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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Storytime: New and Notable Picture Books (7)

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

George in the Dark
Written & Illustrated by Madeline Valentine

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George is brave - he stands up to bullies, swings the highest, and will eat things that make other kids shudder - but at bedtime, when his mom and dad turn out the light, George is terrified. With Bear stranded in the scariest and darkest place in his room, George must face his fear of the dark to rescue his friend. George in the Dark is a fun, lighthearted read, perfect for before bedtime and inspiring courage against the dark.

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero
Written & Illustrated by Deb Pilutti

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This newest read aloud from Deb Pilutti features Lava Boy and Captain Magma, a heroic duo who follow ten superhero rules. The duos antics and the rules, from using their super powers for good to always having a dependable sidekick, make this humorous offering a great pick for story time!

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads 
Written by Bob Shea; Illustrated by Lane Smith

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When Kid Sheriff Ryan slowly rolls into Drywater Gulch on his tortoise, a bit of creativity and imagination allow him to rid the town of the meddlesome Toad brothers, who are constantly up to no good. The boastful Toads are no match for a bit of clever thinking, imagination, and this little lawman. It's near impossible not to adopt rolling, cowboy-inspired accent while reading this one aloud, which just makes it that much more fun. This new offering from Bob Shea and Lane Smith is surefire storytime fun.

Hunters of the Great Forest
Written & Illustrated by Dennis Nolan

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In Hunters of the Great Forest , a fantastic new wordless story, readers follow a band of curiously tiny hunters as they embark on a journey full of adventure and danger. Small details lead to big surprises, delighting readers as they guess what will happen next. Wordless picture books can be daunting for some, but Nolan's illustrations naturally lead to questions and discussion that make this wordless read accessible to all.

Albie's First World: A Tale Inspired by Albert Einstein's Childhood
Written by Jacqueline Tourville; Illustrated by Wynne Evans

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This gorgeously illustrated story about the young Albert Einstein plays on the little known fact that Einstein was a bit of a late bloomer. Tourville introduces readers to Albie, a normal, inquisitive boy who is very loved and happy, but never speaks. Albie's parents are instructed to take Albie to see marvelous things, like the symphony and to hear a brilliant lecturer, with the hope that Albie will be inspired to speak. In the end, it is Albie's unquenchable curiosity that prompts his first word.


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!


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