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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.

Chirri and Chirra are surprised by the magical world they discover in the tall grass of the meadow.

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Twins Dax and Zoe are ready for kindergarten, but, oh no, they’ll be in different classrooms!

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Frog has had enough of being sat on by Dog, so he changes the rules. Fun!

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Zoey the chicken creates a school in the barn for her friend Sam the pig.

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Arnold is nervous about his first day of kindergarten, so he becomes the brave Super Saurus.

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A boy goes searching for a bear at bedtime. Sweet!

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Manny puts on his invisible cape to stand up to a bully at school.

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Explains the rules a kid must follow to survive the perilous world of the lunch room.

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Here’s everything you need to know to help your teacher get ready for the first day of school.

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Sometimes being a boat is full of adventures on the high seas, but at other times, arguing passengers can run you aground.

Erin sneaks aboard her mother’s fishing boat to find out if the legend of Black Rock is true. Whimsical and artistic!

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Five unlikely heroes must save the Super Happy Magic Forest from Zorgoth, Super Slug of Doom.

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Grace and Walter’s father tells them a scary story about two children in a dark forest. Clever story within a story!

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Casey wants what his older sister has–a shimmery skirt, glittery nails, and a sparkly bracelet.

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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 Lucy’s friend Brock visits, Sparkle is jealous until he discovers he shares Brock’s love of drumming and dancing.

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Follow a little girl as she shares all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives.

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When your brother is a monkey, be prepared for messes and mayhem.

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Race cars line up, ready to zoom down mountains, past waterfalls, and through tunnels to the finish line. 

 

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Zombelina has an idea to help her new friend work through his show-and-tell day jitters.

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When her big sister is too busy to play, a little sister creates Sister Day.

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A cat explains why cats make much better pets than dogs.

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Two balls of clay have a great time shaping themselves into various animals.

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Time Out isn’t such a terrible punishment when you have a spaceship to board, a starry sky to visit, and a moon to circle.

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Mommy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is busy playing in her own imaginary world.

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Follow a little girl in author Patricia MacLachlan’s semi-autobiographical picture book and learn what it might take to grow up to become a writer.

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Millions of children around the world protest bath time every day.

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A little red train picks up a few uninvited passengers.

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When a class pet proves to be more than a handful, the students must convince their teacher to release him into the wild.

 

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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.

Gus wants to take tap dance lessons but he can’t afford tap shoes.

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A rivalry ensues when a new knishery opens up across the street from Benny’s parent’s shop.

 

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A mother Maiasaura dinosaur finds an egg and decides to care for it as if it were her own.

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Mitzi is determined to discover what the strange ingredient in her muffin is.

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Black Belt Bunny faces a serious challenge–making a salad. Cute!

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A hungry giant goes in search of some tasty children to eat. Fun read aloud!

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As George gets ready for school, he realizes he’s forgetting something, but he can’t figure out what.

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A little girl makes a sandwich for her father filled with all of his favorite things.

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When Amanda’s first day of kindergarten doesn’t go to plan, she decides to quit and join her brother in second grade.

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A hungry but generous giraffe gives away all of his apples to the other animals.

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Bear is determined to prepare for his party all by himself. He can get dressed, pick apples, and make sandwiches without help from anyone.

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The dinosaurs cause havoc all over the school.

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Two little mice hear all sorts of noises as they go about their day. Love the use of color in this one!

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Hector collects acorns of different shapes and sizes and stores them in his desk at school.

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All sorts of trains, from passenger to freight, are constantly on the move.

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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!