Picture Book Preview: New and Noteworthy
Posted by Pat Gracey on behalf of Nina MacDonnell
We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that will be hitting shelves soon.
Here Comes Teacher Cat, by Deborah Underwood, Illustrated by Claudia Rueda, 2017, ages 4-8
Cat gets cajoled into becoming a substitute teacher. Though reluctant, Cat tries to come up with interesting lessons for the litter of little kittens. The kittens love the messy unstructured class and help Cat put everything back in place at the end of the day.
Grandma’s Tiny House, by JaNay Brown-Wood, Illustrated by Priscilla Burris, 2017, ages 3-6
A themed counting book filled with food, family and community. Grandma’s tiny house overflows with a romping good time. As the party grows and the tiny house seems even smaller, the story’s little hero has a brilliant idea.
Where’s Rodney, by Carmen Bogan, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper, 2017, ages 5-9
In class, Rodney fidgets. He can’t sit still or pay attention. Rodney dreams of being outside. His dream comes true with a field trip to the national park. At the park, Rodney listens to the call of adventure and shines with the majestic scenery. Rodney finds calm and peace in the great outdoors.
Say Zoop! By Hervé Tullet, Illustrated by Hervé Tullet, 2017, ages 3-6
Another interactive adventure by Hervé Tullet the author of Press Here. This instructive storybook explodes with colourful surprises and wacky noises.
Hair-Pocalypse, By Geoff Herbach, Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin, 2017, ages 5-8
Aiden’s hair has a mind of its own. It’s dirty, messy and wild. Aiden manages, until his wild mane becomes a hair-tastrophy. How will Aiden ever get his crazy locks under control?
This Beautiful Day, By Richard Jackson, Illustrated by Suzy Lee, 2017, ages 3-6
The story follows a group of three friends venturing into a drizzly dreary day with smiles and laughter. Their adventurous spirits illustrate how play and friendship can bring warmth and sunshine to the rainiest of days.
Mighty Moby, by Ed Young, Illustrated by Ed Young, ages 5-10
Shiver your timbers and buckle your britches for an ancient pirate tale. The suspense is thick, as our brave pirate searches for the mysterious Mighty Moby. As the story unfolds, it’s revealed that this wild adventure takes place in the deep dark imagination of a child taking a bath.
A Different Pond, by Bao Phi, Illustrated by Thi Bui, 2017, ages 5-9
Phi wakes up before the crack of dawn to go fishing with his father. Quietly, the story reveals that Phi and his family are refugees from Vietnam. Part of their survival is to fish for subsistence. The early fishing trips with his father teach Phi how to survive in their new home and how to stay connected to the home they left behind.