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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Storytime: New & Notable Picture Books (38)

This week's Storytime features a vision impaired canine, a nervous teddy, a young gardener, a jet-setting Lady Liberty, and two very silly knights.

Douglas, You Need Glasses!

Written & Illustrated by Ged Adamson
Ages 3-7, Available Now

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Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations.

Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can’t see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor’s dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas’s owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, “Why are you taking me to a shoe store?” everyone will be giggling.

After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, readers will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he’s been missing!

Both kids and parents will laugh out loud—and may even recognize themselves!—while reading this utterly irresistible, hilarious picture book.

Oh, how I love this book! As one of the many members of my family who wears glasses, this book fits right in at my house. I would have loved share Douglas's story with my little sister when she was younger and insecure about wearing glasses

Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship
Written by Jessica Walton; Illustrated by Dougal MacPherson
Ages 4-8, Available Now

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Originally a Kickstarter project, the book was inspired by Walton's father's transition from male to female. In the story, a boy and his teddy bear, Thomas, are best friends. But one day, the boy finds that Thomas the Teddy is sad, and can't figure out why until the teddy shares that she's really Tilly the Teddy.

I'm a fan of this quiet story about a teddy named Thomas who nervously tells his best friend Errol that, in his heart, he is Tilly the Teddy. Hurrah for Tilly and her loving friends - both new and old!

Diana's White House Garden
Written by Elisa Carbone; Illustrated by Jen Hill
Ages 5-8, Available Now

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Diana Hopkins lived in a white house. THE White House.

World War II is in full force across the seas. It's 1943, President Roosevelt is in office, and Diana's father, Harry Hopkins, is his chief advisor. And Diana wants to be part of the war effort. After some well-intentioned missteps (her quarantine sign on her father's office door was not well-received), the President requests her help with his newest plan for the country's survival: Victory Gardens!

A great pick for the start of summer and the gardening season, the inspiring story of Diana Hopkins shows young readers that even they can make a difference and inspire others!

Lady Liberty's Holiday
Written by Jen Arena; Illustrated by Matt Hunt
Ages 5-8, Available Now

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Hit the road and see America with the Statue of Liberty!

The Statue of Liberty is feeling a little blue, despite being green. As much as she loves welcoming people to America, standing still for over a hundred years has left her with a stiff neck, aching arms, and a cramp in her leg. This lady could use a vacation!

With some encouragement from her friend Moe the pigeon, Lady Liberty takes off to see the rest of America! She explores the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, the waving wheat fields of Kansas, the breathtaking grandeur of the Grand Canyon, and the cozy sunshine of the California coastline. But will Lady Liberty make it back to New York City for the Fourth of July? And will she even want to?

I especially liked that Lady Liberty visited monuments and little, perhaps lesser known spots around the country. Perhaps a fun intro to a project or report on the US/specific place within US.

The Sword in the Stove
Written & Illustrated by Frank W. Dormer
Ages 4-8, Available Now

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Two knights have their dinner plans derailed as they discover object after object in their stove—objects that ominously belong to their missing friend, Harold—in this delightfully slapstick picture book.

Someone has put a sword in the stove.
Was it Eenie?
Was it Meenie?
Was it Harold?

Frank Dormer’s rollicking whodunit has bumbling characters worthy of The Three Stooges, sly humor straight out of Monty Python, and an irresistible screwball spirit all its own.

Can I buy this book for everyone I know? I can? Good! (Seriously though, this book is hilarious!) This is one you just need to pick up and read yourself.

Love any of the books featured this week? Let me know in the comments!


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