New and Noteworthy Picture Books, February 2019
We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some new picture books we are really excited about.
The Cars and Trucks Book by Todd Parr. Ages 3-6.
Todd Parr departs from his usual books about people and their relationships, and turns his unflaggingly positive, inclusive and ultra-quirky worldview onto cars and trucks! He has not abandoned his bold lines, his bright contrasting colours, nor his absurd images. A laundry van with a clothesline on top is not the silliest thing you will see. Guaranteed to amuse!
I Need a New Butt! by Dawn McMillan ill. Ross Kinnaird. AKA I Need a New Bum (in the UK). Ages 6-10.
A boy is distraught to realize his butt is busted (it's got a crack!). He runs through the possibilities of various upgrades: bulletproof, rocket butt, robo-butt etc. For those familiar with The Scottish Granny, she also likes it.
My Heart by Corinna Luyken. Ages 4-8.
A simple yet moving poem that is beautifully and profusely illustrated. The speaker is represented by multiple and diverse children in different pictures. This book will appeal to children of different ages in different ways and may well be worth revisiting. It is also available as an e-book.
Perfect by Max Amato. Ages 3-9.
Pencil's purpose is to mark pages up. Erasers's is to clean them up. Each undoes the other's work, Pencil gleefully, Eraser anxiously, until Eraser at last has an artistic epiphany that changes how he sees himself and his place in the world.
Two Can by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, ill. Ben Javens. Ages 3-7.
Two children who appear to be siblings overcome differences and disagreements. They learn to support each other in a busy playground and overcome new challenges such as using swings and swimming. Extremely simple text with a small vocabulary makes this a great choice for reading together.