Stick and Stone by Beth Perry, illus. By Tom Lichtenheld (Houghton Mifflin)
An unlikely friendship between a rock and a twig, but kids will get the reference to “Sticks and stones” . The story is told in very few words, it is Lichtenheld’s illustrations that do the heavy lifting in this story. Could be used in storytimes, but older kids will get much from it as well.
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt, illus. By Sarah Massini (Random House)
A good choice for baby or toddler storytimes, this ode to books will bring a smile to your face, and is a bookish way to introduce concepts such as big/small, wide/tall to your young audiences. The cheery illustrations remind me somewhat of Helen Oxenbury. (published 2013)
Supertruck by Stephen Savage (Roaring Brook)
Though (hopefully) a bit late for snow season, this fun truck book will be a hit in transportation storytimes. For a younger audience.
Beautiful Birds by J. Roussen & E. Walker (Flying Eye Books)
This book is aptly titled, because it is really beautiful. The fact that it is a sort of alphabet book that rhymes makes it useful for storytimes. Small groups especially will want to look over and over at these lovely pictures dotted with that crazy bright orange.
There’s no such thing as Little by LeuYen Pham (Alfred A. Knopf)
Die-cut holes reveal that little is all in the eye of the beholder. Toddler storytimes are a perfect fit for this book – an age group that is starting to feel “bigger” will appreciate the sentiments in this story. Nice illustrations that include diverse children, too.
Outstanding in the Rain– Frank Viva (Tundra)
Another book that uses die cuts. This one plays with words and the retro-style illustration almost make it a seek-and-find story – the die cuts fit in so well they are nearly hidden. A simple story that could be used with elementary school kids, too, for language lessons.
I don’t want to be a Frog by Dav Petty (Doubleday)
Little frog doesn’t want to be a frog until he realizes, with the help of a wolf, that being a frog is a pretty good idea. Silly and fun, and the illustrations match the tone of the book just right.
Poop-di-doop by Stephanie Blake (North South)
This is kid humour at its finest. They will giggle at an adult saying Poop-di-doop over and over, no matter what the story is. And the story? A little bunny who will only say poop-di-doop, until he is eaten by a wolf, that is. Pair with “I don’t want to be a frog” for a slightly off-kilter Wolf storytime! (Ok, now I am thinking of all the great wolf stories that I could use in storytime!)
Wild about Shapes by Jeremie Fischer (Flying Eye Books)
This spiral-bound book features shapes created by plastic sheets that overlay to create new shapes. Kids will love guessing what comes next and seeing the new animal that appears when you turn the page. Great for an interactive storytime.