Where are You? by Sarah Williamson, Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
The youngest in your crowd will enjoy looking for this pair of snakes — one green, one pink. Cleverly hidden in uncomplicated illustrations, each page is not only a seek and find, but also a mini-lesson in directional prepositions. (Where are you? In the grass. On a boat.) Fun for toddler or baby storytimes.
Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage, Roaring Brook Press, 2017
Up in the air, Little Plane does fine with his arcs and dives, but the loopity-loops give him troubles. Just like any child learning to write, Little Plane practises until it becomes easier and finally he gets it! Child-friendly digital illustration pair well with this early writing lesson. Perfect for pre-school and primary classrooms, and should work well in storytime, too.
Firefighter Duckies by Frank W. Dormer, Atheneum, 2017
I am completely enamored with this book – – it has a fun secret cover (wee-ooo wee-ooo wee-ooo), its smells nice, and it has just the right amount of silliness for a great storytime book. These firefighting duckies rescue all sorts of critters, including gorillas in chef hats and rampaging centipedes. The book has loads of charm, good vocabulary, and fun illustration. It pays tribute to the strength and bravery of firefighters, and will sit just right on the Firefighter storytime shelf. But you really need to practise Wee-Ooing before you share it. Go ahead, try it.
This book will not be fun. by Cirocco Dunlap, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, Random House, 2017
You can kind of tell from the title what this book is all about. Not fun, that’s for sure. An odd little mouse insists that no fun will be had. Of course, how can you resist a Giant Zero-Gravity Dance Party Filled With Impossible Creatures? You can’t. So get up and tap your toes, shake your bottom. But try not to have fun.
Out! by Arree Chung, Henry Holt and Co., 2017
A baby, imprisoned in a crib at night, is assisted by the family dog for a night-time jailbreak. Plenty of action occurs in this nearly wordless book, and kids will enjoy making up the story as you go along. While wordless books may be tricky at storytime, they are great for family sharing. Here’s a blog post to help if you want to try this one at your next storytime, thanks to Melissa over at Mel’s Desk.
This is a ball by Beck & Matt Stanton, Little, Brown & Co., 2017
From the series called “Books that drive kids crazy”, This is a Ball could be a really fun read. You’ll have to amp it up, though, and channel your best class-clown impersonation. It would pair well with the no-fun book above, and with The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak. So,why not make some kids shout in the library. It’s fun.