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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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SCOUT THE MIGHTY TUGBOAT: When an oil tanker in distress is too heavy for Scout to pull alone, she calls on her tugboat friends to help.
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MY DAY WITH GONG GONG: When May spends the whole day with her grandpa in Chinatown, she’s bored, hungry, and unhappy, until grandpa surprises her with some special treats.
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GOODNIGHT MERMAID: In this aquatic take on Goodnight Moon, meet mermaids, whales, and other ocean creatures. Rhyme
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OUR LITTLE KITCHEN: A crew of resourceful neighbors comes together to prepare a meal for their community in a joyfully chaotic kitchen.
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MARGARET’S UNICORN: When Margaret discovers a baby unicorn while out exploring the wilderness around her new home, she must care for it until the other unicorns return in the spring.
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SWIFT FOX ALL ALONG: When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her Mi’kmaq family and tells her she’ll learn to be like them, butterflies fill up her belly.
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TIME FOR BED’S STORY: Bed has a lot of complaints about how he’s treated by the child who owns him, such as too much kicking and drooling and too many stickers. Cute!
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LITTLE BLUE HOUSE BESIDE THE SEA: A girl loves living by the sea, from watching boats go by to exploring nature to seeing the moon shine on the water, but when a storm blows in, she retreats inside her little blue house. Rhyme
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I AM DARN TOUGH: A girl finishes a race, even after she’s fallen, even with aching muscles and a cramp in her side because she is strong on the inside and the outside.
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ELBOW GREASE: FAST FRIENDS: Monster truck Elbow Grease and his brothers meet a monster cycle, Chopper, and hope to be her friend, until she proves to be faster, smarter, more daring, and tougher than they are.
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SNOOZAPALOOZA: Count to ten with cuddly forest creatures, from a mouse to a bear, as they settle down in one furry heap to hibernate for winter. Rhyme/Concept
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PIRATE NELL’S TALE TO TELL: Captain Gnash says there’s no time for reading on his ship, but when the journey gets rough and the captain is in trouble, it’s Nell and her book knowledge that saves the day. Rhyme

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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 SUITCASE: When a weary stranger arrives one day with only a suitcase, everyone is full of questions, but to learn the answers, they must either trust the newcomer or discover what they risk by not believing him.
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IF I HAD A UNICORN: A girl imagines what life would be like if she had a unicorn as a pet. Rhyme
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IT’S ONLY ONE!: When Rhino tosses a candy wrapper on the ground and then others begin throwing their trash on the ground, too, and it sets off a chain reaction that ruins their town, it’s up to mouse to fix things.
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EVERY NIGHT IS PIZZA NIGHT: Convinced that pizza is the best food, Pipo will eat nothing else, until her fed-up parents send her on a quest to prove that no dishes in their multicultural neighborhood are better, each is the best.
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JUST A STORY: A young reader comes upon an alluring book and he starts to read, becoming blissfully unaware of increasingly odd and outlandish occurrences looming all around him.
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I TALK LIKE A RIVER: When a child has a bad speech day at school, his father gives him a new perspective on his stuttering.
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FELIX AND THE MONSTERS: A lonely guard’s love for music leads him to discover what’s actually on the other side of the wall he’s guarding.
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A BEAR IS A BEAR: When Bear wakes early from hibernation and can’t remember what he is, he tries to be like the other animals, but he realizes he’s not, and only a nap will help him remember. Rhyme
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BESS THE BARN STANDS STRONG: Bess the barn was built by able hands to keep the farm animals safe, but when she is replaced by a shiny new barn and left alone, she slumps, until a storm destroys the new barn and it’s up to Bess to save the animals once more.
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TIME TO ROAR: When great yellow beasts threaten to cut and burn the forest and destroy the meadow she loves, Sasha the bear and the other animals must find a way to stop them.
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FIELD TRIP TO THE OCEAN DEEP: A student is accidentally left behind on a field trip to the ocean deep, where he discovers a treasure chest, falls into a ravine, and makes friends with a mysterious sea creature. Wordless
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NOTHING IN COMMON: Two neighbors assume they have nothing in common, until the same bright part of their day is gone–watching the love between an old man and his dog.

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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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LIGHTS ON WONDER ROCK: When a UFO lands in the woods behind Heather’s house and she meets a friendly alien, her dream to go to outer space comes true.
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DANCE LIKE A LEAF: A girl and her grandmother enjoy each other’s company, especially during autumn, and when Grandma passes away, the girl finds a special way to remember her.
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THE BLUE HOUSE: As Leo’s neighborhood begins to change and he and his dad must move out of their little blue house, he struggles to make their new house feel like home.
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WE DISAGREE: A rat and a squirrel disagree on everything and decide that they can’t be friends, until they finally find common ground. Rhyme
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THE POWER OF ONE: Change begins with one person standing up for what is right and one act of kindness can start a chain reaction.
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A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE AND THE PUMPKIN MONSTER: When Lucy accidentally frightens Sparkle with a scary carved pumpkin and he takes off, Lucy must first find him and then comfort him. Sweet!
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THE WORST POET EVER: Cat and Pug are each determined to become the world’s best poet, no matter what it takes, but eventually discover working together produces the best results. Fun! Mostly rhyme
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THE BEAR AND THE MOON: When the gift of a balloon floats into Bear’s life, the two companions embark on a journey of discovery as small as a clearing in the forest and as deep as the sky.
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FUSSY FLAMINGO: When Lola sneaks other snacks instead of eating shrimp and her feathers turn wacky colors, her parents plead with her to eat healthy.
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OLIVER THE CURIOUS OWL: A curious owl and a friendly bug ask questions that lead them on a grand adventure away from and back to their home tree.
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NO FUZZBALL!: A cat who thinks she is a queen becomes concerned when her loyal subjects, aka her family, leave her alone and are gone all day. Adorable!
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ME & MAMA: For a little girl on a rainy day, the best place to be is with Mama.

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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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SWASHBY AND THE SEA: No-nonsense Captain Swashby loves his quiet life by the sea, but when new neighbors settle in next door and disrupt his solitude, the sea knows exactly what he needs.
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ONE EARTH: Celebrate the beauty of nature and learn ways to protect our one and only world. Rhyme/Concept
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JOY: An exuberant little kitten bounces, wriggles, and runs through the house, chasing her ball of yarn, until she trips down the stairs and her fun comes to an end. Rhyme
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EVERY LITTLE LETTER: Walls had been built by big letters to keep out other letters, different letters, but one curious little letter was about to change everything.
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IZZY AND FRANK: Izzy loves her island, but when she has to leave her lighthouse and island life behind to move to the city, she also has to say goodbye to her seagull friend Frank.
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PLAYING POSSUM: Possums play dead when threatened, so Alfred, an unusually nervous possum, avoids attention and even friendship until he meets Sofia, an armadillo who curls into a ball when she’s nervous. Sweet!
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DANDELION’S DREAM: In a meadow filled with dandelion buds just about to flower, one dandelion blooms into a real lion and sets off to explore the great wide world. Wordless
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THE NEST THAT WREN BUILT: With care and tenderness, a bird and her mate make their family’s nest from the treasures of the forest. Rhyme
A JOURNEY TOWARD HOPE: Four unaccompanied migrant children come together along the arduous journey north through Mexico to the United States border.
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LITTLE GREEN DONKEY: Little Donkey’s favorite food is grass, but when he eats too much and turns green, his mom tries to convince him to eat something new.
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DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS: A generous, but increasingly put-upon, bear makes batch after batch of doughnuts for her woodland friends without saving any for herself. Rhyme
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A PERFECT DAY: It’s a perfect day for Seagull, perched on a rock in the sea, until crabby Crab comes along and points out all of the day’s flaws.

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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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SHY ONES: Maurice the little flapjack octopus is not the type to draw attention to himself, he’s shy, but he’s not the only one. Adorable!
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THE CAT MAN OF ALEPPO: When war came to Syria, many fled the city, but Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel stayed behind to care for neighbors and the hungry, abandoned cats of Aleppo.
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MILO AND MONTY: Milo and Monty are two very different dogs, while Monty loves to be around people, Milo prefers to be by himself, but both fit perfectly into their family.
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DIRT CHEAP: Birdie wants a very expensive soccer ball, but she has no money, so she starts selling dirt and learns some important lessons along the way about earning and counting money.
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PAPA, DADDY, AND RILEY: When a classmate insists that a family must have a mother and a father, Riley fears she will have to choose between Papa and Daddy.
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LAYLA’S LUCK: When Layla the ladybug enters a baking competition, she learns that she cannot always rely on her luck.
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UNSTOPPABLE: A crab who wants to fly and a bird who wants claws work together to outwit danger and become unstoppable.
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MERMAID AND ME: A girl and a mermaid become best friends as they figure out how to enjoy their favorite things together, and when the shore becomes unsafe, Mermaid must leave, but she promises to return one day.
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TAD: When Tad’s brothers and sisters start to get bigger and disappear, she worries that she’ll be left all alone in the dark with Big Blub.
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THE HIDDEN RAINBOW: Follow along to uncover the rainbow of colors hidden in a garden, which help flowers bloom and bees find food. Rhyme
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DREAM BIG, LITTLE SCIENTISTS: Meet twelve budding young scientists, each with their own favorite branch of science, as they wind down for the day. Rhyme
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THIS IS A DOG: The boisterous, energetic dog steals the spotlight as each of the other animals, from a cat to a gorilla, is introduced.

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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.

Check out these fun and spooky tales, perfect for this time of year!

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GUSTAVO THE SHY GHOST: Gustavo is a very shy and lonely ghost who loves to play the violin, but when nobody shows up to his concert, his dream of making friends vanishes into the night, almost.
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ALIEN TOMATO: The curious vegetables decide the mysterious red orb that landed nearby must be a visitor from outer space, but Gopher knows better, or does he?
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SHE WANTED TO BE HAUNTED: Clarissa, an adorable pink cottage, wants nothing more than to be haunted, but her attempts to attract ghosts only make her cuter. Rhyme
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AFTER SQUIDNIGHT: A squad of squids are on a mission: make their way from the ocean to your house and leave their artistic mark by doodling on everything, even you, while you sleep. Rhyme
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I LOVE MY FANGS!: Young Dracula loves his fangs and is very upset after one falls out, especially when the Tooth Fairy tries to take it away.
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RUNAWAY PUMPKINS: When a poorly secured bus lock turns a school trip back from a pumpkin patch into a disaster, the neighbors along the road work together to turn the pumpkins into treats for the children. Rhyme
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IT’S HALLOWEEN, LITTLE MONSTER: As Little Monster makes his way around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat, Papa is there to guide him through his fears. Rhyme
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COOKIE BOO: When the cookies escape for a Halloween romp, they will have some tricks and treats before the night is through. Rhyme
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BEARS AND BOOS: When the bears search through the box of Halloween costumes, one little bear is left without anything to wear. Rhyme

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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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TOGETHER WE GROW: When a bad storm drives all of the farm animals into the barn, they have trouble setting aside their fears and welcoming wild animals in, too, like a frightened fox family. Rhyme
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I WILL DANCE: Eve’s cerebral palsy makes it difficult for her to do many things, but she longs to dance, and finally her dream is realized when she joins a special dance class.
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ALL ABOARD THE MOONLIGHT TRAIN: Grab your ticket and climb aboard the Moonlight Train where you can read books with a lion, eat pancakes with warthogs, climb up a giraffe’s neck to get the best view, and much more until you’re finally sleepy. Rhyme
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CLEM AND CRAB: Clem loves the beach, but not all the garbage left behind, so she takes Crab home with her to protect him, but there has to be something more she can do to save Crab’s home.
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GOING UP!: A girl and her father are invited to a neighbor’s birthday party on the 10th floor of their apartment building and meet many other neighbors on their way up in the elevator and things become a bit crowded.
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SANDCASTLE: A young girl builds a sandcastle so grand and lovely that royalty from all over the world come to visit, but they are not pleased with all the sand until she starts a game they can’t resist.
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THE THREE LITTLE YOGIS AND THE WOLF WHO LOST HIS BREATH: In this twist on the classic fairy tale, a wolf who lost his huff and puff finds his breath with the help of three yogis.
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THIS WAY, CHARLIE: Jack the goat isn’t sure about Charlie the horse at first, but the two soon form an unbreakable bond, where Jack is Charlie’s eyes as he goes blind, even after a storm puts their friendship to the test.
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A IS FOR ANOTHER RABBIT: Dr. Owl simply wants to make a proper, respectable alphabet book, but some rule-bending, rebellious, and occasionally rhyming rabbits have other ideas. Concept
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TINY BIRD: As autumn nears, flowers fade and insects become quiet, and Tiny Bird leaves his northern home for the long and perilous journey to lush southern forests.
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A FAMILY FOR LOUIE: A French bulldog who loves gourmet food has trouble finding a family that is just right for him. Adorable!
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ONCE UPON A UNICORN’S HORN: A little girl befriends a sad, tiny horse, and with a bit of magic and an ice cream cone, helps him fly.

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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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THIS LITTLE PUP: When a little boy throws a ball for a little pup to catch, it bounces past many animals until it’s finally caught. Concept
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CAVE DADA: Even after a long day of hunting and gathering, Dada will do anything for Baba, but Baba wants a book, not just any book, the biggest book of all. Hilarious!
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LIFT: A girl who loves to press the elevator button finds a broken button in the trash, hangs it by her closet door, presses it, and discovers worlds beyond her imagination waiting when the door opens.
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OUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR: Four kindergartners who think they have nothing in common become friends after sharing traditions of their favorite holidays.
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MY BROTHER THE DUCK: Stella, a fledgling scientist, has a new baby brother, Drake, and she is seriously considering the possibility that he is a duck, but furher research is required to test the hypothesis.
WHERE’D MY JO GO?: When Big Al, a little dog, gets separted from his trucker friend Jo at a roadside rest area, he patiently waits for her to return. Rhyme
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OTIS P. OLIVER PROTESTS: Otis rouses a rabble of neighborhood children to join him in a protest demonstration against baths, but notes from his mother lead to a compromise.
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THE BUG COLLECTOR: George loves bugs and decides to collect them until he realizes that watching them in their natural habitat is much better than keeping them in bottles.
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HOT HOT PANCAKES!: When Mommy Mouse leaves Max in charge while she’s out, he decides to make pancakes for his brothers and sisters, but he forgets to make one for himself.
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FOLLOW ME, FLO!: On the way to visit Auntie Jenna, Flo is supposed to follow Daddy Duck, but instead she goes a different way and attracts the attention of hungry Roxy Fox.
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THE ELEPHANT’S GUIDE TO HIDE-AND-SEEK: When an elephant who loves to play with his friends, but doesn’t like to always be the first one found in hide-and-seek needs help, he turns to The Elephant’s Guide to Hide-and-Seek.
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MY BIG FAMILY: Alex is excited when his Abuela comes from Cuba to stay with him and his parents, but when even more family moves in, the house is soon bursting at the seams.

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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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I AM BROWN: A joyful celebration of the skin you’re in–of being brown, of being you, and all the amazing things you can do.
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MARGOT AND THE MOON LANDING: Margot loves talking about space and the moon landing, but nobody around her seems to care or will even listen, causing Margot great frustration.
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NATSUMI’S SONG OF SUMMER: When Natsumi’s cousin visits from America, she can’t wait to share everything she loves–summertime festivals, the seaside, fireworks, and especially the cicadas.
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BRICK BY BRICK: As a little boy watches his father, a bricklayer, work hard to build the city, both dream of building a house of their own.
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DO NOT EAT THE GAME!: A girl tries to play a game with monsters, but it quickly turns into chaos when they don’t follow the rules.
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I’M NOT A GIRL: Nobody seems to understand that Hannah is not a girl, but a birthday wish, a new word, and a stroke of courage might be just what Hannah needs to show the world who he really is.
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HURRY UP!: After rushing around all day long, at home and at school, a child learns to slow down, breathe, and appreciate the natural world before going to bed. Rhyme
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LONE WOLF: So many people think Maple is a wolf that she starts to believe them, but after exploring the world outside her home, she returns to her pack.
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THAT’S MY CARROT!: In the garden, each bunny works on its own side of the fence, but one day, something unusual grows between them and they both claim it as theirs.
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CORAL: A disagreement between Coral, Filly, and Manta, three young mermaids who work together to build and safeguard the reef that is their home, must quickly be set right, or else it’s the reef that will suffer.
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RUNAWAY SIGNS: When all the street signs decide to take a vacation, their absence causes chaos throughout town, and they soon discover how important their jobs really are.
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THE NIGHT IS FOR DARKNESS: Celebrate the wondrous beauty of the natural world at night as one family moves to a new home. Rhyme

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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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GREEN ON GREEN: A year is full of colors and changes and life and love, from yellow flowers in spring to white snow in winter and back again to the green of new life in spring. Rhyme
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GOODNIGHT, VEGGIES: Visit a community garden where potatoes close their eyes, cabbages nod their heads, and corn covers its ears to go to sleep. Rhyme
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LIBRARY BOOKS ARE NOT FOR EATING!: Ms. Bronte loves being a teacher, but she has one small problem, she also loves eating books. Rhyme
AN ORDINARY DAY: An ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood turns out to be extraordinary as death and new life happen right next door to each other.
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UNDER MY TREE: During a visit to her grandparent’s, Susanne leaves the city behind and journeys into the forest to spend time with her favorite tree.
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ANI’S LIGHT: Ani’s world has gone dark in his mother’s absence, but when Mama finally returns, her love chases the darkness away.
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UNDER THE LILACS: When Kate’s mother and sister are too busy to spend time with her, Kate decides to build her own house under the lilacs in the backyard.
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ME AND MCGEE: It’s been a long winter and the pitcher has practiced every day, but will the Slither Ball, Brush-cut Ball, and Cannonball Express be enough to defeat McGee and the Catbirds this year?
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OUTSIDE IN: Follow along with a little girl as she discovers all the ways nature affects our lives, such as providing food and clothing, and showing when to go to bed and when to get up.
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A WAY WITH WILD THINGS: Poppy Ann Fields loves bugs and feels more comfortable with them than with people, until the day a special bugs lands on her grandmother’s birthday cake.
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JASPER & OLLIE BUILD A FORT: Jasper and Ollie have a fort building contest in the yard, but while Jasper keeps adding more and more to his fort, Ollie keeps things simple.
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PIGLETTE: Piglette prefers pampering, pastries, and flowers to mud, slop, and piggish things, so she sets off to experience the finer things in Paris.

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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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ELSIE: When Elsie goes fishing with her six siblings, she wants to do things her way, even though they tell her not too, but they soon discover that doing things differently isn’t such a bad idea after all.
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FROG BOOTS: Dylan loves his new rain boots with colorful poison dart frogs, until he wears them to school and discovers that the boots are meant for girls.
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WHAT SOUND IS MORNING?: Welcome the day by exploring the exuberant sounds and soft silences of morning.
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DESERT GIRL, MONSOON BOY: Two families flee extreme weather in India and come together on a mountaintop. Rhyme
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WHEN THE STORM COMES: Follow several people and animals as they show the many different ways in which they prepare for a storm and take shelter. Rhyme
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THE BOLD, BRAVE BUNNY: After his brothers and sisters ruin his favorite alphabet book, Teetu the bunny has had enough of his big bunny family and decides to sneak off into the night.
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NESTING: A pair of robins build a nest together and raise their chicks, navigating a year of changing seasons and serpentine predators.
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SWING: As four very different letters arrive at the playground, each makes the next feel unwelcome, but once they begin to swing together , they have a wonderful time.
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THE BEDTIME BOOK: Mouse’s favorite book is missing, so she sets off to find it with the help of her dog friend Frank.
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WOODPECKER GIRL: When a little girl born with cerebral palsy is given a paintbrush by her teacher, she’s able to express herself and freely explore the world through her paintings.
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KAIA AND THE BEES: Kaia is afraid of getting stung even though her dad is a beekeeper, but after she spends time helping care for the bees, she begins to feel braver.
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A FRIEND FOR BEAR: After Bear wakes up from her long winter sleep, she’s in a rush to do everything, including running, rolling, and swimming, until her new friend Tortoise convinces her to slow down.

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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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LILAH TOV GOOD NIGHT: Based on a Hebrew lullaby, a Jewish refugee family travels by night to find a safe home in a new land. Rhyme
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BIKE & TRIKE: When Lulu graduates to a bicycle with training wheels, rusty, old Trike feels lonely in the garage and worries about Lulu’s safety on her shiny, new bike.
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WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS: When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.
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HAVE YOU EVER ZEEN A ZIZ?: The mythological Ziz is a giant bird that likes to show off by flying, singing, blocking out the sun with its wings, and resting its head upon a cloud. Rhyme
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MY OCEAN IS BLUE: Join a curious young explorer on her seaside adventure as she relates everything the ocean can be with all of its shapes, sounds, smells, and sights.
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REMEMBERING ETHAN: Sarah misses her big brother Ethan and wants to talk about him, but her parents don’t even want to mention his name, and she can’t understand why.
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CAT AND DOG’S ALPHABET: When Dog discovers the 26 letters of the alphabet, it’s up to Cat to show him all the great things he can do with them.
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DIGGERSAURS EXPLORE: The diggersaurs search for buried treasure and discover a new friend. Rhyme
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BABY CLOWN: When Frieda and Boffo Clown have a baby, the entire circus is over the moon, but there’s just one problem, Baby Clown won’t stop crying.
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DOWN UNDER THE PIER: There’s lots of fun to be had up on the pier, but it’s down under the pier, at low tide, where the real magic can be found.
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THE HOMESICK CLUB: Monica and Hannah are classmates who have moved to the U.S. from far away and miss their homes so much that they form the Homesick Club.
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THIS BOOK IS UPSIDE DOWN: Penelope Giraffe and Gus Penguin are at home on two different sides of the same world, and when something looks upside down to Penelope, it looks right-side up to Gus.

Picture Books At The Library 210

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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OVER THE MOON: When two wolves find a baby floating down the river, they take her home, nourish her, teach her, love her, watch her grow, and let her go.
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LITTLE BEAR’S TREASURES: Little Bear loves his treasures, but the other animals think they’re only junk, until Little Bird comes along.
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TREES MAKE PERFECT PETS: The whole family is surprised when Abigail chooses a tree for a pet, and Names it Fido, keeps it in her room, and takes it for walks, until it grows too big and she must reluctantly plant it in the yard.
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I GO QUIET: A lonely little girl, overwhelmed by an overpowering and hostile world, disappears into the pages of a book and her imagination and discovers her voice.
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IN A GARDEN: Follow a busy garden through the seasons from seedlings sprouting in spring and birds, bees, and bunnies visiting to the chill of fall and the stillness of winter and then back to spring again. Rhyme
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I DON’T LIKE RAIN: One sunny day, a little rabbit and his pals are playing outside, until the rain comes pouring down and spoils their fun, or does it?
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GLAD, GLAD BEAR!: Bear is very glad about going to ballet class today, gets anxious before the music starts, then joyously begins to dance.
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BOATS WILL FLOAT: Observe a wide variety of boats that spend all day from early morning to dreamy night in the bay, on the ocean, or under the sea. Rhyme
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DRAGON MEETS BOY: Dragon and Boy have many adventures together, but when Boy grows up, Dragon is left alone to guard all of Boy’s treasures until he returns.
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TIARA’S HAT PARADE: When her momma has to close down her millinery shop, Tiara finds a way to show her how much her hats mean to the community.
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ELMORE AND PINKY: Elmore the porcupine longs for a best friend, and after Pinky the skunk scares off some frightening bears, Elmore realizes his best friend has been there all along.
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CANNONBALL: A Maori boy dreams of pulling off the perfect cannonball and making a big splash, but after listening to everyone’s advice, he still struggles, until he learns to listen to himself.

Picture Books At The Library 209

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.

I’m pleased to resume Picture Books At The Library with this 209th list featuring an eclectic mix of books that have been published during the first half of 2020. How many have you read?

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DIABETES DOESN’T STOP MADDIE!: When Maddie returns to school after discovering she has diabetes, she’s not ready to tell her classmates because she doesn’t want to be different.
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I’M STICKING WITH YOU: Bear and Squirrel are best friends, and wherever Squirrel goes, Bear follows, until Squirrel decides he’s had enough and wants his space.
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BUNNY BUSINESS: The bunnysitter is sick and Mama must bring Bunny to work with her, which is exciting for Bunny, but when boredom and hunger strike, Bunny must find a way to take charge.
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ALREADY A BUTTERFLY: A too-busy butterfly, who spends her day hurrying and worrying, finds her own quiet place after learning about meditation and mindfulness from a flower bud.
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HOW TO SOLVE A PROBLEM: Ashima solves her problems, which are boulders with twists and turns, by seeing the possibilities and climbing to the top, but not without learning from scrapes and falls first.
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HOME BASE: A young girl and her mother support one another as one tries out for the baseball team and the other interviews for a bricklaying job, then celebrate their success together.
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USHA AND THE STOLEN SUN: Usha is determined to bring the sun back to her village by knocking down the wall that blocks it.
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KNOT CANNOT: Knot longs to be like Snake because Snake can do so many amazing things, but when a bird threatens to eat Snake, it’s Knot to the rescue.
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WHAT I LIKE MOST: A little girl observes, one by one, the things that bring her joy, but even after those things are gone, one favorite always remains, her mother.
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A LITTLE BIT BRAVE: Logan is a stay-at-home bunny who musters up the courage to set off on an adventure to find his friend Luna and, ultimately, saves her from a hungry wolf.
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THE BEAR’S GARDEN: An imaginative little girl sees an empty lot in the city and envisions a beautiful garden that brings her community together.
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MY MASTODON: Inspired by the 19th-century lives of artist and scientist Charles Willson Peale’s family, this is a tale of a girl and her favorite companion, a fossilized mastodon, which will soon travel from Philadelphia to London.

“Picture Books At The Library” Returning Soon!

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.

I haven’t posted Picture Books At The Library since my library shut down due to the pandemic in mid-March. But now that I’m back to work in the library (I had been teleworking) and shipments have resumed from our vendors, I’ll finally be able to share new picture books again!

I may be back to work, but the library building is not yet open to the public. We’ve been offering curbside pickup for the past several weeks. And we’re still promoting digital services and resources, as well as online programs (the summer reading program is in full swing) and access to digital books, movies, music, and more. If you haven’t already, check your library’s website to see what kinds of offerings they have. Even during times like these, most libraries are working hard to serve their communities.

I hope that wherever you are in the world, that things are improving. And I hope you will soon be able to visit your library to check out a few glorious new picture books. There are many to choose from! My third hope is that if you cannot visit your library, that you can access many wonderful picture books digitally. It’s not quite the same as having that physical book in your hands, but it’s something, at least.

Stay well, everyone. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. And stay strong. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get out of it together, too! Until then, read some picture books to help you and your kids escape even for just a few moments. I can’t wait to share tons of fabulous new picture books with you. Even if you can’t get your hands on the books right away, keep a list, keep them in mind, and when your library reopens, they’ll be waiting there for you. See you soon At The Library!

Picture Books At The Library 208

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 NUMBERS MET LETTERS: Toy numbers and letters meet and, in some cases, clash in a classroom during recess, but soon discover that they have some things in common. Clever and fun!
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OLD ROCK: Tall Pine, Spotted Beetle, and Hummingbird are certain that being a rock is boring until Old Rock shares what he has seen and done since he first flew out of a volcano.
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THE GIRL WHO SPOKE TO THE MOON: When Sofia dreams of visiting the Moon one night, she discovers people are hurting the Earth, and with the Moon as her guide, she learns how we can work together to make the Earth feel better. Rhyme
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WHERE LILY ISN’T: Lily is no longer in the house, or the park, or waiting by the door, but she remains in one little girl’s heart forever.
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SNAIL CROSSING: A determined snail spots cabbages on the other side of the road, and thus begins his epic journey. Funny!
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ONE HUG: A celebration of the many ways we embrace our loved ones. Rhyme
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FREEDOM BIRD: In the antebellum South, two siblings shelter a large, mysterious, wounded bird and eventually follow it west toward freedom.
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SUNNY: Sunny likes to look on the bright side of things, even when she was stranded at sea, until she found herself all alone and close to losing hope. Love this one!
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MAGNIFICENT HOMESPUN BROWN: An exuberant celebration of feeling at home in one’s own skin.

Picture Books At The Library 207

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.

Two of these lovely picture books were illustrated by the same artist. Can you tell which ones by just looking at the cover art?

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THE BEAR MUST GO ON: Rabbit, Bear, Squirrel, and Other Squirrel make big plans for a show, but they have forgotten one very important thing, and only shy Bear can help.
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HOSEA PLAYS ON: Rain or shine and with his saxophone case in hand, Hosea rides the bus to his favorite place–the Rochester Public Market–to play for everyone there.
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OVERGROUND RAILROAD: A girl named Ruth Ellen tells the story of her family’s train journey from North Carolina to New York City as part of the Great Migration.
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THE HEART OF A WHALE: Lonely Whale’s beautiful song calms a wriggly octopus, cheers a sad urchin, and much more, but it cannot cure his longing to meet another whale.
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I AM GOOSE!: Goose asks to play Duck, Duck, Goose with the other animals, but causes trouble by insisting that none of them can possibly be goose.
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NUMENIA AND THE HURRICANE: When Numenia and her sisters fly into a hurricane, fierce winds rip Numenia away from her family during their migration.
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BIG PAPA AND THE TIME MACHINE: In this dialogue between a child and his grandfather, crucial moments of African American history and stories of courage are shared.
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IN A JAR: When Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects ordinary things in jars, meets a friend named Evelyn, he joins with her to capture the extraordinary.
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THE PERFECTLY PERFECT WISH: A young girl has so many choices, but only one wish.
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THE MUSIC OF LIFE: In Paris, Lenny has trouble starting to compose his symphony until he discovers that there is music all around him in everyday life.

Picture Books At The Library 206

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.

These recent picture books couldn’t be more different in story or art style, and each one is worth checking out!

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YOU LOVES EWE!: Homonyms cause great confusion as an increasingly cranky yam tries to make introductions and provide explanations to his silly donkey friend. Funny!
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BEDTIME FOR SWEET CREATURES: As a young child protests bedtime by behaving like different animals, Mommy struggles to wrangle her sweet creature into bed.
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SOMETHING FOR YOU: When a field mouse discovers that his friend is sick in bed, he is determined to make her feel better, but things don’t go as planned. Sweet!
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FREEDOM SOUP: As Ti Gran teaches Belle how to make Freedom Soup, she tells her the history of her family and the history of Haiti.
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PENGUIN & MOOSE: Penguin is determined to learn how to fly, and his friend Moose is determined to help him, or support him when he fails.
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THE BEST KIND OF BEAR: Bear goes on a mission to find out what kind of bear he is, a grizzly bear, a sun bear, a polar bear, a spectacled bear, or something else entirely.
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TOOTH FAIRY IN TRAINING: A new tooth fairy learns the trade from her older sister, and discovers there’s more to it than just collecting teeth from sleeping children. Rhyme
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THE OLD TRUCK: A girl grows up on a farm, learns to build and fix things, and eventually restores the old family truck.
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CAVEBOY CRUSH: Neander, determined to win over Neanne, brings her gift after gift, but she remains unimpressed, until he comes up with the grandest gesture of all.

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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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BRUCE’S BIG STORM: Grumpy Bruce the bear does not like neighbors, but is forced to help when a big storm draws them all to his home. Fun!
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A STONE SAT STILL: A stone is considered from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives as it sits where it is, an unchanging certainty in the world. Lovely!, Rhyme
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FIVE MINUTES: Throughout a child’s day, five minutes can go by quickly, such as when you’re on a roller coaster, or slowly, such as when you’re in the dentist’s chair. Definitely relatable!
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SMALL IN THE CITY: A little boy offers advice to his cat, which is lost in the city, from taking shortcuts through alleys to finding a friend in the park. Sweet!
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ALONG THE TAPAJOS: When the rainy season comes, Caua and Inae’s family must leave their village and relocate to higher ground, but after moving, the siblings realize they’ve left something important behind.
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WONDER MOLE’S SCENT COSTUME PARTY: When a wily weasel sneaks into Wonder Mole’s scent costume party with plans for a two-mole dinner, a policemole nearly foils his ruse. Funny!
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THE AWESOME, IMPOSSIBLE, UNSTOPPABLE GADGET: A budding young scientist at Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. must save the day when another creative camper’s invention goes out of control. Rhyme
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THE BOY WITH BIG, BIG FEELINGS: When a boy with big feelings–so big that they glow from his cheeks and spill out of his eyes–meets a girl who also has big feelings, he discovers that having big emotions is nothing to be ashamed of. Rhyme
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WHEN A KID LIKE ME FIGHTS CANCER: When a young boy is diagnosed with cancer, he learns he can fight it, but he doesn’t have to fight alone.
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AS WARM AS THE SUN: Toby, a French bulldog who dreams of being warm all the time, is not pleased when Pinkie arrives and takes all of his favorite warm spots.

Picture Books At The Library 204

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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PIGEON MATH: Telling a story about pigeons should be simple, but what’s a narrator to do when the number of feathered friends keeps changing? Funny!
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AT THE MOUNTAIN’S BASE: As a Cherokee family waits for their loved one, a pilot, to return home, the strength in their song sustains them.
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PEOPLE SHARE WITH PEOPLE: Touts the importance of sharing everything from blankets to toys, but not sneezes, cups, or toothbrushes. Fun Read Aloud!, Rhyme
ELBOW GREASE VS. MOTOZILLA: To face off against the monster machine Motozilla, Elbow Grease and his brothers will have to learn to work as a team.
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OAK LEAF: An oak leaf travels on an autumn breeze, up and over the world, then down again, and comes to rest on the pages of an open book.
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MR. SCRUFF: A lonely old dog longs for a home, but no one seems to be a match until a boy comes along. Sweet!, Rhyme
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SULWE: Sulwe, who has skin the color of midnight, longs to be beautiful and bright like her mother and sister. Powerful Message!, Gorgeous Illustrations!
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SUPER SLOTH: Though it takes a while, Super Sloth eventually saves the day after a sneaky anteater steals all the animals’ mangoes.
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THE LOVE LETTER: After Hedgehog, Bunny, and Squirrel each find a love letter, they mistakenly think it was written for them.
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FLY FLIES: Fly tries to fly straight, glide on the wind, and fly in a flock, just as the birds tell her she should, but she soon discovers that those are not her ways to fly.
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EXPLORERS: When a boy loses something important while at the museum with his family, the kindness of strangers leads to new friendships. Wordless

Picture Books At The Library 203

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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SING A SONG: Tells the story of five generations of families who gained hope and strength from an inspiring song.
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STORMY: With patience and kindness, a young woman gains the trust of a frightened little homeless dog. Lovely!, Wordless (This reminds me so much of my dog!)
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ONE RED SOCK: When a little purple hippo cannot find the mate for her red sock, she tries every sock in her drawer in order to be fashionable, or, at least, to match. Cute!, Rhyme
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THE GIFT OF RAMADAN: When Sophia attempts to fast for Ramadan, her hunger gets the better of her and she breaks her fast, but she finds another way to celebrate the special month.
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AND THEN THE SEED GREW: When a seed drops from the sky and takes root, the new plant wreaks havoc for all the garden’s inhabitants.
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NYA’S LONG WALK: When Nya’s little sister takes ill on the long journey to fetch water, Nya must find the strength to carry her and the water all the way home.
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READING BEAUTY: When a curse threatens to turn her kingdom into a place barren of books, the space princess sets out to break the curse and bring books back to her planet. Rhyme
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PUMA DREAMS: A young girl yearns to see an elusive puma in the wild, knowing that their numbers are dwindling and that what her gram calls a “long-dream” may never come true.
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THE KEY FROM SPAIN: Just as her ancestors were forced to leave Spain during the Inquisition, Flory flees Europe for a new life in the U.S., bringing with her a precious harmoniku and a passion for Ladino music.
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THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH: When Harpreet’s mom finds a new job in a snowy town, and the family has to move, he finds himself choosing to wear white so he can be invisible, instead of one of his colorful turbans.
AT THE STROKE OF GOODNIGHT: A busy world settles in for a warm night’s sleep. Interesting art!, Rhyming bedtime book

Picture Books At The Library 202

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 of eclectic picture books has something for every taste!

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THE PHONE BOOTH IN MR. HIROTA’S GARDEN: When the tsunami destroys Makio’s village, his neighbor Mr. Hirota creates something that helps the villagers heal.
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JUST SO WILLOW: When a storm covers Willow’s backyard in a clean, smooth blanket of snow, she’s determined to keep it that way.
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THIS IS A SEA COW: When an imaginative child writes a school report about sea cows, the subject is not happy with her portrayal. Funny!
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GHASTLY GHOSTS: When Dave moves into his uncle’s old house, he hears lots of creaks and squeaks, but nothing scares him until he hears a spooky voice. Rhyme
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THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A BOOK: When several fairy tale folks and magical items go missing, including her children, it’s up to the Old Woman Who Lives in a Book to get them back. Fractured Fairy Tale
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HO’ONANI HULA WARRIOR: When Ho’onani, who feels like neither a girl or a boy, finds out there will be a school performance of a traditional hula chant for boys, she longs to be a part of it.
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IF I BUILT A SCHOOL: Imaginative Jack describes the kind of school he would build–one full of animals, tubes to transport students, books that come alive, and much more. Fun!, Rhyme
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THE ONE & ONLY WOLFGANG: Celebrates senior pet adoption and shows that families come in all shapes and sizes.
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VERY LULU: While helping to train Lulu as a police dog, Lulu’s handler quickly discovers that Lulu’s not suited to that type of work, but she may be perfect for something else.
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LOOKING FOR YESTERDAY: A boy puts all his scientific knowledge to work to try to turn back time, until his grandfather shows him that each new day brings a chance for more good times and happy memories.
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COME NEXT SEASON: Celebrates the changing seasons as children swim in summer, collect pecans in autumn, play in snow in winter, and visit a farm in spring. Lovely art!
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FLY: Mama bird wants Baby bird to learn to fly so he can migrate with the rest of the flock, but Baby bird has other ideas. Cute!, Wordless

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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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SWEEP: Ed’s in a bad mood and, before long, his bad mood grows and grows and sweeps through the whole town.
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ARRIVEDERCI, CROCODILE: A crocodile follows Napoleon from Paris to Venice in search of watery canals and Italian food, and discovers that he fits right in with the people there.
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JUNIPER KAI: SUPER SPY: When Juniper’s parents start making secret plans, she sets out on a mission to find out exactly what they’re up to.
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OUR FAVORITE DAY: Thursdays are Papa’s favorite days because that’s when his granddaughter comes to visit. And they are her favorite days because Papa always makes them special.
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BETTY BUILDS IT: Lonely Betty builds herself a friend, but when her friend goes haywire, her little brother comes to the rescue.
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TWO FOR ME, ONE FOR YOU: When Bear brings home three tasty mushrooms for Weasel to cook up, they argue over who gets two and who only gets one.
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MY SHAPE IS SAM: Sam was a square who longed for softer corners and rounder edges, and to roll like circles do.
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SONG OF THE RIVER: A young boy named Cam decides to follow a trickle of water down the mountain and out into the sea.
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BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: As a little frog sings to himself in the swamp one night, he realizes his song isn’t complete, so he invites other animals to join in. Rhyme
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SENORITA MARIPOSA: Every autumn, millions of monarch butterflies fly south, all the way from Canada to Mexico. Rhyme, Bilingual

Interesting variety in this group of picture books!

Picture Books At The Library 200 (+ a Giveaway!)

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.

Hey, Everybody! I can’t believe this is my 200th Picture Books At The Library post! Time flies when you’re reading picture books. 🙂

To celebrate this milestone, I’m giving away two books to one lucky winner: A copy of my book The Peddler’s Bed and winner’s choice of one of the books I’ve featured in today’s post. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post (and reside in the U.S.) and I’ll choose a winner at random on September 30. Be sure to follow this blog so that I’ll have access to your email address and can contact you if you win.

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RUBY FINDS A WORRY: Ruby has a worry, and it’s all she can think about, but when she meets a boy with a worry of his own, they both find a way to make their worries disappear.
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LIONEL AND THE LION’S SHARE: Lionel doesn’t like to share, but after he eats all of the cake at Chloe’s birthday party, he learns a valuable lesson about what it means to be a friend.
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DUCK!: When Duck runs around the farm shouting “Duck!” to all the other animals, they grow increasingly frustrated as they try to explain to Duck just which animal is which. Funny!
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MY GRANDMA AND ME: Whether it is down the hall to visit their friends or to the mosque during Ramadan or on a flight of fancy on a rocket ship, Mina and her grandmother are never far apart.
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HATS ARE NOT FOR CATS!: A patronizing, plaid-hat-wearing dog informs a cat that hats are only for dogs, but the cat, joined by others, dons a wide assortment of hats, proving, at last, that hats are for everyone. Rhyme
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SQUEAK!: A woodland mouse wakes up with a squeak, and his noise sets off a chain reaction of animals waking each other up.
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MY TINY PET: After moving to a tiny house, a young girl is forbidden to get a pet until she introduces her parents to microscopic tardigrades, also called water bears.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win two books: The Peddler’s Bed, written by me, and a book of your choice from the titles listed in today’s post! I’ll choose a winner at random on September 30. Be sure to follow this blog so that I’ll have access to your email address and can contact you if you win. Good luck! (U.S. residents only)

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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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PAPER MICE: One night, two newly made paper mice explore a dark house and discover a shared love for adventure.
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IS 2 A LOT?: While on a magical car ride, a boy asks his mom if two is a lot, and she answers in a clever way.
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IT’S NOT A BED, IT’S A TIME MACHINE: A boy is afraid of bedtime because it’s dark and spooky, until he discovers that his bed is a time machine.
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THE INVENTION HUNTERS: When the globetrotting Invention Hunters visit a construction site in their flying museum, a boy helps them by explaining how simple machines work. Includes educational matter
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MOON BABIES: Follow baby moons as they awaken in their crescent cradles, have an outing, story time and more, before returning to sleep. Rhyme
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THE PECULIAR PIG: Penny, puzzled by why she’s different from the other piglets, uses her strange oink growl to chase away a snake that’s threatening her family.