New and Noteworthy Books: August 2020

August 17, 2020 | Pat

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Mother and child reading a picture book.

We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. All of these books we are recommending this month are available as ebooks.

Posted on behalf of the Children's Selection Team.

Hello world!

Hello World. Written and illustrated by Ethan Long. Ages 3-6

Imagine Richard Scarry and P.D Eastman working together and you might get an idea of this zany, colourful search-and-find book. It features a lot of eye-catching attractions for early readers. There’s concrete things to find, like a deer and several species of birds. There's a ladybug who makes ends meet by walking dogs, goofy scenes that go overboard on alliterations and rhymes, silly dialogues and much more. 


Hike. Written and illustrated by Pete Oswald. Ages 4-7

Grab your knapsack and lace up your boots! In this nearly wordless adventure, a father and child continue a family tradition and set out early one morning on a memorable hike in the mountains to soak up the wonders of nature. Ages 4-8.


My Ocean is Blue

My Ocean is Blue by Darren Lebeuf. Illustrated by Ashley Barron. Ages 4-7

A child experiences the ocean in its many contrasting permutations. At high tide and low. The warm dry sand and the cold slimy seaweed. An ecosystem stretching out to the horizon and another in her cupped hands. Simple text compliments appealing paper cut collages from the author illustrator team that brought us My Forest is Green.


Pete the Cat Secret Agent

Pete the Cat Secret Agent by Kimberly and James Dean. Illustrated by James Dean. Ages 4-8

Secret Agent Meow is a master of disguise and espionage. Will you be able to spot him? He also has an impressive underground headquarters and an array  of hi tech super secret gadgets: a camera watch, a flying secret catcher, and a car that is also a helicopter and a skateboard. Move over, Batman!


They Say Blue

They Say Blue. Written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Ages 5-7.

A young girl reflects on common phrases such as the, "sky is blue" or "the ocean is blue". These statements are often, but not always true. She muses on the unseen colours inside of things. Yellow egg yolks inside eggs, red blood beneath her skin. These are things that she cannot see but knows to be true. The way the world changes colours around her throughout the year is noted and also makes this a good  choice for anyone interested in a more subtle book on the change of seasons.

Une edition imprimée en francais est aussi disponible. 


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