Looking for some new picture books to share? Here are a few!
All Year Round by Emilie Ledue, Groundwood Books
A little boy and his cat romp through the seasons with active, un-rhymed poems. With soft, retro-style illustrations, this makes a good addition to seasonal storytimes. You could share part or all of it, it works both ways.
Where is Jumper? By Ellen Stoll Walsh Beach Lane Books
Walsh’s signature cut-paper mice cavort across the pages, looking for Jumper (a mouse). If you are looking for a simple way to teach directions – up, down, across, under – this fits the bill. There’s not a lot of story, but kids will enjoy looking for Jumper in the pictures, and get a quick lesson in prepositions while they do.
Goodnight, Good Dog by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Rebecca Malone Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A little dog should go to sleep, but he does not want to. Finally, he settles down to dream of the sun. Not much story, but those who love dogs will be drawn to this simple jaunt. With thick black lines filled with pastel colour, the illustrations are childlike and gentle. Add to pet storytimes.
Little Big by Jonathan Bentley Eerdmans Books
In this fanciful Australian import, a little brother wants to be big. But being big has its price, and this little guy explores that thought. With delightful watercolor and pencil illustrations featuring BIG animals (giraffe, gorilla, crocodile), this little story will be a fun addition to storytime or just right for a lap share. PS—I just love the cover of this one, with the giraffe’s neck as part of the text. Put it up on display and it will get grabbed right off the shelf.
The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson Owlkids Books
This could work in storytime, but what a great classroom share this one is. I learned about the connection between ravens and wolves – something called mutualism – in this very readable picture book. When a picture book can teach an adult something new, teachers should take note! This story of ravens helping wolves find food in winter can work just as a story, but also makes a great jumping-off point for science and nature discussions. Illustrated in paintings reminiscent of aboriginal art, this ode to the natural world is one to share.