all the while, his mind strays to his father who is digging for coal deep beneath the sea.

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Boats of all shapes and sizes travel on the river, through every season, toward the sea.

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Jackson’s mom is getting married, and Jackson is nervous about his role and his new family.

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Charlotte, a serious scientist, uses the scientific method to solve her problem: being squished by her many brothers and sisters.

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Celebrate the differences and similarities between ten families as they eat, sleep, work, and play together.

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This rhyming tale envisions the bedtime rituals of animals from whales to otters, squirrels to gorillas.

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Liam wants to play with his twin brothers, but they’re always competing and things get out of hand.

Raisin has a lot of favorite things, but change is not one of them, and when her mother has a new baby, everything changes for the worse. Adorable!