I'm always on the lookout for great new picture books. With so many monthly programs and outreach story times, it's important to stay up to date and to keep things fresh! Here are three titles I'm looking forward to using in my story times once they're released.
Levinthal, David. Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?: And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries. illus. by John Nickle. Schwartz & Wade. Sept. 2012. p. 40.
Officer Binky the frog solves nursery crimes, from who broke into the three bears' house to who poisoned Snow White. With a noir voice and a healthy dose of fractured fairy tale humor, this picture book engages readers familiar with nursery stories in a new, funny way. The illustrations add their own brand of humor to the whole, making for a fun read-aloud for a young school-age crowd.
Smith, Maggie. Pigs in Pajamas. illus. by author. Knopf BFYR. Dec. 2012. p. 32.
When Penelope Pig hosts a sleepover party, all her piggy friends don their pajamas and head to her house for an evening of fun. The gently rhyming texts is playful, and the emphasis of words beginning with the letter "p" will appeal to parents as well as preschoolers. The illustrations are a great combination of painting and photo collage, and young readers will get lots of enjoyment from trying to spot all of the "p" objects scattered throughout. Sure to be a great read-aloud.
Yaccarino, Dan. Doug Unplugged. illus. by author. Knopf BFYR. Feb. 2013. p. 40.
Doug is a young robot who learns everything he knows via download. One day, as he is downloading facts about the city, he decides to unplug and follow a pigeon. Suddenly Doug is exploring the wonders of the city firsthand, and he enjoys every moment of it. Yaccarino's bright, fanciful illustrations perfectly suit the simple, joyous story of Doug's discovery of the world and what he learns in it. Pair with Boy + Bot for a fun robot-themed story time.
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