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Friday, August 22, 2014

Storytime: New and Notable Picture Books (6)

Storytime is a new(ish) feature at The Hiding Spot in which I share some of my favorite new, old, & overlooked picture books.
Not a parent, teacher, or librarian? Picture books make fantastic gifts, from baby showers to birthdays and holidays. As bookworms, we all know how important books are – be the one who hands that special kid in your life the book that will make them fall in love with the magic of reading!

New & Notable

Pig and Small
Written & Illustrated by Alex Latimer

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Pig and Bug are very unlikely friends. After all, Pig is big and Bug is small. They try doing things together, like playing chess (Pig falls asleep while Bug is making his move) and playing hide and seek (Bug always finds Pig right away, but Bug takes hours to find), but their size makes things difficult. But then, Pig has a brilliant idea! With a little bit of thinking, Pig and Bug find all sorts of activities they can enjoy together. Pig and Small wonderful, funny story about friendship and overcoming differences.
Written & Illustrated by Keith Graves

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Halloween makes Master Edgar Dreadbury yawn. He finds costumes terribly tedious and not nearly scary enough. So, when he finds a grime covered contraption called the Mosterator inside a mysterious costume shop, he inserts a dime and steps inside. Monsterated, Edgar is fearsome to behold, no one is scarier to Edgar. When Edgar finds out he can't be un-monsterated, he growls and stomps home, but all is well as Edgar grows rather fond of his freakish new features and relishes his role as a monstrous creature! The Monsterator is a fabulous read for little monsters any time of year, but will be especially loved during Halloween! The final pages flip to "monsterate" Edgar, allowing for a countless combinations and interactive fun!

Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination
Written & Illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin

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In Day Dreamers, the companion to Dream Animals, Emily Martin once again enchants readers with lush illustrations and soothing, rhythmic text. Day Dreamers pairs fanciful and imaginative creatures with a message that creativity and wonder are to be wholeheartedly embraced and encouraged. Breathtaking.

Bunny the Brave War Horse
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod, Illustrated by Marie Lafrance

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This is the story of Bunny, a real police horse who was transferred to Europe during WWI and, along with brothers and soldiers Bud and Tom, bravely served his country. While the main focus is on Bunny and the role of horses during wartime, the text also touches on the physical and emotional destruction caused by war. This courageous long-eared horse provides readers with an inspirational story, as well numerous starting points for the discussion of WWI.
Earth Space Moon Base
Written & Illustrated by Ben Joel Price

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In Earth Space Moon Base a surprising trio teams up to protect the planet. How will a robot, a spaceman, and banana wielding monkey keep these tentacled invaders at bay? You'll have to read this book to find out! Retro illustrations will keep listeners engaged, while the spare text propels the story.


Love any of the books featured this week? Want to see a certain theme explore, author, or illustrator explored in an upcoming Story Time post? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I'm gonna have to follow your "Storytime" a little bit more closely because I learn that my best friend is pregnant so I'm totally gonna buy lots of books for her child. Books and baby shopping are the greatest ahahah. Day Dreamers seem really good, I'll have to take a look at it!

  2. This is going to have to grab Day dreamers and Dream animals for my son!!

  3. These all look so good and different from one another. The pig and the horse stories look the most intriguing to me. And the monster one. Oh, heck, I'd read all of them! =)


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