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Monday, December 8, 2014

Storytime: New & Notable Picture Books (10)

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
Three Little Words
Written by Clemency Pearce; Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

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Three Little Words is a quiet and encouraging little book about the power of three simple words: I love you! The vibrant illustrations depict the most adorable little animals struggling with difficult situations including lose, fear, and bashfulness - and how the worlds 'I love you' can be mighty, brave, and tender enough to turn their frowns upside down. Spare, rhyming text and the bright illustrations make this read aloud a great pick for even the littlest listeners!

Aw, Nuts
Written & Illustrated by Rob McClurkan

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Squirrel will stop at nothing to get his hands on the perfect acorn that always seems to be just out of his grasp! The situation and humor in this one reminds me of the silly squirrel from the beginning of the Ice Age movies. Perhaps the greatest thing about this one is that you'll likely start hearing exclamation of 'aw, nuts' from little listeners.

Rupert Can Dance
Written & Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

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"Rupert has a big secret. When his owner, Mandy, is fast asleep, he likes to slip on her dancing shoes and dance the night away. Then one night Mandy catches Rupert in the act. She’s not upset; she’s thrilled! And she’s determined to give Rupert dancing lessons so he can hone his talent. Rupert is horrified. Lessons are for dogs. Cats like to do things their own way. Dismayed, he loses all interest in dancing and goes into hiding. But Mandy comes up with the perfect plan to get Rupert dancing again ..."

Every time I read this book I love it more. There is something so appealing about this entire story and Feiffer's quirky style of illustration. It just makes me happy.

How to Bake a Book
Written & Illustrated by Ella Burfoot

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"Discover the secret ingredients to crafting a truly delicious story...

Turn up the heat-
the bubbles quicken.
And then my plot
begins to thicken.

Join one lucky little girl as she learns the recipe for making the perfect story. A pinch of good, a dash of bad, some big words, and carefully cut out characters all provide the ingredients for a truly delicious read. "

I could definitely see this one being used in the classroom. I'm a big fan of the rhyming text and whimsical illustrations!

And Away We Go
Written & Illustrated by Migy

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Mr. Fox's hot air balloon has arrived and now he's off to the moon! Except Elephant wants to go too. And Giraffe. And Squirrel. And maybe a few other friends too. Will everyone fit in the balloon? Readers will have fun guessing who will want to join next (and what silly item they'll want to bring along!). Colorful, retro illustrations accompany the simple, repetitive text.

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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