Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April picture book roundup

It's been a while since I've done a picture book roundup and they've been piling up on my desk.  Here are a few new favorites:

Mayer, Mercer. 2011. Octopus Soup. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish.

Wordless and wonderful!  Find out how Octopus escapes the chef's pot! Too funny!
(Look inside)

Yaccarino, Dan. 2011. All the Way to America: the Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel. New York: Knopf.
When Dan grew up, he married Helen.  These are my grandparents.  Together Dan and Helen opened a market.  They sold all sorts of wonderful Italian food.  Now the little shovel belonged to Dan, and he used it to measure out beans, macaroni, and olives.
Dan Yaccarino's personal tale of immigration and tradition.  A perfect introduction to genealogy, and a great choice for this summer's reading theme of One World, Many Stories.

Watt, Melanie. 2011. You're Finally Here! New York: Hyperion.
This hilarious book has been waiting for you, and it's about time you showed up!

Pfister, Marcus. 2011. Questions, Questions. New York: NorthSouth.

Simple, thoughtful and artistic.  Guaranteed to elicit questions.
How do birds learn how to sing? What brings summer after spring? What turns leaves from green to brown and sends them floating gently down?
Beaumont, Karen. 2011. No Sleep for the Sheep! Ill. by Jackie Urbanovic. New York: Harcourt.

Get ready for a long night -
In the big red barn on the farm, on the farm, in the big red barn on the farm... A sheep fell asleep in the big red barn, in the big red barn on the farm. Then there came a loud QUACK at the door, at the door, and the sheep couldn't sleep any more.
 Rhyming and repetitive, this one is sure-fire fun!

Hartt-Sussman, Heather. 2011. Noni Says No. Ill. by Genevieve Cote. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra.

For every child who has ever agreed to do something, go somewhere, share something, or play with someone, when she really wanted to say no.  An empowering book for the kind and gentle child who always says yes.
(My daughter was this child.  I sympathize.)

1 comment:

  1. I'm always happy to see a new Dan Yaccarino title. This one looks particularly intriguing. All of these titles are new to me so I need to head to the library. Thanks for sharing!