Nifty New Picture Books for Everyone: Fiction
Time for more picture books! I found so many great new books, I’ve had to divide them up—fiction this week and nonfiction next week.
Picture books are for everyone. Why? Because picture books can read like poetry, are funny, make you think, are delightful to see, and give you a chance to share with others. Something for everyone!
Three bears, Dash, Charlie, and Theo break their mother’s beautiful blue shell. They climb aboard their boat and sail off to find another beautiful blue shell. Of course, the voyage doesn’t go smoothly but they do find success. This is a fine story about taking responsibility for our actions.
Harry’s house is being invaded by lava—hot, hot lava. Can he escape? As I read, I kept trying to figure out how this story would end. Suspenseful and fun!
Every summer, Miss Maple gathers seeds that haven’t yet grown. She cares for them throughout the fall and winter. She takes them on field trips to learn about being a seed and tells them about growing. I especially like when she reads to them by firefly light.
Once there was a library that opened only at night. It was run by a librarian and her 3 assistant owls. All night long, animals came to read (except for the squirrels—they had something else in mind). I would love to visit this magical library!
This is a delightful preschool book. Kids get to say hello like a dog, a cat, a beetle, and other animals. Fun!
Brother Hugo lives in a 12th century monastery. When a book-loving bear eats an important book, it’s Brother Hugo’s job to borrow the same book and copy it word-for-word on parchment. This is no easy task, but Brother Hugo works hard and completes the job. But what will happen when Brother Hugo returns the borrowed book? This story gives a wonderful look into the process of creating a book before the printing press was invented.
A movie director is trying to film a movie based on the life of a moose. He has all he needs: a moose, a movie camera, and a crew. But things don’t go at all as planned, since the moose has no intention of acting like a typical moose. Very funny!
Being good is not easy for Millie. She is a terrific girl but she has a bit of a problem with her temper. But when she has a sleep-out planned for two of her friends, she is determined not to ruin it by losing her temper. During the sleep-out, Millie has lots of times when she might lose her temper, but she keeps her cool. But then there is a growl outside her tent that sounds like a bear. What will Millie do now? She does not want this growling thing to spoil her sleep-out! This is the second Millie book. I don’t know how I missed the first one, Millie Fierce, but I will read it soon, for sure!
A bear, a bird, and a snail (can you guess which name goes with which?) spend the day together. Each has a different idea about the best thing to do. And each has a different, and workable, reaction to the adventures (wind, rain, heat…) that happen.
In the woods to practice her dance moves, a young girl is joined by a deer. While they dance together, the girl learns to move like the graceful deer. Any dancer (or non-dancer) would love to have this girl’s experience.
Bobby thinks his teacher is a monster. So he was NOT pleased when he saw her at the park one Saturday morning. Bravely, Bobby sits on the park bench with his teacher. They chat, share some adventures, and gradually it seems that maybe Bobby has been a bit wrong about his teacher. I found myself needing to go back to see how the pictures of the teacher change from page to page.
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Morris likes lots of things at his school: painting, puzzles, snack time, singing, and the dress-up center. The best thing about the dress-up center is the tangerine dress. When he wears it, he likes the way it sounds and the way the color reminds him of tigers and his mother’s hair. Not everyone agrees he should be wearing the dress, but he wears it anyway. Finally, his friends are convinced that he can be a great playmate, plus be stylishly dressed.
Overnight, Dalia’s hair grows really tall. This gives her a great idea. For two days, she adds leaves, mud, and all sorts of interesting things to her hair. Several times she asks her mother to guess what kind of tree she is. This fun book ends with a glossary of the things found in the story that are found on the island of Cuba, the story’s setting. The text is in both English and Spanish.
Such a great bunch picture books and that’s just the fiction ones! I’ll have a big bunch of nonfiction picture books next week!