All of these fabulous picture books released this past week and we are so excited to share them with you!
Thanks to the publishers for sending us review copies!
Kate Olson ~ @theloudlibrarylady on Instagram
Natalie d’Aubermont Thompson ~ @livingbythepagewithnatalie on Instagram
Savannah Webster ~ @savannahsmilesubam on Instagram
Breana ~ @messy_hands_playtime on Instagram
Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins
(Chronicle Books ~ April 10, 2018)
First review and photo by Kate Olson ~ @theloudlibrarylady on Instagram
BRAVO! Carter Higgins is now becoming one of my favorite picture book authors, first with THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE in December 2017, and now with this adorable story. I love the message of this book of playing outside and enjoying the natural world, and I love the wild variety of tree houses from completely realistic to wildly fantastical.The text is poetic but very approachable for even young readers, and gives an all-over comfy and happy vibe. Hughes’ illustrations are whimsical with a diverse cast of characters shown throughout the book, and while this is going to be a perfect read aloud for my K-3 crowd, it will also be a delightful book for any child (or adult!) to cuddle up with to appreciate the more intricate details in the page spreads.
Highly recommended for every library’s picture book collection and for home libraries as well ~ I am purchasing it for both home and school!
And another review by Natalie d’Aubermont Thompson ~ @livingbythepagewithnatalie on Instagram
We are channeling all things green over here and ‘Everything You Need For a Treehouse‘ helped us get into our tree-climbing mindsets! It’s such a fun book that captures the whimsical imaginations of all sorts of epic treehouses (my favorite was the one with the bookshelves inside it-my 3.5 year old daughter yelled out “a book tree!” when we came across the illustration). Book tree indeed. And if you swipe you can see more of Emily Hughes’ lovely illustrations that epitomize childhood. The text by Carter Higgins is lyrical and told in a way that includes the whispering conversations of children in the throes of building and dreaming.
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan
(Chronicle Books ~ April 10, 2018)
Review and photo by Kate Olson ~ @theloudlibrarylady on Instagram
I was first introduced to Hena Khan’s work with her picture book GOLDEN DOMES AND SILVER LANTERNS: A MUSLIM BOOK OF COLORS, and then fell in love with her middle grade title AMINA’S VOICE as well. And now I have another picture book title of hers to swoon over as well! CRESCENT MOONS AND POINTED MINARETS is just as fabulous as GOLDEN DOMES is, and tells stories of the shapes found throughout the Muslim world, while simultaneously teaching lessons of Muslim culture. The illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini depict scenes from various countries around the world and are playful and vibrant, ensuring this book will be enjoyed by even the youngest of readers/listeners. Included in the back matter are a thorough glossary and an Author’s Note explaining the importance of shapes and geometry in Islamic art and architecture.
Required purchase for all library picture book collections.
Alma and How She Got her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
(Candlewick Press ~ April 10, 2018)
First review and photo by Savannah Webster ~ @savannahsmilesubam on Instagram
The cuteness factor that radiates from the cover is just the beginning of a very cute book about Alma’s namesake, Alma Sofia Esparanza Jose Pura Candela! (Say that five times fast!) The illustrations have a simple endearing quality to them with charcoal drawings with muted touches of pink, blue, and grey. Read along with her father as he tells the story behind each name. Will Alma appreciate her long name after their talk?
And another review by Kate Olson ~ @theloudlibrarylady on Instagram
This is the sweet story of how Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela got her name, told to her by her father, and it is absolutely fabulous. It will be available in both English and Spanish editions, although the English version does also include some Spanish words on signs in the book. The author’s note about her own LONG name and how she despaired over it while growing up in Lima, Peru before growing to love it later on in the US is a wonderful addition to the story. I will be purchasing this for my elementary library collection and reading to grades 1 and 2.
Review and photo by Breana ~ @messy_hands_playtime on Instagram
I enjoyed reading the Paris-Chien Adventure series with my two daughters who are 7 and 3 years old. I have one animal lover and another that is fascinated with foreign languages. These books combine both of those interests. The plots are fun and include real life situations, but through a dog’s eyes. Paris-Chien is all about moving to Paris, learning a new language, making new friends, and exploring a new place. Hudson in Provence has a message about being yourself. We really enjoyed the French phrases used throughout the books and the last page of every book conveniently contains a list of the phrases used, their pronunciation, and definitions. Each of the books contain beautiful illustrations of real locations in France. There is also the touch of silliness throughout the books as Hudson goes on adventures to the movie theater and carousel. There is something for everyone to enjoy in these books and they would be fun to read over and over again.
Review by Tracy Babler ~ @luandbeanread on Instagram
Friends, we have seen a lot of dual language books in Spanish and English, but these adorable books from La Librairie Parisienne are some of the few English/French books we’ve seen. The series follows Hudson, an ex-pat American dog, through his adventures living, traveling, and making friends in Paris. They are adorably illustrated and each offers a few words of French language learning for English speakers.
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