I raided the New Book cart and found a few treasures. If you want even more, follow me on Twitter @annavalley and search the #PictureBookPile hashtag. Here we go…..
Nanette’s baguette / words and pictures by Mo Willems Hyperion Books, 2016
Rhymes abound in this silly story of a wee froggie sent to fetch bread for the evening meal. Nanette forgets the baguette when she meets her friends (one of them has a clarinet). Once she actually gets the bread, another mishap befalls the hunk of gluten. In expectedly humorous Mo Willems style, all is well in the end. Or is it? Perfect for learning new vocabulary and reinforcing phonological awareness.
Chirri & Chirra / Kaya Doi ; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko. Enchanted Lion Books, 2016
Twin girls travel through the woods, stopping for tea, lunch, and finally the forest hotel. With soft coloured pencil drawings that are reminiscent of Virginia Lee Burton’s “The Little House”, this book is a fun romp with woodland creatures.
Tidy / Emily Gravett. Two Hoots, 2016
Nothing wrong with tidying up now and then, but when things get out of hand, this over-zealous cleaning badger has to rethink his obsession. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this one is a real charmer.
Daydreaming / Mark Tatulli. Roaring Brook Press, 2016.
Henry is a daydreamer. His fantasy life is rich, diving into boxes of cereal and sliding into the alphabet. A fun twist at the end of this book makes it all worth the wait. As this is mostly wordless, may not be a first choice for group storytimes, but makes a fine book to share one-on-one.
Fun word play and a fine little surprise at the end, combined with whimsical illustrations make this a great choice. Teachers will enjoy getting kids to look closely at the pages, which reveal the word clues in red ink. For example, “Who is playing Frisbee?” shows a bee riding on a Frisbee. (The word bee is in red.) There’s plenty of humour and great vocabulary for young readers.